This is a wonderful exhibition of Nickolas' writing and ability to craft a place and its people in your mind as you read. From the melanchonic (Leftovers, Rainwater) to the dramatic (Sweet Light Crude, Morels), I loved each and every one of these stories in their own right, but also as part of the whole. Reading Beneath the Bonfire itself, I could smell the trees and feel the heat.
If I was pushed for a favourite, I'd probably highlight The Chainsaw Soirée for that true Nickolas Butler Winsconsin setting and feel, Sven & Lilly or Train People Move Slow for the kind-hearted soul that is Bruce. But if you're going to read one, read all. ...more
I hadn't heard about this book before I saw it in store despite its massive online hype but I'm so glad it came my way!
An unpredictable, exciting andI hadn't heard about this book before I saw it in store despite its massive online hype but I'm so glad it came my way!
An unpredictable, exciting and pacy novel that had me gripped from beginning to end. The plot is believable but feels really fresh. It's not like novels set in a desolate vision of the future haven't been done before, but I've not read a 'dystopian' novel quite like WOOL before.
A couple of us in my branch have read this now and we've all preordered the next two in the series, which is testament to how good Howey's writing is.
I have been so lucky this year and have read some truly fantastic books, and The Universe vs Alex Woods has just wedged itself firmly in the top four.I have been so lucky this year and have read some truly fantastic books, and The Universe vs Alex Woods has just wedged itself firmly in the top four.
Genuinely affecting, intelligent and really well written. I don't want to say too much about the plot as I think this one's best just left for people to read with little knowledge as to the storyline.
The relationship between the two main characters is touching, often hilarious and believable and is well supported by other well rounded and 'real' characters.
A good choice for readers who like quirky, intelligent and funny writing, but who also appreciate a compelling and affecting storyline, supported by well developed, entertaining and interesting characters - none more so than Alex himself.
And if it doesn't leave you wanting to read a Kurt Vonnegut novel, you're far less suggestible than I am....more
I came across the Passage, Cronin’s first book, completely by chance and was blown away by its grand scope, varied and interesting characters and itsI came across the Passage, Cronin’s first book, completely by chance and was blown away by its grand scope, varied and interesting characters and its action packed and unpredictable story.
The Twelve, then, had a lot to live up to. I’d left quite a gap between The Passage and The Twelve, which I think meant I was a little lost for the first few chapters as I began to remember who people were. Cronin also litters in a few scenes throughout The Twelve where the chronological setting isn’t immediately clear. However, this doesn’t mean the story in general is confusing or hard to follow, particularly if you read The Passage before you get started on The Twelve.
Once I’d got into it and refreshed my own memory though, by goodness did the Twelve impress me, once again. It’s equally as action packed as The Passage and managed to have the same ‘I MUST READ MORE AT ANY AND EVERY OPPORTUNITY’ effect that the Passage on me and others I work with. I found myself getting it out for 5 minutes while I waited for a bus and it was like starting up a movie again right where you’d left off. You could just jump right in and The Twelve is a book you can’t help but consume!
The Twelve is packed with twists, epic action scenes, emotionally moving scenes of loss, struggle, sacrifice and triumph. Cronin’s strength, in my opinion, lies in his ability to describe a chaotic action scene but he also handles the more emotionally loaded moments very well too. His cast of characters is expanded in this book but also includes many familiar faces from The Passage. If you let yourself, this can become your world while you read it.
I’m really looking forward to the final part of the trilogy. The worst part about reading The Twelve was finishing it and realising that I now have to wait for part three!
If you loved The Passage, you’ll definitely want to read The Twelve. If you’ve not yet read The Passage, but want a brilliant, engrossing and rewarding series to get into, you could do a lot worse than this one.