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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
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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)
Matthew says it will be titled "The City of Mirrors," to be released on May 24, 2016. No cover art yet... … says it will be titled "The City of Mirrors," to be released on May 24, 2016. No cover art yet... (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 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
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Twelve (The Passage, #2), Justin Cronin

The Twelve is a 2012 horror novel by Justin Cronin and is the second novel in The Passage trilogy, following the novel The Passage.

The Twelve was published on October 16, 2012 by Ballantine Books.

An incident was happening to Amy. He was pulling the chains, and the pressure of the movement seemed to be tearing him to pieces.

The attack came after him, and became more and more intense; With a final shake, his body became immobile; For a moment, Peter th
Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cronin-justin
More action, twists, and active apocalypse make the second part more dynamic and the descriptions and focus on characterization are not as detailed as in the first part, as the focus switches from the protagonists to a plot- character hybrid.

Goosebumps are guaranteed, as there are some great shockers, including elements of disgust and close to anything humankind can do to make life as horrible as possible for others, using the popular trope of who the real monsters are. Especially the Sci-Fi el
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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3 to 3.5 stars - Not quite as good as the first one.

A similar pattern - a strong, entertaining, and intriguing start that lasts for the first third of the book. After that, there is an abrupt shift into a disjointed conglomeration of action sequences, supernatural oddities, and confusing conversations. With the first book, this reconciled itself into a strong finish. With this one, I knew what happened, but I was not quite sure WHAT happened!? (If that makes senses)

Characters - sooooo many chara
switterbug (Betsey)
Jul 14, 2011 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 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 Zero, i.e ...more
Nov 16, 2012 rated it did not like it
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V. Briceland
Oct 25, 2012 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
Jul 05, 2011 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
Rick Riordan
Feb 19, 2014 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
Kelly Holmes
Mar 31, 2012 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
Nicholas Sparks
Jul 19, 2012 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
Elizabeth Sagan
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. God.
There are books and there are BOOKS. There is writing and there is WRITING.
This was brilliant.
I find myself at a lack of words to describe how amazing the whole series is.
I actually shook my head in disbelief while I was reading certain parts because I couldn’t believe the epicness.
Oct 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: four-stars-books
4 "epic, grand and exciting" stars !!

I very much enjoyed the "The Passage" (3.5 stars) but Mr. Cronin created something much grander in this sequel. He was able to tighten things up and have the plot become logical and clear with an exciting arc that led to a thrilling conclusion.

This dystopian apocalyptic trilogy has so many interesting and fascinating intersections that leave the reader amazed, fascinated and chilled to the bone. It is full of human courage and frailties with villains that are
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Dec 24, 2012 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
Apr 07, 2017 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
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: most-loved
I keep typing then deleting as I try to figure out how to start this review! I'm looking forward to starting The City of Mirrors and I'm so glad I have a copy ready and waiting to go, but gosh a part of me didn't want this book to end - outweighed of course by the part that needed to know what was happening, where the story was going.

I love all the characters, but Amy is really something special. I almost can't believe how deeply attached to her I am. She's absolutely wonderful. Every time Wolga
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
Nov 24, 2012 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,
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! ...more

(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
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Kells Next Read
Sep 02, 2016 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 wron
Stjepan Cobets
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fan of horror, dystopia and Sci-Fi
My rating 4.3

The book “The Twelve (The Passage # 2)” by Justin Cronin is a solid follow-up to the first part. Stories of survivors blend in completely new ways. The world has not become better, perhaps it has become worse, and the fight against 11 major Viral continues. Honestly, this part I liked a bit more. This time the writer adds new characters, new events and to the core evil enemies. I would not talk about the main story but believe me, it will not leave you indifferent because the charac
Jul 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Cronin is a gifted writer who tells engrossing stories. Even when I'm confused, I still just want to read more. The book time shifts back and forth and it can exhausting keeping all the characters straight. Keep in mind that the past characters generally don't matter. Most of their stories don't continue on (even though I'd love to have known the rest of their stories). A large section of the book focuses on 4 different groups during the early days of the viral plague. Most of the book does cont ...more
Aug 05, 2017 marked it as to-read
The Kindle edition is currently $1.31 in the States and £0.99p in the UK.
Paul E. Morph
Jul 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
More like three-and-a-half stars but I'm feeling generous as I've just finished work for a week and a half. (Woo!)

I enjoyed this one more than the first as, while it still had a lot of the same flaws (mainly the pacing issue), I found myself more engaged with the story and caring about the characters more in this volume.

Now, let's see if I can get through the final part of the trilogy while I'm on holiday...
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