A very different post-apocalyptic vampire story. This is the second of the trilogy—returning to previous characters as well as introducing new ones. It’s an epic saga, intricately detailed and full of piercingly dramatic moments. Be prepared to move back and forth in time, get to know and care about multiple characters, and be glad you can go out at night without being eaten!
November 2012 Indie Next List
“The second book in the trilogy begun with The Passage does not disappoint. New details emerge about the events immediately following the catastrophe that destroyed the United States as we know it. Background stories are filled in, and additional details lead to a new confrontation between the virals and the survivors that is truly epic in scope. What a thriller!”
— Linda Walonen, Bay Books, San Ramon, CA
"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER
The end of the world was only the beginning.
In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel "The Passage, "Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with . . .
In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child's arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as Last Stand in Denver, has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.
One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind's salvation . . . unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man's extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, "The Twelve" is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival.
Praise for "The Twelve"
A] literary superthriller. "The New York Times Book Review"
An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope. Milwaukee" Journal Sentinel"
"The Twelve "is even better than "The Passage." "The Plain Dealer"
A compulsive read. " San Francisco Chronicle"
Gripping . . . Cronin introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining. " The San Diego Union-Tribune"
Fine storytelling. Associated Press
Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills. "Fort Worth Star-Telegram"
"From the Hardcover edition.
“[A] literary superthriller.”—The New York Times Book Review
“An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope.”—Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
“The Twelve is even better than The Passage.”—The Plain Dealer
“A compulsive read.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.”—The San Diego Union-Tribune
“Fine storytelling.”—Associated Press
“Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills.”—Fort Worth Star-Telegram