The Twelve

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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 . . .   THE TWELVE   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 JUSTIN CRONIN’S THE PASSAGE   Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch   “Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”—Time   “Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”—Stephen King “[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News From the Hardcover edition.

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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 155.19 x 233.43 x 31.5mm | 567g
  • 19 Oct 2012
  • Random House Inc.
  • Ballantine Books
  • English
  • Trade Paperback.
  • 3 MAPS
  • 0553841181
  • 9780553841183
  • 17,356

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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. From the Hardcover edition.

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PRAISE FOR JUSTIN CRONIN’S THE PASSAGE   Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch   “Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”—Time   “Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.”—Stephen King   “[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.”—The Dallas Morning News   “[A] blockbuster.”—The New York Times Book Review   “Addictive.”—Men’s Journal   “Magnificently unnerving.”—Entertainment Weekly   “Mythic storytelling.”—San Francisco Chronicle   “A mesmerizing experience.”—Salon

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Difficult to follow!

Oh dear! This follow up to "The Passage' does take alot of rereading to follow what is going on. That being said, it is well written, and as you go through the various sub plots, it is, dare I say, for the particular genre, a good read. Towards the end climax, I was rereading quite often, as the various characters which were easy to ascertain in the previous book, transformed into various transformed characters!!?? Too many 'layers', perhaps? Mr Cronin must redeem himself in the third book of this engrossing trilogy! Here's hoping!show more
by Janice Margaret Warne

Disjointed and somewhat dissapointing.

Nowhere near as good as The Passage. It jumps all over the place. Character's aren't as interesting. Amy's role is smaller in this book. I hope part 3 is better.show more
by John Christou