Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Posted October 26, 2012 | 20 Comments

Title: The Twelve
Author: Justin Cronin
Published: October 16, 2012
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Series: The Passage #2
Source: Publisher for review

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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?

*spoiler free*

Ah!  This is so hard.  As I read The Twelve, I knew this book was going to be difficult to review.  I really love this series, but I didn’t always love it as I do now.  When I read The Passage almost two years ago, I liked it a lot, but it wasn’t until a year or so later that I realized that I absolutely loved it!  Never has a book stuck with me so much, that I found myself randomly thinking about it many times.  Then of course I became more and more excited to read The Twelve.  So when an ARC copy arrived unexpectedly on my doorstep, I was beyond ecstatic!  And oh how I loved it.

The Twelve seemed to have a slightly different feel to it.  I don’t know if it was just me, or if there really was more of a paranormal aspect to it.  Which is completely fine, it just felt a little different than The Passage.  My favorite thing about this book, though, is how everything is connected and there is a reason for everything. There were a couple of times I wondered why Cronin was switching over to a new set of characters, but then it would eventually all come together and completely wow me.  I loved all those moments when I realized how certain people were linked.  There is a list of characters in the back of the book, but honestly, I’m glad I keep my own notes, because there are a few connections I would have missed if I hadn’t.  Seriously, Cronin is a master at weaving the lives of past, present, and future together.   I am such a stickler for details and constancy, and he ties the whole thing up extremely well.

Like I said, this book is tough to review, because there is just so much and I don’t want to give spoilers. What it come down to is this: Everything about The Twelve is fantastic; the characters, the world-building, the plot, the twists and turns… everything.  This series definitely deserves all the hype it gets.

I can’t believe I have to wait two years for the third and final book.  I swear, if I die before I get to read it, I will haunt the author.  You have been warned, Cronin! 🙂



20 responses to “Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

  1. I read The Passage this summer – I was on a 6 week excavation, camping for that period of time, so I took it with me as it was really thick and I thought it would last a while. Nope… I read it at every free opportunity!
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Twelve, your review has made me even more excited to read it =D
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  2. I just bought both books because of that evil enabler Kimba – I’m so glad you love them too. Actually, don’t kill me, but two more years until the next book doesn’t sound totally awful to me because at the turtle’s pace I read my personal TBR pile, it might take me that long to get to them. 😉

    Love your enthusiasm!
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    • Christy

      Bwahaha… It’s my and Kimba’s mission to make TBR piles grow. I totally know what you mean, I’m on turtle speed too. lol

  3. I had not even heard of The Passage until I heard about The Twelve from Kimba…and with some amazing luck I actually found the book in my Goodwill store. So I’m reading it now and really enjoying it so far.
    I’m glad you enjoyed The Twelve, great review!
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    • Christy

      That’s great that you were able to find it there. You know what, that gives me an idea… I think I’m going to start donating some of my books to Goodwill.

      • Definitely! That’s what I do when I have books that are bit too ‘loved’ on to giveaway. You can find some amazing deals there, this past week mine had tons of brand new (with price stickers) hardcovers.
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    • Christy

      Read it. This is a great series that I think you’d love. Go enter the giveaway! I *think* it’s international… maybe. Hopefully.

  4. Hmm… so I really did like the first. The 100 years in between threw me off and I almost didn’t finish but stuck with it and was pretty happy about how it ended. Other than the major cliff hanger and two years. So I haven’t picked this up yet. I may have to give it a try.
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