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The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy) (Hardcover)

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It's been two years since I read the first book in Justin Cronin's trilogy, The Passage and I was afraid that when I read The Twelve (no idea if we're getting signed copies, but we'll keep you posted) that I would have forgotten a lot of what had happened.

Obviously Cronin anticipated that, and there's a really neat prologue at the beginning, in the form of an almost religious pamphlet, that gives enough of a summary to remind readers of the basics, and then as you go through the story, snippets are dropped along the way. It works.

The story picks up back in Year Zero, when the virals first escaped, and I was kind of surprised since I thought we'd covered all that in the first book, but there were players we had yet to meet. Later on, the story springboards up to 79 A.V. (After Viral) and catches up to where things left off in The Passage. Once again, we are on the road with Peter and Alicia and Michael and Hollis and Sara. And Amy, of course.

There's a reason this book took two years to write, and I suspect the end of the trilogy will be another two years out. I know that when it finally arrives, I'm going to have to sit down and read them all, back to back. The story is complex, it's twisty and interwoven in so many ways that I know I missed things on my first read through it. The writing is powerful, the images are graphic and the people are completely real, even the "red-eyes". I don't play chess, and I certainly am not up to 3-D chess, but I found myself telling people that The Twelve is literary 3-D chess; one thread begun at a specific spot crops up two hundred pages later in an unexpected but completely brilliant place, changing the dynamics. However, by the time I was 3/4ths of the way through it, I almost had to abandon the 3-D chess analogy when discussing the book. It almost becomes a literary DNA helix, it's that intertwined and fascinating. I found myself breathless and completely absorbed.

My only issue with The Twelve (aside from the fact that it did take two years to get to me; I'm not known for my patience!) is the staccato and sometimes seemingly disjointed transition from one group of people to the next. At one point you're with Peter and his group, then suddenly you're with Alicia on the road, then in a blink you're with Amy, and it knocked me out of the story at times. However, do keep in mind that I read an Advanced Reader Copy, and there is much polishing that can happen between now and October, so what jarred me might very well be smoothed out by the time you get into it. Or it could just be me being grembly.

Still, The Twelve was well worth the wait, and Justin Cronin will be at the top of my reads when the final book in the trilogy comes out! --Fran

Indie Next List

November 2012
The second book in the trilogy begun with The Passage does not disappoint. New details emerge about the events immediately following the catastrophe that destroyed the United States as we know it. Background stories are filled in, and additional details lead to a new confrontation between the virals and the survivors that is truly epic in scope. What a thriller! -- Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon, CA

Description


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

The end of the world was only the beginning.
 
In his internationally bestselling 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.

Praise for The Twelve
 
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
The Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
 
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

About the Author


Justin Cronin is the author of The Passage, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Praise for The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy)…


“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
The Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
 
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Product Details ISBN-10: 0345504984
ISBN-13: 9780345504982
Published: Ballantine Books
Pages: 592
Language: English