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.
I touched on this briefly on Friday, but I’ll repeat myself: what a great book.
I’ll start with what I didn’t like about The Passage and why it doesn’t actually matter. One of the biggest barriers to me really digging into The Passage was the narrative style. While found documents is a very cool way of telling a story, with so many characters and so much jumping around (and switching up to regular story telling methods), I just didn’t feel that it worked in the book.
Where The Twelve gets the narrative style right might be a symptom of the reader already being familiar with most of the characters, but the process of becoming invested in what’s going on is much smoother and much quicker than in the first book. There are still a TON of people running around in this book, and while I’m tempted to say that Cronin could probably cut out about 5 of them and still be in business, I am so impressed by the author’s ability to bring so many different story lines together. And, to make you go, “Holy sh*t!” in the process.
If you’re into zombie apocalypse fantasy, you’ll really love this book (and maybe be a little creeped out by the similarities to The Walking Dead). I swore up and down after reading The Passage that I wouldn’t be reading the sequels, but now I’m itching for 2014 and the final book of this trilogy to get here.
Is this what Twilight fans feel like?
PS – The movie rights were purchased before Cronin even finished writing the first book and I’m very eager to see how everything translates to film. I can see how they’ll be incredibly compelling (and hopefully popular), but I like that it doesn’t seem as though Cronin wrote the books in order to be easily adaptable to movie form. When authors do that (I’m looking at you, Dan Brown), I definitely feel pandered to and end up resenting the effort (I’m looking at you, too, Jim Grant/Lee Child). I guess only time will tell!