- Hardcover: 592 pages
- Publisher: Orion; Hardback edition (25 Oct. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0752897861
- ISBN-13: 978-0752897868
- Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 4.1 x 0.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Twelve Hardcover – 25 Oct 2012
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...as 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 Passage' takes us on a journey through a dystopian earth where mankind is almost extinct due to mutants who need humans as a source of food. The mutants were created as the result of secret experimentation by the military who were blissfully ignorant of the force they were creating.
The focus moves to a particular group of survivors who leave the safety of their compound in the hope of finding a new Utopia. After a prolonged battle and a road trip of many miles just a few of them survive. 'The Twelve' follows their story through several time frames from the past to the present and into a future where a cure for the original virus might be found.
This is a novel that will demand huge amounts of your time and concentration. There have been many changes but the essence of the original characters remains even though they are outwardly changed by time and experience. Amy is the biggest change. Gone is the fragile, spiritual child and possible 'saviour' of the human race!. Amy is strong. Strong enough to carry the demands placed upon her by fate.
I'm not the greatest fan of post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction but 'The Passage' was undoubtedly one of the best novels I'd read and I have never forgotten it. 'The Twelve' was less convincing but still made for a powerful, addictive read. I'm looking forward to Book 3.
I preferred The Twelve as a tighter, more engaging story with less exposition than is required in The Passage. The need to add more background gives The Passage moments of inertia. The Twelve works as a standalone novel because it compresses the events of The Passage into a preamble imagined as a quasi-religious text written and found of the events. That provides enough context to launch into the events of The Twelve. Admittedly without having read The Passage there were places in The Twelve that were more mysterious or understood differently but this didn't detract in fact gave me more pleasure filling in the gaps with my own imagination.
I often enjoy the central sections of a trilogy most. They are unencumbered with the pull of beginnings and endings, requiring less explanatory text then the first and less concerned with the finality of the third. Themes can open, darken and be explored. The Twelve does this through a time shifted narrative that retreads some of the time covered in the Passage but from different perspectives.Read more ›
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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The best book I've read? Possibly but has competition from the passage ;)Published 1 day ago by Brydonuk
Complicated book to read but i did read the first one and enjoyed it very much.Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
After ploughing through nearly 1000 pages of the passage, it was something of a relief to be faced with a mere 736 pages for this one. It's hard work though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cameron
Well, if you like this sort of thing as I do, at the risk of sounding derogatory towards the latter mentioned references (which I certainly wont be). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mr. S. J. Turner
These books just get better and better. I can't wait for the next one.
Well written and beautifully constructed...scary too.
You have to have read 'The Passage' to appreciate the plot in this novel. Into the 'Mad Max' future, the novel sprawls a little and the conclusion is 'contrived'... Read morePublished 3 months ago by whiterose
An excellent follow on from The Passage. The final part is eagrly awaited!Published 3 months ago by lb