The Twelve – Justin Cronin

9 Dec

The Twelve is the sequel to my favorite book of all time, The Passage! This one took me a while to read, in part because it’s fairly long (over 500 pages) but also because when I’m actively going to school I find it hard to read. So, the semester is over, I found myself sick with a cold, and nothing better to do than to finish my book!

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The Twelve was, in my opinion, not as good as The Passage, but it was still an awesome book. I love the style Justin uses when he writes. He reminds me a lot of Stephen King (I suppose the subject matter has a little something to do with that).

Ok, on to my review. For a quick recap on The Passage, the government finds their new “ultimate” weapon…vampires! A breed of vampires (called Virals) unlike any you’ve read about before. Only the project goes all wrong and these creatures are unleashed on the world. The world as we know it comes to an end rather abruptly, with only a few “human” survivors remaining.

The Twelve picks up in the future, some 100 plus years after the Virals took over the world. Amy is once again a large part of the story, as well as Carter and Wolgast (who I was surprised to hear about again). There are some new characters introduced as well, but all have the same agenda, to kill the Virals.

As the book ends there are many things left unanswered. Just what has become of Amy is unclear, although I have no doubt she’ll be back in the third and final book (two years from now). Wolgast has been lead to “heaven” to be with (I’m assuming) Lila and Eva, his family. Wolgast asks Amy if she is in love now that she is a woman, to which she replies yes. Ok, I’m confused on this part. Does she mean Peter? They keep sharing these little finger touching sessions but nothing else. Or does she mean Carter? I don’t think so. Or Zero? Since they are both Virals? I’m confused to say the least, but I suppose that’s what Justin had in mind.

So, do I think you should read this book? Yes, of course! But start with The Passage first otherwise you’ll be completely confused. I already can’t wait for the last book to come out, The City of Mirrors (2014).

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