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The Twelve (The Passage #2)

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At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.

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Hardcover, 568 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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I felt like I waited half a lifetime for this to be released and I'll admit, I'm pretty damn disappointed. The Passage blew me away and is one of my all-time favorites/ The Passage really took some patience and focus because Justin Cronin's writing is so intricately detailed that it's incredibly easy to miss something important but it was SO worth it. It all began with several individual story lines that had no apparent relation with one another but as time progressed they started to intersect w ...more
Looking back at it, I’m not even sure why I read this book. The Passage left so little impression on me that I remembered almost nothing about it and could barely muster the energy to look on-line for a summary of it. So why read another 500 pages of that story? Maybe it was the hype? Or because I’m such a sucker for post-apocalyptic stories?

Actually, I now think that these books are like one of those B-level restaurants that you end up eating at all the time, but you don’t really know why. The
switterbug (Betsey)
THE TWELVE, which is the second book of Cronin's towering trilogy, can be read as a complete book, whereas the first book stopped abruptly, like a gasp. However, I urge you to read THE PASSAGE first, because the epic as a whole is a finely calibrated accretion of history, plot and character. The Twelve refers to the twelve "parent" or original virals, the death-row-inmate subjects-turned-virals from "Project Noah," who must be liquidated in order to save the world. The thrust of this book is the ...more
mark monday
Cronin's second book in his Passage trilogy eschews much of the poetry and melancholy of the first book; this novel is rather more conventional in style and tone. it is basically a mosaic of events (set in various time periods) that gradually builds to a showdown between a demented fascist and a crowded gallery of bruised & battered heroines & heroes. much like the first book, it includes a novella-sized chunk in its first section that is entirely devoted to events taking place in Year Z ...more
V. Briceland
One of the literary techniques that most irritated me about Justin Cronin's tale of bioengineered vampires, The Passage, had to do with his seeming defensiveness of tone; every page reeked with his desperation to let readers know that yes, while he might've sold out for a big horror genre paycheck, he still had an MFA in creative writing and was determined to show it off, dang it. Thus we had endless multi-page scenes of internal narrative about scarlet ribbons undulating across the billows and ...more
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Kelly Holmes
Before I owned a Nook I carried The Passage #1 as a carryon all the way from New Orleans to California, a hefty load. I literally could not put down the book; I raced to finish it before we landed. At several points I had to tell my boyfriend to stop talking to me-I was reading and I meant business. I had no idea the book was going to be left open to a sequel and as I finished the last page I thought NO I have to know what is going to happen next. I cannot wait to read the second book-for severa ...more
Nicholas Sparks
I was fortunate enough to receive an advance readers copy of The Twelve, by Justin Cronin. It's a follow-up to one of the better novels I've read in the last few years -- The Passage -- and it's to be published later this fall. Best of all, The Twelve was just as good as the first. It was well-written with page turning excitement -- i.e. it's literary fiction disguised commercial fiction -- and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a great story. I read it in two sittings. It's nothing like ...more
I recently read The Passage this year so I was lucky I didn’t have to wait as long as everyone else for book two; The Twelve. I was privileged to win an advanced review copy so I need to be careful in reviewing this book without any spoilers. As many people would already know The Twelve continues on with the epic tale that The Passage built. This time we have a whole lot of new characters to read about as they struggle to survive in this nightmarish world of virals.

One of my biggest issues with
May 23, 2014 Carol. rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of The Passage only

Dear Justin:

We get the religious reference. Really, we do. But thanks for providing a summation of The Passage in a handy Biblical format at the beginning of The Twelve. I only partially appreciated it, however, as it reminded me of all the things I found annoying, particularly the ending. But, hey, great effort--maybe consider a little more subtlety in the next tome?

I have to say, rewinding and restarting the apocalypse was absolute genius. Serious genius. You must have been reading the same pa
Rick Riordan
Cronin’s first book in this trilogy, The Passage, received a lot of buzz. The Twelve is the second. The trilogy tells the story of an engineered virus that creates a race of vampires – “Virals” – which almost wipe out humanity. The writing is strong, the characters are sympathetic, the post-apocalyptic world Cronin describes is terrifying and believable. The reader does have to have some patience, as Cronin tells the story in several parts that at first seem only loosely connected. Just when you ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 29, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Die Hard Completists
I loved, well most, of The Passage, the first book of this trilogy. Enough I almost rated it five stars, although I pulled back from that because although I thought the author did some amazing things, I couldn't call it a true favorite. Especially given the first 300 pages of that book seemed to me so cliched Stephen King/Michael Crichton thriller. I felt I'd been there, done that, over and over and over. Two things redeemed The Passage for me though. I liked how Cronin took the vampire mythos a ...more
Bryn ((B2/B.P))   Ryeosomniac~~
2012???? NOOOOO!!!! I can't wait that long! I loved the first one, and now I really want to know what happens next!

