This is one of my favorite books. It is complicated, surprising, thought provoking and entertaining. Not far fetched to where you can't see it actually happening. No one is safe. I hated the Twilight books. This one brings the true original terror of the vampire myth to life in present day...what if????
I have to admit, I had initially given up on this book before coming back and trying again. Expecting this book to start off where the first book left off, I was initially confused when this book starts off back in modern times, and begins jumping around from place to place with characters that had not been introduced to the story before. I began to wonder if this book was going to begin a totally new story separate from the one in the first book, and not involving any of the previous book's characters, and decided to shelve it for awhile and listen to another book.
I eventually returned to “The Twelve”, and it appears I gave up just as the story was beginning to take shape. On my second attempt to listen, I found myself quickly falling into the story and it’s new characters, an ex-military loner, a secret service agent, a doctor left behind by her husband, and a teenager, her brother, and a slow man who drove their school bus. One character, Grey, had a small part in the last book as a janitor in the facility that housed the virals. The story begins to take shape as the new cast of characters attempt to flee their homes at the begging of the plague.
Eventually the story switches back to the future, and some of the old characters you grew to love in the first book begin to re-emerge, with Peter once again as the focal point. The story begins to take shape from there, and you start to see the reason for the additional characters added at the beginning of the book. All the characters from the first book, including Amy, slowly gather together to once again fight the twelve viral leaders.
In the end I enjoyed the book very much, although there were a few things that could have been better. The beginning of the book was jumbled and confusing. On the other hand, I suppose I could have been a little more patient while the story developed. The book spent a lot of time on the teenaged girl who traveled with her brother, their school bus driver, and a ex-military loner, and eventually they’re introduction went no where. Perhaps they will show up in the next volume of the series, but it seemed to be a waisted investment in characters. The narrator is a little dry, and it takes a while to get used to him as well, adding to the difficulty with the books beginning. Also, while the last book ended with a cliff hanger, this book offers few details about what happened during the viral attack on the Texas colony Roswell, or how the characters got scattered all over the place. Or how Amy and Peter end up in Texas themselves for that matter.
Overall though, this was a pretty good middle book in the series, and I look forward to the next installment.
This was a great continuation of The Passage trilogy. Justin Cronin has created an epic adventure with memorable characters and a gripping story.
Scott Brick could not have done a better job. His characters were dead on with my image of them and his performance was flawless. I know the third installment of this trilogy is not due but I'm on here tonight looking for more Scott Brick books.
Mr. Cronin's titles are pretty simple and that's the way it should be. Anything I would come up with would be too corny for this brilliant work.
Did I mention that I liked it?
Hard Sci-Fi Connoiseur.
Still doesn't feel quite right calling this a vampire series (even though that's what it is). The narrative voice is so different - like a biblical retelling. Ranks as one of the top 10 most memorable fantasy / sci-fi books I've ever read ... though I can't say I LOVED but book ... I really really admire it. The execution is fantastic. The world strange, dark and compelling - feels truly alien even though it's still Earth. The Twelve really opens up narrative - looking forward to the last in the trilogy.
No, I hardly ever do.
It grips . The characterizations pulled me in .
Hammy pre-war Shakespearean sing song delivery . Appalling.
All the characterizations work for me in this genre
I like intelligent well written science fiction with flawed or developed characters, Frank Herbert, Frederick Pohl, and Alaistar Reynolds.
That it was an improvement from the original. I did not care for the original because it was full of useless banter with unessential characters.I almost was not going to get the second book but felt compelled to continue the story. The book was still long but the action was better, and the conversations was tied to the story while the first book did not do a good job in regards to tying the pointless conversations into the storyline.
My favorite character was Amy's father.
He seems to have gotten better with his diversification and repertoire of voices.
Hope the next book continues with improvements.
The editor from The Passage.
I would cut The Twelve out of The Passage just like someone smart did before and never publish The Twelve.
The Passage was so good and this is so bad I would swear it was fan fiction. Tries to sound poetic and sounds like bad high school writing. 3 or 4 rewrites with a good editor might save it but I guess we will never know now.
Say something about yourself!
4-1/2 - Excellent book can't wait till the next one. Narration by Scott Brick was very good.
It had an engaging story
I really liked the way the first one was presented. It had the "diary dug up in the ruins" feel with many views from different characters. The twelve did not have as much of that but was still a solid story with good plot and characters. I did not like the direction taken with the lead and his lady, but I am sure there is going to be a reason when the third book comes out. I like the "it may be hopeless, but we're gonna keep going" aspect of the story. That is what I feel makes a good post-apoc story. Like "Earth abides" and "the postman", the situation seems hopeless with setbacks at every turn, but the characters press on, make the sacrifices, and come out on top. (for the most part)
I keep seeing people complain about there being too many subplots. You people who feel this way must have very short attention spans. The book was fantastic with all of it's subplots. Can't wait for the last one.