The Twelve (Passage Trilogy Series #2)

The Twelve (Passage Trilogy Series #2)

by Justin Cronin
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The Twelve (Passage Trilogy Series #2) by Justin Cronin

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for a special preview of Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors in the back of the book.

The end of the world was only the beginning.
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 . . .
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

Praise for The Twelve
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780345504999
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/30/2013
Series: Passage Trilogy Series , #2
Pages: 624
Product dimensions: 4.44(w) x 7.32(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Justin Cronin is the author of The Passage, Mary and O’Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize), and The Summer Guest. A Distinguished Faculty Fellow at Rice University, he divides his time between Houston, Texas, and Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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The Twelve: A Novel 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 452 reviews.
kimba88 More than 1 year ago
The Twelve begins with a clever prologue. It was delivered much like scriptures and recaps the events from the Passage. This quickly reacquainted me to the world and the characters. As I read I imagined the Omen theme song in my head. The twelve are the original men turned viral when a military experiment "Project Noah" went wrong. They are linked and the parents of all the Virals created. Five years have passed since Amy and her small team defeated Babcock. In this novel Cronin skillfully takes us from year zero to 97 A.V,-five years after book one ended. He masterfully fills in details and introducing new characters. The tale that unfolded sent shivers down my spine as I became fully immersed in the world Cronin created. The characters in this trilogy have been superbly fleshed out. Amy while still a mystery evolves in this second novel. Peter is at a crossroads and is perhaps my favorite character. The underlying connection between them captured my heart. We reconnect with Lila, Wolfgast's ex-wife. She is fractured, unique and has a significant role in book two. Grey who was a sweeper in book one, is back and attempts to change his life. Greer is imprisoned and becomes a seer. Guilder is a new character and straight from your worst nightmare. I still shiver thinking about him and what he is capable of. All of the key characters are reintroduced and become more fleshed out, as we go from past to present. We get a closer look and understanding of the Virals, otherwise known as Dracs, Glowsticks, Jumps, Dopeys, Smokes and Flyers. We begin to understand their hierarchy and what has become of their humanity. Then there is the twelve and there leader Zero. I can hear them in my head, "I am Morrison-Chavez-Baffles-Turrell-Winston-Sosa-Echolos-Lambright-Martinez-Reinhardt-Carter." "Come to me." *shivers* There is a very helpful guide in the back of the book that lists all of the characters and briefly describes them. The world Cronin has created is horrifying, unimaginable and yet I believed. Cronin is in complete control of this masterpiece and I was spellbound. Not since Stephen King's The Stand have I been so blown away. While the tale doesn't move in a linear fashion he skillfully takes us from past, present to future giving me a 3-D panoramic view of the world. It is quite clear he knows the terrain of the Midwest and with his pen; he brought its vast grasslands to life. He has crafted a tale, which completely enthralled me. It also scared the crap out of me. It made me question the human mind, scientific advancements and mans quest for power. How would we survive this world? It also inspired me, and gave me hope as humankind survived, adapted and never surrendered. The Homeland and all that it stood for frightened me more than the Virals. I could not wrap myself around the horrors Guilder had created. This tale ended on a slightly high note, and felt complete. Cronin left us with the knowledge that a new battle would begin soon...Eep! I cannot wait. Flyers! I really feel like my review does not even begin to give The Twelve and author the praise it deserves. Cronin is pure genius and I would love to have a coffee and a conversation with him. I honestly think, he sees the characters in his mind and knows exactly what they are doing, even when they are not present within the pages he is writing. He blurs the lines of reality, bringing this post-apocalyptic nightmare to life. If you know me, you kno
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin on how much I loved this book. I've been up two days straight reading it. I think this author is a brilliant writer. There are authors who are good story tellers, and there are authors who are good writers.....and then there is the rare combination of authors who are both. Justin Cronin falls into that rare category. I definitely reccommend this book to anyone who loves to read. Regardless of what kind of genre you are interested in, I think you will still enjoy this book. It has action, adventure, sci-fi, fantasy, realism, and even a little romance, all rolled in between the covers of this book. :)
Wildcatfan4life More than 1 year ago
While The Twelve was a bit difficult to read based on how Cronin jumped from one time period to another, I still loved it. I actually liked it a bit better than The Passage. While I also loved the Passage, it was a bit slow from time ot time. I guess that's to be expected in a book that's almost 900 pages long. I never thought The Twelve was slow at any point. There was a lot more action and the original characters was developed even more. Overall, I loved it and can't wait for the last installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
By far the best series I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this one as much as the first. Its hard for me to believe some of the negative reviews posted. I personally think he writes as well as King.