-This was a chore to read, I struggled to finish it. The beginning was nonsensical and boring, the middle dragged and the ending was a mess. The back and forth in time didn't flow well, there was no rhyme or reason to the way events unfolded, one chapter was set in the present, the next 15 years in the past and then the next a 100 years in the past. It was all very disjointed and messy. The multiple POV's irritated me, most of the new character POV's bar Danny and Kitteridge were rubbish
Thank you, Justin Cronin, for providing a summary of The Passage in the prologue! Wish I had known about the list of characters at the end though. Would have come in handy :) My full review is here.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I wasn't going to read this book. I wasn't! I felt like The Passage was a well-contained story and I didn't understand where else it could go. I will let the author explain what he focuses on in The Twelve, because I find it too difficult to summarize. (This is from an older post from 2010 on

The next two books each go back to Year Zero at the outset, to reset the story, and to deal with something you didn't see and didn't know was as important as it was. It's not a linear quest story,
The Twelve is the second book in Justin Cronin's epic post-apocalyptic trilogy which began in 2010 with The Passage. I devoured the first book and have been anticipating the sequel with equal amounts of dread and delight. Fear not, this is not a casualty of Second Novel Syndrome but is instead a glowing example of engaging dystopian fiction at its best.

Yes, it's a story about vampires but as far removed from Twilight as is humanly/virally possible. Comparisons with Stephen King's The Stand are m

"Dvanaestoricu" sam čekala pune 2 godine i krajnji utisak bi mogao da se svede na "meh".

Sam početak, tačnije prvih 100-200 strana mi se čini kao da je autor bio inspirisan, ili da je barem bio pod utiskom, Kingovog Utočišta.
Prikazi uništene zemlje, ta postapokaliptična slika sveta, otuđenost, i naravno inspirativne priče o hrabrim ljudima koji uprkos svemu guraju napred...

Prosto ne znam šta se desilo Kroninu u drugoj polovini knjige, kao da je i sam pogubio konce. Preterano širenje priče, elemen
There are sustained moments of brilliance to be found in "The Twelve." Almost everything in Year Zero and The Field are as good or better as the best portions of "The Passage." Had the book focused solely on those two timeframes, this would be a 5-star review. But once Cronin returns to the "present day" (aka 97 A.V.), little works. The character development is rote, the descriptive passages rely on cliche, and for much of the book Cronin writes in a simplistic, almost condescending, manner, as ...more
One long yawn punctuated by all too rare moments of action (which should not be taken to mean "drama"). Readers should always be suspicious of any genre novel which takes the name of one of its characters from a John Cheever story (Tifty). Cronin has a penchant for spending 200 pages slowly building characters and scenarios and then, as soon as things show a hint of getting interesting, cutting away to another completely different set of new characters and scenarios which he will then build over ...more
Oh well. To be honest, I am rating this as high as I am only because the plot is neat. That's it. The writing has taken a sharp turn downhill. Cronin is a brilliant man who occasionally turns a sentence is stuff into a divine inspiration, but this feels like it has the huffing breath of a publisher who has shelled out $3.5 million on its neck. Unlike The Passage, which was longer, this feels sloppy and hurried. Character development here is hurried and hamfisted (remember this guy? well, apparen ...more
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Travis Orders
At best, a very disappointing followup to The Passage. The craftsmanship of this book was nothing in comparison to its predecessor. I really, REALLY wanted to love this. I thought that The Passage was a fantastic starting line for a vast marathon that tied the (rapidly tiring) zombie/vamp books, in with the post-apocalyptic genre. There were fast forwards in TP that I felt could have been written in, and added value to the book, but I was not upset that they were missing. In The Twelve, Cronin s ...more
Wow! You know when you read a book and you utterly fell in love with it. Fast forward three/four years and you get a copy of the follow up. Now, you have several issues with it, will it be as good? Will you remember all the characters/incidences? Will you still care enough to read 700+ pages.

The answer, my friends is a resounding YES!!

It's truly incredible, yes, I had to read it in small chunks because I got too caught up with what was happening to the characters and the anxiety I was feeling.
The second book in The Passage series. I wanted to like this book more than I actually did. I really liked the first book even though I found it sort of confusing, but this book I found VERY confusing. The author did too good a job weaving characters from the first book into the second. I had to do a lot of googling to remind myself who people were and what exactly was going on. The story didn't flow great and it was unnecessarily darker and more disturbing than the first book. There were times ...more
Stephen Kiernan
The first book in this trilogy, THE PASSAGE, was one of the most gripping books I've read. The good news about THE TWELVE is that it does not merely idle the story along for the third volume to wrap everything up. It is a fascinating novel in its own right.

Two choices make this book work especially well. First, Cronin returns to year zero, when the virals are born and escape, and he fills in everything that happened in the weeks of immediate madness.

Interestingly, while many of the survivors a
I did it!!! Wobei ich eher zu 3,5 Sternen tendiere. Der Mittelteil hat sich ganz schön gezogen. Dennoch: ich freue mich auf das Finale :)
Linda Rollins
The Twelve is the follow-up to The Passage and the second in the trilogy. It continues the post-apocalyptic story of what happens ‘after-viral’. My immediate conclusion about this book is that it is very confusing but that it also has an awful lot to offer; including the challenge of working out exactly what’s going on.

Although I found the story difficult to follow as it bounced around all over the place, it was still strangely compelling. I was there, in the story, even though I didn’t really k
I was really hoping this would publish by summer 2011 as one of my summer reads, but I guess I'll just have to wait until next year *sigh*
Dan Radovich
His storytelling is tighter. Everything that Cronin delivers in THE TWELVE brings you deeper into this fantastic story. I love it.
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Justin Cronin is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, The Twelve, The City of Mirrors (coming May 2016), Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. Other honors for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writers’ Award. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he ...more
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