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The Twelve [Hardcover]

Justin Cronin
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25 Oct 2012


Death-row prisoners with nightmare pasts and no future.


Until they were selected for a secret experiment.


To create something more than human.


Now they are the future and humanity's worst nightmare has begun.


The epic sequel to


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  • Hardcover: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (25 Oct 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0752897861
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752897868
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.2 x 4.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a multi-award-winning writer. He is Professor of English at Rice University, and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.

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Review exhilarating as The Passage, with people variously trapped in hideous bleak labour camps, engaging in cage fights with virals (Cronin's name for vampires) or chained up for decades. (THE SUNDAY TIMES)

For fans of apocalyptic thrillers who aren't afraid of the dark (GLAMOUR.COM)

[The Passage was] smart, well-crafted and entertaining ...The Twelve delivers much of the same vitality and vision. Like it's predecessor, it is a strange new creature for the 21st century: The literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot. (INTERNATIONAL HERALD TRIBUNE)

The follow-up to the much-lauded The Passage deepens and darkens the apocalyptic events of the first book (BELFAST TELEGRAPH)

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The epic story of THE PASSAGE continues.

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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A massive let down 28 May 2013
By Dave
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Oh dear. After being absolutely blown away by The Passage, I immediately launched into The Twelve, only to become more and more disillusioned as time went on. By the end I was speed reading, skipping whole sections just to get it over with.

Where The Passage was bleak, and unremitting with peril round every corner and well-rounded characters dropping like flies in a gut-wrenching manner, The Twelve is full of convenient escapes, a total lack of threat, characters miraculously surviving impossible situations, returning from the dead etc etc. It turns into a pointless and tedious action adventure, with no suspense as all the main characters by now seem to be completely impervious to any real threat. Where the outside world was a dark and dangerous place before, where the slightest contact meant instant death in all likelihood, now it is essentially a safari. At the end, it really was just a bunch of stuff that happened, with no emotional weight whatsoever.

Its really, truly best just to read The Passage and leave the story there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A LONG WAIT 26 Dec 2012
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i was waiting for this book to come out for ages and i was expecting a sequel as good as the first . Sadly , i believe the author left too long a gap in between writing as this book feels disconected to the first book . The author lost his way half way through and i could not finish reading it after page 300. I have so many books to read so i did not waste anymore time on it. I wont be reading part 3 .
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping but too many characters 1 Jan 2014
By Sarah78
Format:Kindle Edition
Really enjoyed the passage, by far the best book I'd read in ages. Had to wait a long time for this one to come out and by the time I got to read it I'd forgotten a lot of the characters names. Spent a lot of time having to skim back to figure out who the people were in the current chapter...saying that, once I'd got all the players straight in my head it was brilliant.

Loved the development of the original heroes, and thought Amy's growth was very well depicted. Can't wait now for the climax in the third book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as good as The Passage 14 Feb 2013
By Bakey
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I read The Passage last year, thought it was one of the best books I'd ever read, easily as good as Stephen King's The Stand and I couldn't wait until the second novel in the trilogy was released. I've just finished reading it and although it was good it didn't live up to my expectations. The first half of the novel was excellent, fast paced, difficult to put down and didn't disappoint. For me the second half was nowhere near as good, I felt it was confusing and disjointed, I began to not care just wanting to get the novel finished and hoping it would improve towards the end but unfortunately it didn't. I wonder if this book is setting the scene for the final one in the trilogy and that perhaps three books in this series wasn't needed and if the story could have been told over 2 novels instead?
I will still read the final book when it's released and hopefully it will be up to the high standards of The Passage and first half of The Twelve.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Confused 13 Mar 2013
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After reading the passage i was very excited to get stuck into this book. However i was greatly disappointed the book jumped all over the place left i found it confusing and disappointing not going to attempt the last book when it comes out.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars What has happened 21 Nov 2012
As with other reviewers I concur, The Passage was one of the best books I have read.
That said upon completetion I could not wait for the follow up. It concluded with a real cliffhanger. I constantly checked the web to see when the follow up was due for release in the UK.
The great day arrived and I purchased The Twelve.
Give it a chance, give it a chance, The Passage started slowly.
I gave it a chance, all 565 pages and was left frustrated and somewhat annoyed at the lack of quality of the follow up.
Good charachters (last stand in Denver) just fade away never to return.
Long, god so long boring passages of descriptions, meaningless pointless dreams that everyone seems to have.

