REVIEW - The Twelve by Justin Cronin

REVIEW - The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Title: The Twelve (The Passage #2)

Author: Justin Cronin

Publisher: Orion

Release Date: 2012

Source: Own paperback copy

Other Books in the Series: The Passage #1 and City of Mirrors #3

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.
How the hell do you review a book like this?

I mean there is a lot going on, all of it bloody, bleak, horrific and written with mind-blowingly immense skill from Justin Cronin, how do I even chip the tip of this iceberg?  

Well let me assume to begin with that you have already read the Passage.

This book follows from the Passage with familiar characters such as, of course Amy plays a big part along with Hollis, Peter Jaxon, Alicia Donadio and Michael Fisher but it also introduces to some new important characters whose back story plays a very important part in what is to come.

We meet early outbreak,  the very unstable and extremely pregnant Lila who is slowly losing her mind and doesn't seem to be the slightest bit bothered about the dracs ripping people to shreds outside, in fact she even visits a local DIY store, this is where she meets Lawrence, a man with a very dodgy past but who finds himself risking everything to keep her and her unborn baby safe.

We also meet Kittridge, a survivor from Denver who finds himself responsible for a rag tag group of all ages and attitudes that includes teenage April and her young brother, the group look for sanctuary but when they find it, well all good things come to an end.

I am not going to even begin to describe the book in great detail but the dracs are still very much "alive" however people are getting unnerved by a hooded woman who appears to have the ability to control them and she is not controlling them for good.  

Our survivors are scattered and desperate, we go from Year Zero all the way to Year 97 after the outbreak in this story, and as we jump backwards and forwards through the book, the fight for survival does not get easier. 

The Twelve, the death row prisoners turned nightmare experiments are still out there but whilst there is still hope, there is a chance their days are numbered, Amy, the girl from nowhere is pivotal in this book, she is such a fantastic character, she reminds me of River Tam from Firefly, innocence and grace but also totally bad ass when needed.

Actually all the characters where great but this book has a case of the GRR Martin's in you never know who is going to make it to the end.

The Twelve felt more urgent in its narrative than the Passage, some of the scenes really do suck you in and can make you feel very, very emotional, especially near the end of the book where the ante really is upped with horrific results - not to the story to what is playing out in the story.

So is it worth dedicating time to reading all these books?, all those thousands of pages, all those characters, all that blood and gore?

Yes, clear your schedule, put down your phone and read this series, you won't regret it.  It is consistently great and genuinely full of exhilarating horror with a dash of hopeless humanity.

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  1. I am definitely reading these books! I think Audible has a special on the first book. I have to go back and check. Thanks for the review. :)

  2. Woohoo! Yeah, it's so hard to even convey the awesomeness of this trilogy. I got so freaking excited I thought my head would explode we we find out the connection between Kittridge and Alicia. Cronin is a master! lol

  3. I was sooooooooooo excited that I got the first audiobook for $5! I am going to you my 99 cent special Audible credit coupon when it becomes available to gett this audiobook :D


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