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
From the Trade Paperback edition.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Justin Cronin continues to flesh out the postapocalyptic, vampiric fever dream of The Passage. The Twelve builds on the nightmarish vision of marauding “virals”—superhumans who thirst for blood—by following the early aftermath of the twisted government scheme that led to the scourge. Cronin then pushes things forward a century, raising the stakes for the survivors. We were mesmerized by the book’s sympathetic characters, particularly steely, stoic Alicia and seemingly immortal Amy. Cronin is great at the kind of blockbuster-style action sequences and looming suspense that keep us glued to a book.
University of California-Berkeley classics professor Knapp attempts to unearth the hidden lives of the great masses of the Roman world in this imaginative historical experiment. From the reign of Augustus to the rise of Constantine, the empire was at its most hierarchical, with the entire propertied and office-holding class amounting to only one half of one percent of the population. In contrast, nearly two-thirds lived in poverty, while another 15 percent were slaves. Cicero, Suetonius, and their peers focused on the doings of emperors and generals while ignoring the lives of peasants, artisans, prostitutes, soldiers, and servants. "The experience of ordinary people," Knapp writes, "has no direct voice in the histories the Romans have left us." To fill this gap, Knapp analyzes unconventional sources such as graffiti, epitaphs, and folklore, providing bold thinking, but timid execution. The paucity of evidence restricts Knapp to banal generalizations: "The ordinary lives of ordinary men in Rome were filled with family, business, socializing and cares and concerns common to much of humanity." At other times, he seems guilty of the same blindness suffered by his sources, taking, for example, a lack of evidence that women resented male dominance as proof that they were content.
A good read but falls apart
This book has a different feel then it's prequel. At times I found it hard to follow the timeline and what was happening to the characters throughout those timelines. I enjoyed the detail in how the virus first took hold in the USA, unmanteling the government. I wish the story had dealt more with that. This book seemed to have detached from the first. The "feel" of the world felt different and less dangerous. It felt as the book was drawing to a close, that events became crammed and too conveinient. Without spoiling it, the fact that the worlds problems with fixed in one event seemed ... Rushed. I enjoyed the book just not as much as the first.
Too much of this book is a review of the first book as if the writer did not believe anyone read the first one. One whole chapter is copied directly from the first book. I purposely re-read The Passage before The Twelve came out so I would remember it. I really wish the author would have written a totally new book, a real second book, not a review of the first.
One of the best!
This series is one one of the best vampire/end of the world books I have read in a long time! I read the twelve in 2 days! I could not put it down! Does anyone know when the last book of the trilogy comes out?! Hope it's soon!