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Publisher's Summary

In The Passage and The Twelve, Justin Cronin brilliantly imagined the fall of civilization and humanity's desperate fight to survive. Now all is quiet on the horizon - but does silence promise the nightmare's end or the second coming of unspeakable darkness? At last this best-selling epic races to its breathtaking finale.

The world we knew is gone. What world will rise in its place?

The Twelve have been destroyed, and the 100-year reign of darkness that descended upon the world has ended. The survivors are stepping outside their walls, determined to build society anew - and daring to dream of a hopeful future.

But far from them, in a dead metropolis, he waits: Zero. The First. Father of the Twelve. The anguish that shattered his human life haunts him, and the hatred spawned by his transformation burns bright. His fury will be quenched only when he destroys Amy - humanity's only hope, the Girl from Nowhere who grew up to rise against him.

One last time light and dark will clash, and at last Amy and her friends will know their fate.

©2016 Justin Cronin (P)2016 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"One of those rare authors who work on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills." ( Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

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Couldn't wait for the end

I lost interest about 4 chapters in. Just seemed to drag on work detail after detail that just didn't matter.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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I wanted vampires, not college orgies

The first book in the trilogy was incredible. The second one was really good. The first half of this one sucks! Then the second half is OK. The ending is heartfelt. I got to give the author credit, his writing is beautiful. And the narrator did a fantastic job as usual. The only reason I dislike this book, is the backstory. It’s incredibly long, boring, and overly sexual.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Found myself skipping over sections

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Not this one, unfortunately. It went on and on and on.

Would you be willing to try another book from Justin Cronin? Why or why not?

Perhaps.

What three words best describe Scott Brick’s performance?

I became annoyed by the dramatic droning tones after a while.

Any additional comments?

I wanted to like this book but it annoyed me more than anything else. It was droning and repetitive and at times just downright eye-rolling.

At times I said, "Get ON with it, already!" The story line just stagnated.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Hated it.

Loved the first two. Really I did. Went to see Justin Cronin at a book reading. Listened to both books 3 times. Waited with anticipation and checked every source monthly for a publishing date. Needless to say, I downloaded it the day it came out.
When I was done, I was left with the feeling that Cronin was sick of this story and sick of his characters.
No, authors don't owe us the story that we might want, and they ought not write to please focus groups. I get that.
As readers, we make a commitment to see a story through. With our time, patience and with our money. It would be nice if the final installment of every trilogy took our imaginations to the same places as the first.
This one didn't do it for me.
If you went as far as reading the first two, nothing anyone will say, good or bad will keep you from learning what happens to those survived thus far.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Boreing!

jumps around too much from character to character. 4 hours in and nothing seems to tie together. Barely any character interaction as most of the chatter is their thoughts. Don't waste your credits unless you just want white noise to go to sleep by.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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All over the place. A disappointment.

I couldn't finish it. It was all over the place even after reading the great first two books.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Would not recommend.

A full half of this book could be posted unironically to r/iamverysmart. Could not wait for this book to end so I could move on.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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So long and so slow

Really dramatic read by the name narrator which was too much almost all the time. This book could have been told in 1/3 the time but you sit through hours of backstory and new characters developed for no reason. Read a Summary online somewhere instead.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Taylor
  • RIVERTON, UT, United States
  • 08-08-16

Super dissapointing

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I loved the first two books and had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, this was incredibly disappointing.

I almost quit listening about half-way through and although the second half was better than the first half, two stars was all I could muster for the book as a whole.

I hated the backstory of Fanning - I listened on 2x speed because I just wanted it done. I think the author was trying to humanize Fanning, but I actually hated him more after learning what an idiot he was before he became a viral. Cronin could have saved us time by replacing that entire section with the following: "Fanning had some hard times growing up, but ultimately was self absorbed, was a disloyal friend to one of the few people that was kind to him, and ended up a murderer. Now back to the story."

Most of the characters that made the first two books great (Alisha, Eustace, Peter, Hollis, Sarah, Greer, Nina, etc.) were shells of the previous characters and their lives got so depressing that I ended up hoping the aliens from Independence Day would show up and just put everyone out of their misery.

I got the feeling that the author wanted to make few points about several themes (love, companionship, sacrifice, etc.), but started going down a bad road and got lost. Consequently, the story really suffered. I'm all for addressing big themes in books, but if I hate the story, I then get mad at the author for beating me over the head with themes that I start rolling my eyes over and repeating "ok, I get it, I just don't care."

I've probably said enough - I guess I just didn't like it at all, which sucks as the first two books were very solid.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • edward
  • Columbia, SC, United States
  • 06-30-16

Slow and rambling

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

This book ran off on random tangents, was slow to have the story pick up and fizzled at the end. Disappointing way to end the series.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful