congrats to cronin on writing a sequel that is better than the first. the twelve is action packed, suspenseful and uncomplicated. we have the original players from the passage and we meet new characters from present day.
this book was awesome. i was a bit hesitant to read it, even though i enjoyed the passage (some parts dragged and dull to get through). i think cronin knew this and decided to amp up the action for the twelve. as well the passage was the first book so it was an introduction to all characters, setting and plot. BUT the twelve dives right in where you were left off in passage. he also cleverly included a quick summary of the past events in the passage (a reminder for readers who read the passage years ago).
we now read where the first colony characters have gone (alicia, amy, peter, hollis, michael "the circuit", mausami, theo, greer). a beloved character from the first novel returns. what has happened since the death of babcock? what are the other so called 11 virals doing? is there is a retaliation war coming? what the world is like 3 weeks after the escape of the virus and virals?
i honestly believed this would've been a fine ending to the story. but apparently he has a final book coming out in a few years. this is an awesome sequel to an incredible series. double thumbs up