The Twelve

The Twelve

A Novel

eBook - 2012
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Survivors of a government-induced apocalypse endure their violent and disease-stricken world while protecting their loved ones; while a century into the future, members of a transformed society determinedly search for the original twelve virals.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books ; Sold by Random House Digital, 2012
ISBN: 9780345534897
0345534891
Characteristics: 1 online resource (589 p.) : digital

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

Unfortunately, I waited too long after reading the first in this series. That, combined with the broken timeline, made this book often confusing. (I even tried starting over, after 100 pages, making notations of names and connections. It was still confusing.) This book needs a scorecard and a timeline. That said, "The Twelve" is still interesting and Cronin can paint pictures with his prose (see some quotes, below).

This one has a little more complex narration style and timelines compared to The Passage.
Spoilers ahead…
For me some of the scenes felt quite redundant. Though it filled many blank pages of the mystery, its not as impressive as the first one. Sometimes, the story looked stretched and hurried together for a closure of threads in the end. Bringing back the dead ones to the plot is good and it generally ups the entertainment factor. But every time you do it, it lacks the punch.
I did not like the entire thread about Homeland and Saarah’s adventures over there. It was a drag for me. The whole atrocities happening over there and the aggression of Alicia’s tortures could have been avoided. Personally it was misplaced compared to The Passage and its subtle take on horror and violence. It just does not fit the mood, may be it does not match the theme of the first book. I gladly skimmed many of those pages.

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cmayberry1
Jul 06, 2015

At least as exciting as The Passage with many unexpected twists.

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naw666
Jun 27, 2014

Enjoyed the sequel! As always the protagonist, Amy, is my FAV character. Can't wait till book #3 comes out. :)

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MaryMaryJ
May 20, 2014

It was a relatively entertaining read - and am only reading The Passage now.

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lisahiggs
Nov 09, 2013

The first book in this trilogy, The Passage, showed so much literary promise that it was all the more disappointing when it didn’t deliver. With this second book, all aspirations to greatness have been abandoned, and a straight-up and only slightly ridiculous thriller has been given to us. Still a little disappointing, though.

The first book in this trilogy started out in the present day as the vampire apocalypse was just beginning, but as soon as you were hooked, you were yanked 100 years in the future to the stories of the survivors. This second book finally returns to the present day to learn more about the apocalypse and how it all unfolded. I have to admit, spending so much time with the characters in the future in the first book actually made it much more interesting to read about their ancestors during the apocalypse in the second book. That’s a neat literary feat, but it can’t save the rest of the book.

We do finally learn what the virus is all about and where it came from in a few paragraphs of sloppy exposition; perhaps the author realized that he forgot to mention that during the 600 pages of the first book. But we still don’t know what happened to the rest of the world, so of course I’ll read the third book. Fun, but not fantastic.

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rhys33
Sep 02, 2013

The Passage was a great read, but this second book in the series is disappointing. Too many characters and too much of a focus on military nonsense. It doesn't relate well to the first book. I gave up after reading a third of it. I'll probably give it another try at some point, but for now two stars only...

loonylovesgood Jun 08, 2013

Another gripping story. Looks like there will be a third one too! Can't wait to read the next one.

rufus_red4 May 08, 2013

The is a fine sequel to 'The Passage'. This epic trilogy sometimes seems to be crushing under it's own weight but somehow Justin Cronin makes it spin. At times you might be challenged to keep track of all of the character and the numerous stories connected to them, but by the end it all wraps up beautifully, I'm looking forward to the 3rd installment.

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hotnana
Apr 30, 2013

Loved his first book - Passages - but found this one brutal and gory - and with so many characters which is confusing if one hasn't read his first book.

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"To the south and west rose the shadowed shape of mountains, shoulders shrugging from the valley floor."

"Below her, in the wind-scraped blackness, the valley floor unfolded, none but the stars for company."

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"The day was catching up to her, Lila knew; her mind was riding the currents of sleep like a surfer paddling on the curve of a wave; in another moment the wave would wash over her, taking her under."

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"The lone survivors, their lives joined by the mysterious bond of their survival: they traveled in silence, dreamers in a forgotten land, their progress marked only by the grumble of the bus's engine, the hypnotic whoosh of asphalt beneath their wheels."

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