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The Twelve (The Passage #2)

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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.
Hardcover, 568 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group (first published January 1st 2012)
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Lisa If you go back and read the first book, you'll see that the author leaves Wolgast's fate open-ended. He's about to die from radiation, but as he sits…moreIf you go back and read the first book, you'll see that the author leaves Wolgast's fate open-ended. He's about to die from radiation, but as he sits down to die he hears the virals coming. It's unclear (until the second book) if he died from the radiation or if the virals got to him first. There's a little more to it than that, but that's the jist.(less)

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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
Oct 28, 2012 Kemper rated it liked it
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
Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
For some reason I thought this whole book was going to be about Peter and crew hunting down the big bad original TWELVE and smashing them. It's not really that at all. This book goes back to the first few days after the 'virus' has started. You have a guy known as "the Last Stand in Denver." I wanted more of this guy. But then you have a whole lot of new characters getting thrown into the story.
You also get some extras in the form of:
Ferrari chase:
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A sorta weird school bus storyline:
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And my very
switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 14, 2011 switterbug (Betsey) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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
Dec 29, 2012 mark monday rated it really liked it
Shelves: after-the-fall
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
Oct 25, 2012 V. Briceland rated it liked it
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
Nov 16, 2012 Woowott rated it did not like it
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Jul 05, 2011 Carol. rated it it was ok
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 the things I found annoying about The Passage, particularly the ending. But, hey, great effort--maybe consider a little more subtlety in book three?

I have to say, rewinding and restarting the apocalypse was absolute genius. Serious genius. You must have been reading
Kelly Holmes
Mar 31, 2012 Kelly Holmes rated it really liked it
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
Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2014 Rick Riordan rated it really liked it
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
Nicholas Sparks
Jul 19, 2012 Nicholas Sparks rated it it was amazing
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
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 24, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Twelve (The Passage, #2), Justin Cronin
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: از نوزده جولای سال 2015 تا 30 جولای سال 2015 میلادی
عنوان: دوازده کتاب دوم از سه گانه گذرگاه؛ نویسنده: جاستین کرونین؛ مترجم: محمد جوادی؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، کتابسرای تندیس، 1392، در 831 ص، شابک: 9786001820977؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی قرن 21 م
اتفاقی برای امی در حال افتادن بود. زنجیرها را میکشید و به نظر میآمد فشار این حرکت در حال تکه تکه کردن اوست. حمله پشت هم به سراغش میآمد و هر لحظه بیشتر و شدیدتر میشد. با تکانی نهایی، بدن
Apr 07, 2017 Emma rated it liked it
2.5 stars.I really wanted to be one of the readers who actually liked the second book in this trilogy. I thoroughly enjoyed the first. My determination to love the second book started to falter at 50% , limp at 60% and stutter at 70%. The first half held my interest well but then...The content became overly military and there wasn't enough about the virals themselves. The story was bitty and jumped all over the place. I realised I didn't feel invested. In the end I felt like I was making myself ...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
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!

(Part I reviews The Twelve. Part II reviews the trilogy as a whole.)

Part I
Sometimes the second book in a trilogy is merely a filler book that’s just a bridge between books one and three, nothing more. Not so with The Twelve. Fans of The Passage can rest assured that this second installment is a vital addition, smoothly continuing the epic Cronin started with book one. Beloved characters from The Passage are back, along with some captivating new ones, and, of course, the

"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...kao što rekoh - meh :/

Prosto ne znam šta se desilo Kroninu u drugoj polovini knjige, kao da je i sam pogubio konce. Preterano
Nov 24, 2012 Ferdy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

-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
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,
Kelly's ( Next Best Read )
Sep 02, 2016 Kelly's ( Next Best Read ) rated it really liked it
"I am going away. The girl you know will not be here next we meet."

Reading this second installation in Justin Cronin The Passage TrilogyI literally felt like I transformed from one thing to the next during this read. I'm not going to lie, if you thought the first book had you dizzy, wait till you read this one.

I think the most frustrating part for me was the multiple POV. Just when I start to sink my teeth into a particular plot, the author would switch POV and have me like:
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Don't get me wrong,
Alexandra (matobookalo)
Αν το πρώτο μ άρεσε, για το δεύτερο τι να πρωτοπώ!
Αν και στην αρχή με κούρασε κάπως (ίσως γιατί περίμενα να δω τη συνέχεια και ξαφνικά ξεκινάει με άλλες ιστορίες, χρόνια πριν από εκεί που μας είχε αφήσει το πρώτο), από ένα σημείο και μετά το βιβλίο απογειώνεται!
Έχει πολύ περισσότερη δράση και αγωνία από το πρώτο. Οι χαρακτήρες έχουν εξελιχθεί και βλέπουμε πλέον πως δένουν οι ιστορίες μεταξύ τους όλο και περισσότερο. Σε μερικά σημεία δε ξέρω και εγώ πως κατάφερα να το αφήσω από τα χέρια μου από
Oct 16, 2012 Linda rated it really liked it
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.
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Nov 24, 2012 Ken rated it did not like it
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
Sep 28, 2012 Teresa rated it it was amazing
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 a
Oct 28, 2012 J.I. rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2012
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
Wayne Barrett
Mar 07, 2017 Wayne Barrett rated it really liked it
I'm on my way to the final book of the trilogy. This has been a great series, and I was actually able to enjoy 'The Twelve' a little more than I did 'The Passage' because this time I was prepared for Cronins method of time crossing and the poetic prose he used in this apocalyptic, vampiric tale.

I will give an overall opinion of the trilogy when finished, but so far, I've enjoyed the unique style and telling of an otherwise overdone story.
Great follow up to The Passage. I believe I liked this one even more. Totally loving this story!
Nov 21, 2012 Tom rated it it was ok
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
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