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- Listening Length: 26 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Random House Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: October 15, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009RFGP8K
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The Twelve: A Novel: The Passage Trilogy, Book 2 Audiobook – Unabridged
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First off, for anyone who isn’t familiar with Justin Cronin’s trilogy, this apocalyptic literature is not told in a linear fashion. Saying that, you have to read The Passage first and this one will make sense.
In the previous book you read about life before the virus. It’s life as we know it with stores, shopping, farms, social life, going to school and….everyday life. A virus which is mishandled by the government (what do you know, the government and military had a hand in this apocalyptic catastrophe) leading to a virtual wipe-out of our civilization.
Some survive – fast forward 100 years and you have read about the First Colony in California where people are secured in a compound. It’s a back-to-basics way of life, the sort we read about for our ancestors with them making tools by hand, growing their own food – a life devoid of television, or phones, cars and office life. People have jobs such as teachers, soldiers and farmers. It begins with the year 97 A.V. (after virus).
New characters are introduced but you’ll revisit some favorites such as Peter, Amy, Michael, Alicia and many others. If you read The Passage do you remember the cliff hangers at the end? The Twelve picks 5 years after The Passage and we are introduced to communities in Iowa, Kerrville Texas and one called "The Homeland" which is pure evil.
As with the first book and the last (I have already finished City of Mirrors) this story is about survivors and the lengths they will go to protecting their loved ones and keep the human race from being eliminated.
Not too much food mentioned in The Twelve. As you can see from my Paperwhite a bowl of soup was mentioned and it was a comfort food. Soup is certainly a comfort food, anytime.
Yet another thorn that gained prominence was the mystical aspect - ESP, alternative realities, etc. And they there is so much filler, Once again, at least a third of the book could be omitted without haring the story, particularly the background tales that provided little in the way of narrative. Some players are growing as more time is devoted to their struggles. Alicia's transformation was the highpoint.
Cronin does best when he lets the story tell itself. The destruction of one of the 12 with the nuclear device was probably the best part of the book. But how many times did we have to hear about Amy and her daddy savior and their mystical bond?
Because I adored The Passage, feeling some sophomore slumpishness in book II was to be expected. The Twelve is much worse than a standard mediocre follow-up. Cronin upped the ante of bad sequels dramatically with book II's interminable, hamfisted, tedious metaphysical/biblical mumbo jumbo. Worse, inexplicably he chose to leave behind any characters/storylines/settings/tone that made book I so gripping. Reading The Twelve was like being abandoned by a friend without a lift home at a party filled with strangers you're not liking the looks of who are double-dipping into the salsa and who are probably from the same cult.
In a nutshell, though I can't swear Cronin cynically wrote this only to meet contractual obligations, I can say without a doubt that reader enjoyment was not first and foremost in his mind.
I'd very much encourage people to forget this is a trilogy and stick with the truly excellent The Passage as a stand-alone novel. You won't regret that decision and you'll save time and money for more enjoyable pursuits like dusting, going to the dentist, cleaning gutters, a spinal tap, or rereading The Passage.
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The book “The Twelve (The Passage # 2)” by Justin Cronin is a solid follow-up to the first part. Stories of survivors blend in completely new ways.Read more