nightfuries More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I agree it was a bit slow and did spend too much time on some characters that were not heard of again ( most likely taken up or killed outright) but for me, it was just as suspensful as the first book. Especially Sarah's and Amy's journey. I cannot wait for the final book to find out how Lisha and Peter's character plays out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are new characters, but really not new. The book takes up with some minor characters from the first and expands on their role and their connections with the people we learned about in the first book. While it is hard spending less time with those we became invested in, the book is the second in a planned trilogy so can can expect that there is still some place setting that needs to be done. I enjoyed the way that the new people were fitted into the overall story. It is much deeper and layered than a simple survive in a changed world. The history and world making is well done and I cannot wait until the third one comes out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cronin creates another word world with his descriptions of characters and places. Although not as good as the first book he leaves the reader wanting to know what happens to the heroes. If you have no imagination, visualization skills, or above a 7th grade reading level, DONT BUY the book. If you enjoy using your mind and intelligence then you are in for a great read.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
The Twelve is book 2 of the Passage Trilogy.  I read the Passage a while ago and when The Twelve came out I just had to go through The Passage again.  The Twelve is very interesting without a dull moment.  The first "half" of the book bounces from 5 years after The Passage back to the original period of infection.  Characters from the first book come back so we can see what happened to them approximately 100 years ago.  How did all these changes take place?  So we jump from 5 years after the Passage back to approx. 100 years in the past - then about 75 years forward then back to the future period which finishes out the 2nd half of the book.  The initial jumping around in time took some effort to follow but it was ALL relevant and necessary.  How had the Virals survived through this century?  What sustained them?  For what purpose?  Could they be stopped?  Many of the characters from The Passage are also in The Twelve and I am not sure you could follow The Twelve without having first read book 1 of the trilogy.  Are there others like Amy or Alicia?  Sadly, I now need to wait for book 3 to see what's next.  There are many books about creatures that were humans who had been infected by some virus - manmade or otherwise.  But this series truly sets itself apart by the depth of the infection through time, space, and numbers.  If you are looking for something to scare the daylights out of you for days on end - this series is for you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read The Passage largely because Stephen King gave it a good review. I couldn't put the book down and couldn't put The Twelve down either. I was (no pun intended) taken up with the story and with the characters. I hope Justin is well into the third book because I don't want to wait too long to find out how it all ends!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. But left me a little confused at the end. I would recommend it.
rogosoko More than 1 year ago
A very good, well written story. Characters are complex yet easy to follow. Looking forward to #3.
emilyfan76 More than 1 year ago
A worthy sequel to a great book. I love how some of the characters that were barely mentioned in The Passage playe a much more prominent role in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There are too many characters to keep up with. I really enjoyed the first book. I probably will not waste my time with the third book because theTwelve left the characters flat and I no longer care what happens to them.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the passage so much and so my expectations were very high for this book. It was good. I enjoyed catching up with my favourite characters 5 yrs later. If you enjoyed the first book as much as i did, then buy this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book but the final book isn't available from B&N. I hate waiting for the ending and I've had this happen several times. If you can wait for the finale then buy it but if I had it to do over I would wait until I could purchase all three.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But not as good as The Passage, in my opinion, but still couldnt put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book, but this one has not grabbed me at all. It is random and disjointed. A waste of time and money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read. Answers some questions from the first book yet brings in a whole set of new ones. Curious to see what book three will bring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story, grabs you and won't let go. Loved all the characters and the connections Cronin created. Disappointed I cannot find when the final book will be out.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not quite as good as the first book, it is beautifully written. Cronin's prose is often poetic and really bribgs the world he created to life. It can take a while to get used to the shifts in the timeline. Stick with it, you won't regret it.
pcrchik More than 1 year ago
great follow up to the passage. i enjoyed seeing the growth of the characters and the progression of the story. justin cronin is such an enjoyable writer, he really makes you feel for characters from the word go. highly recommend this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont' know what happened here...Book one was so captivating and the virals were fearsome....this book was terrible....the virals (12) become trained pets to Guilder it seems....we loose the fear of the virals...the desperateness of the situation...this book for the most part all takes place in a prison camp run by has too many new characters I just did not feel an attachment too...who sit Tifty? who is Greer? confusing....and the monster truck ending was ridiculous...Amy turining into a viral and having monster mash with 11 viralswas just not original....this author did such an amazing job with the first book...this one was not good...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The second book in The Passage Series, The Twelve, might be better then the first!! It'll keep you on the edge of your seat and bonus- the author is from Texas! This series is a MUST READ.