The Twelve by Justin CroninThe Twelve by Justin Cronin

The Twelve

byJustin Cronin

Hardcover | October 16, 2012

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A literary thriller revealed in multiple time frames, The Twelve is a suspenseful tale of the human capacity for sacrifice and the transformative power of renewal. In the present day: As three strangers attempt to navigate the chaos cast upon civilization by a U.S. government experiment gone wrong, their destinies intertwine. More than a hundred years in the future: Amy, Peter, Alicia and the others introduced in The Passage pinpoint the weaknesses of the twelve original vampires . . . even as they confront a betrayal by one of their own.
JUSTIN CRONIN is the New York Times bestselling author of The Passage, Mary and O'Neil (which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize) and The Summer Guest. Other honours for his writing include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a Whiting Writer's Award. A professor of English at Rice University,...
Title:The TwelveFormat:HardcoverDimensions:592 pages, 9.52 × 6.37 × 1.5 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0385669534

ISBN - 13:9780385669535


Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Twelve I loved this installment of Cronin's series. I found The Passage to drag on with too much back story, but the Twelve was fast paced and terrifying.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from FREAKING LOVED IT <b>"The Twelve" by Justin Cronin. Book 2 of the Passage Trilogy.</b> OH MY FREAKING GOODNESS!!! I'm going to prefix my review with saying that this is not the genre I usually read. Sci-fi/Horror is definitely not something I'm really into but THIS BOOK?!?!? Holy freaking snowballs!! I loved every minute of it! OVERVIEW: Two story arcs <i>The "Present"</i>: The world is being taken over by virals, vampire like creatures, created by a horrible government experiment gone wrong. It follows the journey of three people: Kittridge, an ex-soldier, is trying to survive in a world gone mad; Lila, a doctor, is struggling to keep her sanity and preparing for the birth of her child; and Alice, a young girl, trying to keep her brother alive in this world now filled with creatures that are to horrible to even contemplate. This section of the book shows us how the world is reacting to the release of the virals and how people are trying to survive in the immediate aftermath. <i>The Future</i>: 97 years A.V. (after virus). The story picks up from the first book 5 years later, following Peter, Alisha, Amy and Micheal, where they are now and what each of them is doing. The trials of horror these characters go through is bone-chilling to say the least. Their fight to stay alive has brought them together again in a fight against the twelve original virals. This story is so complex yet, at the same time, is easy to follow. There are a lot of characters to keep straight in your head but don't let this stop you. At times I was like "Oh THAT'S who that is!" and then the story line made even more sense. So many twists and turns. The imagery is phenomenal. The descriptions of some of the scenes have you cringing at times and yet at one point I had freaking tears in my eyes! So well written you can't help but feel for every character and hate the bad guys just as much. I can't wait for the final installment of this trilogy!
Date published: 2016-12-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the read The story was hard to follow and not very interesting. Sorry to say I spent money on this. Only read if you love the author.
Date published: 2015-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Twelve Amazing, Justin Cronin took me to another place and time. He was able to take a vampire novel and write something between a horror and suspense
Date published: 2015-05-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Twleve The Twelve was an interesting and long read. I enjoyed apocalyptic elements and the twisted story line. At times I found the book difficult to follow- since there were so many characters. I would recommend this book to a friend who enjoys sci fi and fantasy.
Date published: 2014-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Masterwork. Innovative, complex and detailed. Perhaps could have been shorter.
Date published: 2014-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from EPIC!! Fabulously written. I can't wait for City if Mirrors in October! Thanks for the fab referral Jeremy!!!
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Twelve As good as the Passage. Can't wait for the final book of the trilogy.
Date published: 2014-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not bad A bit slow to start but redeemed itself in the end. Not as good as "The Passage" but a decent second installment. Looking forward to the release of "City of Mirrors".
Date published: 2014-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not bad Loved The Passage. Found The Twelve somewhat confusing. The violence became too graphic. I will not read book three.
Date published: 2014-01-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Not bad I could not put this down - loved the many different characters. Can't wait for book 3.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful What a fantastic, epic, poetic novel! Full of horror and hope and the ugly beast that resides in humanity and the angels and heroes in all of us too. I will try to wait patiently for the next book...
Date published: 2013-11-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Twelve - Fast Paced Thriller As in the first novel, Cronin does an amazing job of joining countless characters and story lines into a cohesive, compelling novel. I waited a little too long before reading this 2nd novel and some of The Passage's details are fleeting, but The Twelve is a fast, quickly paced read. A first rate twist on the old vampire story.
Date published: 2013-07-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Twelve Enjoyed this book very much. Very strong characters. I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2013-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great I really enjoyed this book even though I generally don't read this type of novel, I was hooked from set-go.
Date published: 2013-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Lovely A lovely follow-up. Not as wonderful as the first, but still satisfying.
