Tag Archives: The Twelve

Review: The Twelve

The Twelve

The Twelve
By Justin Cronin
(Ballantine Books, Hardcover, 9780345504982, October 2012, 592pp.)

The Short of It:

Open the book, read the first few pages and fall into a world quite unlike your own.

The Rest of It:

I’ve been talking about this book for months and could not wait for it to finally hit the shelves. The anticipation of it coming and the feeling I had when it finally appeared on my e-reader made me feel like a kid in a candy store. The only negative was that I was in the middle of a huge project at work so I could not take the day off like I wanted to. In fact, because I am so particular about how I read highly anticipated books, I ended up putting it off until I had some time to really sit down with it.

I finally read it and let me tell you, I was not disappointed. The Twelve is book #2 of The Passage trilogy. What impressed me about The Passage, is that it was a combination of many different genres. Part thriller, part fantasy with vampire-like creatures and an experiment gone wrong. It was the end of the world, and the beginning of another. Well, in The Twelve, the story focuses on what the world has become.

There are some new characters, but lots of familiar ones as well. As good attempts to overcome evil, there is a lot of getting from point A to point B but what I especially enjoyed, what I really savored was the decimated world that Cronin created. I love stories that center around the Apocalypse and as dark as most of these books are, The Twelve was not that. Cronin focuses on the survivors and they are a resilient bunch. Quirky, strong and level-headed. There are no idiots here.

As you can imagine from the title of this trilogy, Cronin takes us on a journey and as we go along for the ride, we get to spend time with these characters, we get to know them and we get to know their weaknesses. This installment was more personal, or it seemed to be as I was reading it.

Now for those of you who are wondering about these “Virals” and their vamp-like tendencies, let me just say that this is not a book about vampires. These creatures are altered but they are thinking beings and their calculated means of attack makes for some entertaining reading. The battle scenes put you right in the action, but they aren’t overly graphic. A lot is left to your imagination which is how I like it.

The Twelve is a solid follow-up to book one. The pacing was just right so the length of the book was not an issue. I can’t wait to see what Cronin dreams up for book three.

Source: Purchased
Disclosure: This post contains Indiebound affiliate links.

Plans? Who needs ’em?

I had planned to take the day off to dive into this book:

The Twelve

Things don’t always work out the way you want them to. Work has been very, very busy. I am working on a huge project and although this project has been delayed and pushed back numerous times. it’s hit full-force and now I just can’t wait to be done with it. It’s the reason why my commenting has slowed to a crawl. It’s the reason for the additional gray hairs I’ve seen in the mirror, and let’s face it…it’s the reason for the 7 lbs I seem to have gained from shoving lunch into my face while sitting at my desk.

However, I’ve got the book on my Kindle and although I can’t take the day off to enjoy it the way others will be enjoying it today, it will be a welcome break to sit down to it at lunch. Yes, outside and not at my desk. Promise.

I’ve also got lots of reviews to write, a birthday party for The Girl this weekend, an out-of-town cross-country meet for The Boy this weekend and recently he told me he joined the Men’s Chamber Choir. So glad that he is joining in but it’s a lot. I hope he can handle it with the show and ASB and all the other stuff he’s got going. I hope I can stay sane.

On that note, I’ve been in the mood for horror movies lately. A nice distraction from the horrors here at work, maybe? You’d think I’d want something warm and fuzzy after reading American Psycho but no… I seem to want the horror to continue so this past weekend, Facebook friends recommended movies and I watched Session 9. It was creepy! It has Josh Lucas in it. Need I say more?

Are you reading The Twelve right now? Have you seen any good horror movies lately?