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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

Critic Reviews

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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Great narrator and atmospheric story

I enjoyed this one. I'm looking forward to final part of the trilogy when it arrives.

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If you enjoyed Passages, DO NOT miss The Twelve.

I found the story riveting, the character development rich and rewarding, and the action consistently fresh and surprising. In short, Justin Cronin has done it again. He does not disappoint. Ever. Scott Brick is amazing as always. Just Don't miss The Twelve.

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Confusing ending

Felted a Little rushed towards the. But overall, really good read. Good Sequel. Lots of loose ends.

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  • Sarah
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  • 11-07-15

Not as good as the first book

The narrator was not great. In fact it almost got in the way of the story. But then again, the story wasn't great. It started out ok, but quickly became boring, the pace was slow and plodding. The first book was fantastic. Not sure if as much thought went into this one. Sorry but I can't recommend it.

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Can I get my money back?

Would you try another book from Justin Cronin and/or Scott Brick?

Scott Brick is the best! He really needs to watch who he lends his voice to. I loved the first book of this trilogy and looked forward to the Twelve....I finally gave up waiting for it to get better by chapter 10. It's like being inside a schizophrenic mind. If you don't believe me read the Washington Post review. Wish I would have read it first.

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

Wrote with some semblance of order.

Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

None

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

How about all of it?

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trash cut from book one? second book!

this guy needs someone to tell him when he's wasting our time. 90% wasted time.

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a big fan of Justin Cronin!

Love this story, can't wait for book three! Great narrator, I couldn't stop listening. thanks

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Sequel-esk failings

Not as good as the first one. But that is to be expected. Having said that I have to admit that I kept trying to sneak in time to listen to it; and anxiously awaiting the next book.

It was very interesting, though a little drawn out, on filling in the gaps from the first book. This same attention to detail caused the end to seem rushed; almost as if the author was under pressure to get it done. I hope the next book takes into account that the 'present' of the main characters deserve more detail than characters who play a minor role in the overall scheme of the storyline.

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EVEN BETTER THAN THE FIRST BOOK!!!

What did you love best about The Twelve: A Novel?

The characters that are brought in from the first book :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alicia and Amy...because they are awesome! Everything they do is to make things better.

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

The Passage. I love his voice. He does such a great job.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I can't say without giving something away. I guess I will just say when Sarah starts working for Lila

Any additional comments?

I am loving this series. The books are loooooooong, but they are wonderful. I have been listening to this one for quite a while. I only get to listen when I am getting ready or cleaning, which I love...but sometimes it doesn't offer me much time to listen. I hated turning it off every time!

This book was so exciting. There is so much going on as the humans try to get rid of the virals. There are some who think that the world can exist with both, and then there are the smart ones, who know it's not possible.

Now, having said this, there are a few of the "virals" that are not "real" virals. They still know whats right and wrong, and want the world to be returned to "normal". Alicia and Amy are my favorites of these different beings. They bring so much to this book.

I love how this book brought characters more into play from the first book. We get to find out about what happened to a few "insignificant" characters from book one, that turn out to be very important in this installment.

The fight was epic! You must read to know what I am talking about. The groups coming together was awesome. The connections in this installment are so great. I cannot wait to see what the third book brings! I am so excited for it.

I don't want to say too much because I don't want to give anything away by accident. I just really enjoyed this book and The Passage. They are both fantastic. I hate waiting for books to come out so I try really hard not to start them until they are all out. Sometimes I just can't. I must read them now...hehe

The next book doesn't come out till May of 2016...UGH! That is a long time to wait to read about the epic conclusion of this series. Well, I am hoping it's as epic as the first two :).

I love Cronin's writing and I really enjoy the narrator Scott Brick. His voice is so nice to listen to.

I hope you will give this series a chance. It has been so great so far. The second book was even better than the first book. I am hoping the trend continues with the third book.

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Could probably have been a few chapters shorter

The book seemed to drag through the middle, creating a feeling of the reader having to run a marathon. The narrator's droning voice added to this feeling of drudgery and I really just listened to the end so I could try to figure out how the third book in the series will find a toe hold.

Not sure if I'd try and find out what happened I that one 😳