Date published: 2013-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Read!!! After watching a talk show where author Justin Cronin, received a a glowing review from author Stephen King, saying that Mr. Cronin 'put the scare back in vampires,' I rushed out and bought his first novel, The Passage. After that, I was hooked!!! As soon as word came that his second book, The Twelve, was released, with great anticipation, I quickly purchased it. I was NOT disappointed; this book had me in its grasp, and held me there till the end. And as the end approached, I felt a combined sense of suspense, wanting to know how things would turn out, and sorrow that the end was drawing near and trying hard to slow it down. The good news is that the end leaves Mr. Cronin with the possibility of writing a subsequence - I CAN'T WAIT!!! And please, DO hurry.
Date published: 2013-04-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The twelve Good sequel-prequel to The Passage.
Date published: 2013-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A fabulous sequel to an amazing series God I love these books. This novel proves itself to be the equal of the first volume, The Passage. A lot of our favourite characters return in this story, albeit older and in some cases, wearier. Nonetheless, Cronin engages us early into the book and we quickly become entranced with the horror and splendour that the author has brought forward. The book switches from storyline to storyline but it never becomes confusing or overly complex. He keeps our interest tighly bound in the narrative while leaving the reader hanging when necessary. Ultimately everything comes to a head in the blood-soaked climax. Cronin has emerged as a new horror master with others such as McCammon, King and Straub. I think he has better ability in writing lengthy novels than King but he shares the same attribute in letting us identify and sympathisize with the characters. After all, horror is only scary when you care about what happens to the main protagonists. This book is a classic - both in horror and post-apocalyptic milieus (aren't they really the same though?). I just wish the next book would hurry out.
Date published: 2013-02-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Twelve I enjoyed both novels very much. They were page-turners with many twists and turns. I would highly recommend The Passage and The Twelve.
Date published: 2013-02-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Genius Wow. Just wow. Justin Cronin did not disappoint with this sequel to The Passage.This is a story i will never forget. For a complete video review go to my YT chanell: thestorytaylor. * I was quite surprised with the fact that this book did not pick up where The Passage left off. Instead, we are catapulted back to when it all began, while being introduced to some very interesting new characters. * The characters are, like i expected, just as well written and multidimensional as i recalled. I felt a deep connection with just about all of them, both good and evil alike. In my opinion, they are the main focus of this story of epic proportions. * Justin Cronin puts as much work into his characters as he puts into his worldbuilding. All the aspects and details he puts into this book, specially those surrounding The Dome and it's inhabitants, are absolutely brilliant. * It's surprising how all of these aspects come together when we reach the climactic end. The battle against The Twelve, Amy's journey, all the trials and tribulations everyone went through, just made it all the more enjoying. And a hero long gone but not forgotten, rising from the dark to bring light to a new day. Absolutely mesmerizing. Brava, Justin Cronin. Brava.
Date published: 2013-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An excellent read! I requested the first book from my local library and liked it so much that I went and bought the second book because I didn't want to wait for it to become available through my library. I really look forward to reading the third installment.
Date published: 2012-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Twelve is a Ten! The Twelve continues right along where the Passage left off but this time the story is more fast-paced, more action and more gore. The huge cast of characters may be overbearing at times so the book requires your full attention. Cronin's despiction of post-viral America and the rich details of the characters enhances the plot. I promise that the ending will not disappoint but make you look really forward to the last installment if the trilogy.
Date published: 2012-12-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a great ass kicking sequel 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
Date published: 2012-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from only so-so I thoroughly enjoyed 'the passage' and had great expectations for this follow-up novel. Characters from the first book are still part of the story but - frankly - since it has been awhile between books you'd need to re-read the first to keep them all straight. Some new characters are introduced and when yo ustart to care about what happens to them - you never hear from them again. There are a lot of inconsistencies ... like we're 100 years in the future and yet there are 'shoe stores' completely intact - let alone the fact that 100 year old oil tankers are still on the roads. This is one of those books that spends 20 chapters getting to the point and then all story lines are wrapped up in a paragraph. won't be buying the 3rd book if there is one. Disappointed.
Date published: 2012-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Can't wait for Book 3! This was an amazing Follow-up to book 1 of The Passage. This writer is an amazing story-teller. Action-packed, emotional, nail-biting, depressing, this story has everything and is completely unpredictable. I didn't want this book to end and I will be biting my nails until Book 3 is available!
Date published: 2012-11-12

Editorial Reviews - Best 100 Books of - Best 100 Books of 2012“Cronin is the thinking man’s horror writer. Think of an amalgamation of Stephen King (horror writing) Dean Koontz (character genius) Tom Clancy (military language, etc.) and Anne Rice (vampire creepers) with a flare all his splendorific own—and you might be able to pinpoint Cronin’s gift.” —Daily HeraldPraise for The Passage"[A] magnificent beast of a new novel." —TIME"A blockbuster . . . astutely plotted and imaginative." —The New York Times Book Review"Cronin's unguessable plot and appealing characters will seize your heart and mind." —Parade"Great storytelling . . . vital, tender and compelling." —O, The Oprah Magazine"Addictive, terrifying and deeply satisfying. Not only is this one of the year's best thrillers; it's one of the best of the past decade--maybe one of the best ever." —Men's Journal