The Twelve by Justin Cronin
(Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel

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10 Critic Reviews

...The Twelve remains a remarkably frightening and tense novel. Between the genuinely terrifying monsters...or his willingness to kill off beloved characters, there is little room left on the page to breath.
-National Post arts

Synopsis

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for a special preview of Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors in the back of the book.

The end of the world was only the beginning.
 
In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with . . .
 
THE TWELVE
 
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
 
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
 
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, The Twelve is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.

Praise for The Twelve
 
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
 
“An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
 
The Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
 
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
 
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
 
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About Justin Cronin

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Born and raised in New England, Justin Cronin is a graduate of Harvard University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop. Awards for his fiction include the Stephen Crane Prize, a Whiting Writers' Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. He is a professor of English at Rice University and lives with his wife and children in Houston, Texas.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Ballantine Books. 589 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books, Horror. Fiction
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All: 10 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 4

NY Times

Below average
Reviewed by Janet Maslin on Nov 01 2012

“The Twelve” is pure Soggy Middle, the Book that Never Gets Anywhere with the Story of the Girl From Nowhere, a Half-Dead Tale of the Undead.

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NY Times

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Reviewed by JOSEPH SALVATORE on Oct 26 2012

Like its predecessor, it is a strange new creature for the 21st century: the literary superthriller, driven at once by character and plot.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Roz Kaveney on Oct 25 2012

...well-paced flurries of action and a deepened portrayal of the conventional emotions that too often become clichés.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Todd VanDerWerff on Oct 29 2012

Cronin’s writing quality continues to lift it above what could easily become a morass of easy contrivance and eye-rollingly vague spirituality.

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National Post arts

Excellent
Reviewed by Josh Visser on Oct 19 2012

...The Twelve remains a remarkably frightening and tense novel. Between the genuinely terrifying monsters...or his willingness to kill off beloved characters, there is little room left on the page to breath.

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USA Today

Above average
Reviewed by Carol Memmott on Oct 15 2012

There's no diminution of elegant writing. But the story flounders as if the roiling terror of The Passage has been diluted by characters less well-defined and a story line too small for the more than 500 pages it fills.

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The Boston Globe

Above average
Reviewed by Ethan Gilsdorf on Oct 16 2012

True to form, “The Twelve” performs its dutiful role as a middle book, raising stakes, delivering gads of plot, and providing resolution. But not too much.

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City Book Review

Good
Reviewed by Alex Telander on Jan 08 2013

...takes readers to interesting and new places, with its unusual characters, keeping us hooked until the end.

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Cleveland.com

Excellent
Reviewed by John Alden on Oct 16 2012

Cronin's apocalypse novels prove that good writers needn't stay mired in realism. And make no mistake. Cronin is a very good writer indeed.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Josh Visser on Oct 19 2012

...one villain is a bit too close to being ripped from a James Bond film. There are also more than a coincidental number of coincidences. But at its core, The Twelve remains a remarkably frightening and tense novel.

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