The Twelve by Justin Cronin
Source: Picked up at ALA
Publication date: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Random House
Series: The Passage #2
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars
Summary from Goodreads.com: At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.
To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?
For those of you that, like me, slogged through The Passage wondering when will it pick up just to finish it up and be “ho hum” definitely give The Twelve a try. Everyone else I know loved The Passage and to me it was just ok and I found the first 200-300 pages actually painful to read. The Twelve on the other hand grabbed me right away and I could not put it down despite the hefty 570 page count.
There was no way I was going to reread The Passage so there were a few characters I was murky about and couldn’t recall very well until about half way through. Cronin does give a nice wrap up of what happened in The Passage at the beginning of the book which was nice. There are multiple storylines going on throughout the book which was kind of confusing at first but slowly we begin to see how all the characters paths start to converge and you get those “aha!” moments which I love. I had a lot of questions after reading The Passage and it was nice to see quite a few answered.
The pacing of the story was perfect and kept me engrossed the entire time I was reading. We get to see what became of several of the characters from The Passage but also get introduced to a new host of characters that I loved. My main reason for not giving this book all 5 stars was that there were a few things that confused me and granted it might be because I was reading so fast because I wanted to know what happened next. We see the return of a pretty major character from The Passage and I don’t really understand how that person came back and ended up playing the part they did at the end. There were also a few other new story lines that abruptly end and we never get a hint of what happened to those characters. This bugged me as I really enjoyed those characters. I’m hoping Cronin returns to them in the next book.
Other than that I thought this was an amazing sequel and one of the few that I enjoyed more so than the first book.