Top positive review
on 11 June 2016
How the hell do you review a book like this?
I mean there is a lot going on, all of it bloody, bleak, horrific and written with mind-blowingly immense skill from Justin Cronin, how do I even chip the tip of this iceberg?
Well let me assume to begin with that you have already read the Passage.
This book follows from the Passage with familiar characters such as, of course Amy plays a big part along with Hollis, Peter Jaxon, Alicia Donadio and Michael Fisher but it also introduces to some new important characters whose back story plays a very important part in what is to come.
We meet early outbreak, the very unstable and extremely pregnant Lila who is slowly losing her mind and doesn't seem to be the slightest bit bothered about the dracs ripping people to shreds outside, in fact she even visits a local DIY store, this is where she meets Lawrence, a man with a very dodgy past but who finds himself risking everything to keep her and her unborn baby safe.
We also meet Kittridge, a survivor from Denver who finds himself responsible for a rag tag group of all ages and attitudes that includes teenage April and her young brother, the group look for sanctuary but when they find it, well all good things come to an end.
I am not going to even begin to describe the book in great detail but the dracs are still very much "alive" however people are getting unnerved by a hooded woman who appears to have the ability to control them and she is not controlling them for good.
Our survivors are scattered and desperate, we go from Year Zero all the way to Year 97 after the outbreak in this story, and as we jump backwards and forwards through the book, the fight for survival does not get easier.
The Twelve, the death row prisoners turned nightmare experiments are still out there but whilst there is still hope, there is a chance their days are numbered, Amy, the girl from nowhere is pivotal in this book, she is such a fantastic character, she reminds me of River Tam from Firefly, innocence and grace but also totally bad ass when needed.
Actually all the characters where great but this book has a case of the GRR Martin's in you never know who is going to make it to the end.
The Twelve felt more urgent in its narrative than the Passage, some of the scenes really do suck you in and can make you feel very, very emotional, especially near the end of the book where the ante really is upped with horrific results - not to the story to what is playing out in the story.
So is it worth dedicating time to reading all these books?, all those thousands of pages, all those characters, all that blood and gore?
Yes, clear your schedule, put down your phone and read this series, you won't regret it. It is consistently great and genuinely full of exhilarating horror with a dash of hopeless humanity.