The Passage had an almost tranquil feel about it with the mountain retreat and the Amy/Wolgast chapters.
Suddenly The Twelve presents us we a full on surviving city of some 70,000 !!!
And vehicles 100 years old that still work on tyres that have not perished !!!

The story jumps back and to through time periods you are constantly working out where you are. If I left the book a couple of days I had to check the inside back cover for the list of players and what time zone they belonged to.

The first book was so good I wonder if other things are at play here.
The film rights were sold for a considerable sum on The Passage and The Twelve does seem to have scenes which would lend themselves to spectacular Hollywood special effects. The author himself refers to 'team Cronin'....I wonder.

The book is a massive let down and the final insult is the epilogue with its non sensical rambling paragraphs that made little or no sense to me. The ultimate full stop because I will not be partaking of book 3.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not half as good as The Passage 8 Dec 2012
By Bodvok
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I have been waiting to read this book for over a year and constantly scoured the internet for news of its release. As soon as I could I downloaded it to my beloved Kindle and prepared to block out the world for a few days and take myself back to Cronin's apocalyptic world which I had so loved in the first book of this trilogy, The Passage. The first half didn't disappoint and without giving the plot away the whole section about Kittridge 'last stand in Denver' was probably better than anything I have read in the 2 books so far. When Danny was driving that bus just after the virus had been let loose I cheered and cried both at the same time. However, the second half of the book goes off at a complete tangent and now the war is against other human survivors and factions. I found the comparisons with the Nazi death camps and The Homeland quite startling, unnecessary and distasteful. Cronin has lost his way with this book and as has been mentioned in other reviews the endless edition of new characters makes it ever more confusing. In the latter half my heart would sink as a new character was added and I had to work out who they were related to or how they fitted in. To sum up I could have read about Kittridge and co. forever but the rest of the book is just average and the plotline doesn't really follow on from the first book. It is as though Cronin has written another story and just added it in for good measure because he couldn't think of anything else which I find bizarre to say the least. I am giving 3 stars mainly because of the sheer accomplishment of this work and I will go on to read the final part of this trilogy on its release but please Mr Cronin get back to the original theme of The Passage which was oh so much better.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
A heavy read and a little difficult to get into but once you do you're gripped. This is vampires with an edge and new world discoveries. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by growlson
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Published 4 days ago by I. R. Cowell
5.0 out of 5 stars well written and a good read.
I read the first book in this series when my daughter brought it home for me from a charity shop and as soon as i finished it i ordered this one immediately as i couldn't put it... Read more
Published 9 days ago by lizweb61
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling.
Cronin in an exceptional writer. The structure, whilst complex, is fluid and easy to follow. Can't wait for the final instalment.
Published 15 days ago by Susan Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read
Published 15 days ago by Mike Walsh
3.0 out of 5 stars It just feels like each book briefly outlines a threat to overcome and...
A drop in standards from the first book, some niggles I had:

There were moments of brutality in this book that felt at odds with the general teen fiction tone of the... Read more
Published 16 days ago by M. King
5.0 out of 5 stars The Twelve
Every bit as good as his first novel The Passage, can't wait for the 3rd book in the trilogy to come out
Published 25 days ago by enid mary lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars An engaging, if sometimes confusing narrative
A rewarding sequel to The Passage. Although try not to leave too much time between reading chapters - I did - and constantly found myself trying to remember how all the characters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by marie parry
4.0 out of 5 stars A really good second part to the trilogy
A really good second part to the trilogy. Much like almost every sequel ever written it does not quite match the original but if you loved book one, then you will not be able to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dominic Hendry
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Loved the first book "The Passage". Found this one a little more heavy going but will buy the third one in the trilogy.
Must know what happens to the characters.
Published 1 month ago by anita hook
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