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)
Fantastic story line. What a world. So much going on.
could be better
Sleep with one eye open
Can't wait to start the second novel in the series
It is a complex story with a lot of characters and time jumps, something that would take me forever to read in the short evenings I have. Listening to the book made me look forward to my hour commute back and forth to work each day.
There were several (literal) jaw dropping story twists that were excellent.
His performance was good. I prefer women readers myself, mainly because they don't try and sound like a man when reading the dialog of a male character. Mr. Brick fortunately doesn't do much of this either. There is nothing more annoying than a man trying to sound like a woman and coming out sounding like a little girl play acting.
Several laughing points, no crying, but several jaw drops.
This was a satisfying listen, I enjoyed both the first book and this one. One of the things that is extremely nice is that the listener wasn't left hanging at the end of this book. It was obvious that there will be a third to continue the story, but there was no cliff hanging story line to frustrate the listener; it stopped with a nice wrap up and was given a little hint of continuing story line to add just enough anticipation that the listener will look forward to the arrival of the third in the series.
If you are in a very quiet room just focusing on the book, maybe you can follow it better than me. I kept finding myself drifting from this book. I had to re-listen to several parts.
I found this book to be drawn out. The first book kept me very interested, but by comparison, this one is so slow. Not really exciting.
Disgust at the actions that the some of the females had to endure.
I enjoyed the storyline and the characters, both new and old. I'm excited to read the last installment!!
Probably not. He is wonderful to a degree and has a great tone. My only issue with him was The Twelve is already a dramatic story at times, then you had in his over the top reading through some parts and it lost something. There were times I stopped listening at these moments and read the book then would go back to the audio. All in all I didn't mind it but at times he over dramatized the drama and it because comical instead of the intensity I think it deserved.
Only to a friend with a fascination for apocalyptic fiction, and a very patient nature. Some of the narrative was a little too metaphysical for the story - didn't quite jive.
I finished The Passage and went right into The Twelve. I was expecting to see Peter and his group Kill another of the twelve . Of course then I would have to buckle down and wait for each of the next eleven books. Thank You Justin for apparently not choosing that format.
Justin created a world ruled by vampires, and at the same time ravaged by human hands. In The Passage we learned that people had found the fountian of youth, but also found that it had bad side effects. The U.S. government chose twelve people from death rows around the country. They created the twelve vampires that would end the world as we know it. The Passage ended with the heros killing one of the twelve.
The Twelve started five years after the killing of one of the twelve. Each of the main characters, Peter, Aime, Sarah, Isha, and Micheal had continued on with their lives seperatly from the others. Peter joining the army fighting the virals, Aime taking care Peter's brother's baby Caleb, Micheal becoming an oiler, and Sarah being kidnapped. Each of the members would travel through the story aimed at the same destination, the destruction of the twelve. The stories of the group from beginning to end are fantastic. Each one of the stories had its own character that met new characters and followed its own seperate story. The author was very creative in this way. Not only did he create a whole new world but he also created full stories for his main characters.
The evil character in this book was not even a part of the twelve. He was a normal person that had become more by keeping one of the twelve chained up. He was creating a city that support the twelve in the future. This character in the beginning struggles with the bad things he has done to his own people, but this does not last long.The main characters all meet here at this city for a final confrontation with evil. The fianl battle has many unexpected twists and turns that will keep you guessing.
This a very well written book. I would recommend it to all the zombie lovers out their because it introduces vampires on the level of zombies. Something new for you to read about.
Whereas the The Passage seemed sprawling and meandering (in a very good way), The Twelve is, equally epic, is much tighter in terms of the novel's overall goal and how it gets the reader there. Like the first book, this book is filled with wonderful characters: the old ones from the first book return, along with characters only lightly mentioned in the first book and some brand new ones as well. And, it's the characters -- their development, their interaction, their growth, that makes them so compelling. Combine this strong sense of character development with a gripping plot structure, and you have what makes for an excellent audiobook. And, with Scott Brick as narrator, well, the guy could read the White Pages and make it a gripping listen. Scott Brick knows how to narrate.
So, there you have it: gripping story, fantastic sense of character development, and a narrator who knows how to tell a story (not as easy as it sounds). The total package is, well, one helluva story. Enjoy!
This is the best second book in a trilogy since the Two Towers. Simply incredible. Cronin ties up some loose ends, and leaves others waiting for the final book. I can't wait for the last installment.
I am a 40 year old physical therapist. I can remember when I was 12 I thought Stephen King was the only author in the world and I read any of his books...... Now my love for reading has grown...I love to listen and now... To about anything.....
This book along with the passage rates in my top five
My favorite would have to be Peter because of the intense development of his character.
Yes. Again,like the first, I was so wrapped up in everyone's lives that I hated to turn the audio off
I'm a guy. I like books about war and sci-fi. I listen to 2 or 3 books a week.
Another fine performance by Mr. Brick & Cronin continues with a fine vampire story that stretches generations. Money well spent and I cannot wait for the next edition!
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