The end of the world was only the beginning.
In his internationally best-selling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with...
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as "Last Stand in Denver", has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned - and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.
©2012 Justin Cronin (P)2012 Random House Audio
Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, Esquire, U.S. News & World Report NPR/On Point, and St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"[A] blockbuster." (The New York Times Book Review)
"Magnificent...Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them.... The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road." (Time)
I have 2 other books that I consider perfect they are in order The Passage written by Justin Cronin and 11-22-63 by Stephen King. My follow ups are Roboapocalypse and World War Z. Now that you know a little bit of what I like, I can tell you that The Twelve (Currently listening to and almost finished) lives up to the well thought out story we were used to in The Passage. Where his first book introduces us to some of the main characters we have grown to love and miss in the twelve Justin takes them all (including some new lovable ones) to new levels. His balance and descriptive writing coupled with Scott Bricks voice lends brilliance to this followup novel on so many levels. LIke the first book i find myself partaking in the listen in small tasty nuggets not wanting to make a gluten of myself and find myself on the last page too soon. Justins writing is compariable to the great Sci Fi writers (or Horror) of our day and i recommend this followup book immensly.
Very similar to his first book but gives you much more bredth and width of the story of the years after year Zero
He does not so much change his voice between characters instead adding subtle inflections in the voice to lend credence to the character in question.I could not ask for a better narrator.
Maybe Peter Jackson to find out more about his family, particularly his brother and his feelings towards Amy.
YOU gotta listen to this book.
Most sequels pick up where the last book left off, but that doesn’t quite happen with The Twelve. Cronin finds a clever way to bring readers back up to speed in the beginning (I won’t say how) and briefly lands five years after the events of the previous book.
Then he goes back to Year Zero, when the plague of “virals”–vampire/zombie-ish creatures created in the lab–was unleashed on the North American continent.
The characters he follows are some we’ve met before, including some whose fates seemed a foregone conclusion. Turns out, we were wrong. The new characters in this part of the book seem disconnected from the story so far, but keep reading, because everything turns out to be connected.
That’s not to say this part of the book is boring or a trial to read, far from it. As in the first book, the collapse of this world is incredibly gripping and his characters are fascinating. The reader’s patience–because we waited SO patiently for two years to find out what happens next–is richly rewarded, both by finding out what happens to the characters in Year Zero and by how the story continues 97 years later.
Mr. Cronin certainly knows how to keep things from proceeding in a predictable manner. He also has a remarkable talent for creating characters people genuinely care about. When he “killed off” a major character in the first book (yes, the quotes are there for a reason) it was hugely controversial, mainly because he was such a beautifully conceived character. While the book has some truly evil characters, almost all are given moments of complexity.
I felt a major theme of the first book was how goodness is not always sufficient in battling evil, as good people helped create the crisis by the sin of omission, or by waiting too long to act. In The Twelve, the theme of redemption runs through the story, as several characters try to right many wrongs, including some they helped to create. Another running theme is the relationship between parent and child, as several characters lose or are separated from their children.
Consequently, this is a book populated by many sad and lonely characters, including some of the monsters, who aren’t quite as monstrous as one would assume. Some are going to break your heart. They sure broke mine.
Scott Brick, as always, gives a stellar performance.
First, the story is just so layered and multi-faceted. It's so well-crafted that it feels like there is not a single thing that happens that does not have further significance. I literally didn't want to stop reading because I *had* to know what was next. Second, Scott Brick's narration is probably the best I've ever heard. It's flawless.
It is literally unlike any novel I've ever written. The Twelve isn't even similar to The Passage, at least the first half of it anyway.
It's such a finely nuanced performance. Every character, it seems, has his/her own voice and none of it is forced or awkward.
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There was a brief period I thought I wouldn't like this book. A lot of time was spent revisiting the initial infection time. I wanted the story to progress toward resolution, not revisit the past. However, not a word was wasted and it all come into play. I still liked The Passage better on the whole, but this book still remains a must-read.
This was an excellent book. The best sequal to any book I have ever listened to. I started listening to it and couldnt stop. I would suggest everyone listen to the Passage and then The Twelve. Cant wait for the third installment. Too bad it will not be out until 2014.
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Yes. It's read by Scott Brick! He's one of my fav narrators. Feels like he's telling a story.
2 many 2 list. Lots of characters but not hard 2 follow which sometimes happens with 2 many characters.
Yes. He is my favorite!
When Amy broke the cats neck. I know she did it out of love but I can't stand to read about anything bad happening 2 animals. Always makes me cry. I'm a whimp regarding that subject.
This is a book u really need 2 read the preceding book b4. I just happened 2 re-read The Passage last month by chance not even knowing a sequel was 2 b released. I'm glad I did. Everything was fresh in my mind
I recommend this series to anyone with a pulse. Finally book 2 is here praise Allah!!
If you havn't read "The Passage" yet you HAVE TO get it as well as "The Twelve" NOOWW!
Brick is one of the best narrators around and he's the perfect voice for this series.
A film wouldn't be a long enough format to do this series justice. I would rather see it as a series or mini-series on hbo or showtime.
I can't wait for the next book.
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