The Twelve

The Twelve

A Novel

Book - 2012
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Survivors of a government-induced apocalypse endure their violent and disease-stricken world while protecting their loved ones; while a century into the future, members of a transformed society determinedly search for the original twelve virals.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, c2012
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780345504982
0345504984
Branch Call Number: CRONIN
Characteristics: xvii, 568 p. : ill., maps ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: 12

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ahippie
Apr 02, 2019

Much of the first quarter of the book is dedicated to tangential back-history for The Passage. While moderately interesting, it became predictable and redundant. I couldn't stay with it and only finished about a third of the book. It is like reading Murphy's Law meets vampires. If people are in need of something working at a given moment, guaranteed it won't--over and again. It revels in the killing of innocent people. It tells and retells how people's lives were shattered by losing somebody they loved, either to a vampire or to stupidity. I love post-apocalyptic but this doesn't measure up.

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wildfireheart
Mar 15, 2019

#2 - The Passage Trilogy

IndyPL_JillL Dec 05, 2018

I was concerned that this book would slump as often happens with second book in a trilogy. I was so happy it didn't. Amazing what can happen when an author is given time to truly craft a story and not be pushed by a publishing timeline.

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DonnaMeness
Nov 26, 2018

Again, happy to continue the story...100 yrs. in the future, with lots of backstory to keep you interested.

I am happy Alicia got her revenge for her captivity & ongoing rape.

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Treela
May 23, 2018

I enjoyed this book as part of the series but certain things were frustrating. It was alternatingly slow then fast, and I would have enjoyed it to be more even paced. It was a long time since I read the first book, so it was really hard to follow the character arcs. It was frustrating to get attached to characters in different timelines and then just be done with them. Not really clear why time was spent on developing the last stand character and the bus driver and that group - very lose tie to just one present day character-as far as I could tell.

The mythology is also reaching. Like why would Amy be able to exist on some alternate plan of existence just because her DNA was tampered with? The biology that explains the epidemic does NOT explain that, and I found that annoying - asking reader to go too far with suspension of disbelief without providing a plausible bridge. Speaking of which, Cronin constantly leaves the reader in suspense, never following through on explanations. I really don't understand Amy's transformation at all. So what? She's a horrible monster and she kisses Peter in a dream? Wtf?

Still overall, I was engaged and excited and mostly enjoyed the writing so I would still recommend the read if you liked the first one.

I hope the third one ties the mythology up better.

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

Unfortunately, I waited too long after reading the first in this series. That, combined with the broken timeline, made this book often confusing. (I even tried starting over, after 100 pages, making notations of names and connections. It was still confusing.) This book needs a scorecard and a timeline. That said, "The Twelve" is still interesting and Cronin can paint pictures with his prose (see some quotes, below).

This one has a little more complex narration style and timelines compared to The Passage.
Spoilers ahead…
For me some of the scenes felt quite redundant. Though it filled many blank pages of the mystery, its not as impressive as the first one. Sometimes, the story looked stretched and hurried together for a closure of threads in the end. Bringing back the dead ones to the plot is good and it generally ups the entertainment factor. But every time you do it, it lacks the punch.
I did not like the entire thread about Homeland and Saarah’s adventures over there. It was a drag for me. The whole atrocities happening over there and the aggression of Alicia’s tortures could have been avoided. Personally it was misplaced compared to The Passage and its subtle take on horror and violence. It just does not fit the mood, may be it does not match the theme of the first book. I gladly skimmed many of those pages.

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cmayberry1
Jul 06, 2015

At least as exciting as The Passage with many unexpected twists.

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naw666
Jun 27, 2014

Enjoyed the sequel! As always the protagonist, Amy, is my FAV character. Can't wait till book #3 comes out. :)

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MaryMaryJ
May 20, 2014

It was a relatively entertaining read - and am only reading The Passage now.

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"To the south and west rose the shadowed shape of mountains, shoulders shrugging from the valley floor."

"Below her, in the wind-scraped blackness, the valley floor unfolded, none but the stars for company."

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"The day was catching up to her, Lila knew; her mind was riding the currents of sleep like a surfer paddling on the curve of a wave; in another moment the wave would wash over her, taking her under."

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slang123
Jun 03, 2016

"The lone survivors, their lives joined by the mysterious bond of their survival: they traveled in silence, dreamers in a forgotten land, their progress marked only by the grumble of the bus's engine, the hypnotic whoosh of asphalt beneath their wheels."

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