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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 | [Justin Cronin]

The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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...

The Twelve

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

What the Critics Say

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)

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    GeekMom Austin, TX 11-12-12
    GeekMom Austin, TX 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "I so wanted to love this book . . ."

    Like so many others, I loved The Passage and was counting down the days until The Twelve was available on Audible. Sadly, the book did not live up to my expectations. All the compelling tension of the first book seemed to be missing from this one. The story had its moments, mostly in the second half, but characters that seemed so complex and 3-dimensional in The Passage felt flat. Scott Brick is one of my favorite narrators, but I felt that he contributed to the slow pace of the novel this time. I ended up listening on 1.5X speed which helped move the book along. Will I take on the third book in the trilogy? Probably, but I hope Mr. Cronin listens to his critics.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12
    Matthew SEATTLE, WA, United States 11-05-12 Listener Since 2009
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    "Come to me..come to me..part 2."
    Where does The Twelve: A Novel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In terms of being an epic journey, near the top. Certainly this continues the journey started in "The Passage", both adding more detail, plot and complexities, as well rounding out characters and backfilling the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Twelve: A Novel?

    The battle scenes are fascinating.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He needs to cover alot of ground, and does a remarkable job in that regard. He is my favourite performer however, so I am naturally biased.


    If you could rename The Twelve: A Novel, what would you call it?

    The Journey


    Any additional comments?

    Part 2 of this sprawling series ( I believe it will be a trilogy ) is engrossing ( sometimes gross as well ) and both mystical , almost too much so for it's own good at times, and a wonderful addition to the genre. Most listeners will look me in looking forward to the final installment.

    Come to me!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 11-21-14
    D. Crosby Seattle, WA USA 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't get past the first half hour."
    What disappointed you about The Twelve: A Novel?

    I listened to and enjoyed The Passage. The sequel started out with a bunch of pseudo-religious garbage read in exactly the sort of sing song voice you would expect for such nonsense.


    Has The Twelve: A Novel turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Admittedly, I'm not a huge sic-fi fan, but I did enjoy The Passage. I certainly won't continue with either this author or reader.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Scott Brick?

    My favorites are Simon Vance and Simon Preeble (sp?), but I generally enjoy the readers on audible. Not this one.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    I would have thrown the whole thing in waste basket after reading the first chapter.


    Any additional comments?

    I know it is unfair to write such a negative review after listening to only a half hour or so, but I asked for my credit back on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah 11-21-14
    Sarah 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Took a religious turn"
    Any additional comments?

    The first book was very interesting but this one I didn't get the timeline right away and it turned into an unimaginative religious thing I didn't like. I lost interest and never finished it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    carolaird 09-25-14
    carolaird 09-25-14

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    "I'd rather read the yellow pages"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Justin Cronin should have more respect for me as a reader. The Passage was my favorite books this year, at least up until Alicia joins the army and Cronin stops writing and starts summarizing and loses his plot. It seems he never found that plot in the second book. I lasted five chapters and decided to stop. My time is precious.


    What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it at all and save the forest. The Passage is a stand alone book. Cronin should have developed the mirrors idea in the last half, as it seemed to be a most crucial plot point. He should have closed the story at the end, and have the virals defeated by the use of mirrors. Trilogies are financially clever, but artistically useless with most stories.


    What aspect of Scott Brick’s performance would you have changed?

    Just read the story, Scott. Give up the constant dramatic tremble. Otherwise, your voice is good and I felt sorry for you, having to read 700 pages of this and trying to give it a meaning.


    What character would you cut from The Twelve: A Novel?

    N/A. Read five chapters and couldn't find the soul in any of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    No more trilogies. If you need more than one book, the story is too long.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 09-14-14
    Laura 09-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a Scott Brick Fan"
    What made the experience of listening to The Twelve: A Novel the most enjoyable?

    Loved the story, but Scott Brick is a very mannered narrator. I hate to say it but his narration detracted from an otherwise great story.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brian Riney Louisville, KY 01-30-14
    brian Riney Louisville, KY 01-30-14
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    "Glad this story ended"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was so glad when this ended. So tired of listening to it. Should've stopped at book1. There are just too many stories, and too many characters, going on. Difficult to keep track of them all in an audio book. Some scenes are too descriptive, making them longer than necessary.


    What could Justin Cronin have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Eliminated unnecessary characters and their stories.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Scott Brick?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 12-15-12
    D. WARD Midlothian, Virginia United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Brilliant second installment"

    This book rates way up there with the best I've read. It's a terrific second installment. I too, like others have mentioned in reviews, struggled a bit with the first few chapters . I am so glad I stuck with it because it evolved into the amazing continuation of The Passage.
    It is a deep, complicated and huge story. I loved it and am thrilled that there will be yet another part to this amazing trilogy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-30-12
    Jeff HOUSTON, TX, United States 11-30-12
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    "Good book, but a bit confusing at times"
    Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

    Scott Brick does an amazing job narrating and Cronin is an excellent writer. Will check out the next book in the series when it's out and hope it doesn't jump around so much and leave so many empty holes.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The development of the virals is great. The story jumps around quite a bit and is a bit hard to follow at times. Some people in the story are built up, then sort of vanish and you don't hear anything about them. Maybe to be picked back up in the next book? Who knows.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Just as good as the first in the series.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Justin WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States 11-22-12
    Justin WEST PALM BEACH, FL, United States 11-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good sequel, but very different from the first"

    The Twelve is a worthy sequel to The Passage, though it didn't quite keep me up at night like the first book. The imagery and pacing doesn't quite pack the same punch, and if you're not a careful reader some of the most important character relationships can sail right past you. The Passage introduced the reader to a strange new world full of horrors brought to life with vivid imagery and suspenseful chase scenes, whereas The Twelve is told in a series of sorrowful vignettes which only during the last quarter of the book begin to tie together. The Twelve requires a bit more patience to enjoy, though I definitely did.

    One of the more entertaining aspects of The Passage was Justin Cronin's skillful employment of tropes. He weaves elements which could easily become cliche into a story that's greater than the sum of it's parts, a Hollywood action movie on literary steroids. In The Twelve, Cronin takes a different approach.

    The Twelve is structured more as a biblical parable of sin and redemption (or sin and destruction). The story focuses more on the (non-viral) antagonists; each is given an elaborate backstory full of suffering, each makes a terrible decision in response to their anguish and becomes a monster, then finally each is redeemed or destroyed depending on whether or not they try to right their terrible actions.

    This may turn off readers that are expecting another scary sci-fi adventure. The religious references are also dialed way up to 11, which while cute at first might become a little irritating by the end. Finally the characters from the first book generally take a back seat to the new antagonists, and sometimes come off as a little too woodenly "Good".

    Scott Brick delivers his performance in a lilting, melancholy voice that's absolutely appropriate for Cronin's prose. In some other books I wonder if Brick doesn't actually interfere with the story by adding pathos the author didn't intend. Not so with The Twelve (or The Passage), where his style is a perfect fit for both the style and the substance of the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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