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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (18,843 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Justin Cronin Narrator: Scott Bric Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Passage Trilogy Release Date:
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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 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A literary superthriller.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “A compulsive read.”

    San Francisco

  • “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

  • “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

  • A 2012 Time Magazine Top 10 Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Library Journal Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Washington Post Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 Esquire Magazine Best Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 NPR Best Book for Fiction
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • Selected for the November 2012 Indie Next List

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joseph Kral | 2/18/2014

    " Was quite pleased by the pace and break off point before the last novel. Interesting story. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Steve Horwatt | 2/9/2014

    " I had kind of a "meh" reaction to "The Passage," so I might not have read "The Twelve" if I hadn't gotten a free copy. My reaction to "The Twelve" is very similar to my reaction to "The Passage"; namely, Justin Cronin writes very well, but his science fiction/horror worldbuilding skills are not so good. I don't think his version of the vampire mythos is very consistent, coherent or satisfying (or original...most all of the vampire mechanics here feel like they're cut and pasted from King, Matheson, or someone other horror author), and his plotting relies pretty heavily on coincidence and various deux ex machinae (or whatever the plural of machina is). I do think his action scene writing has improved since "The Passage," in which I thought some of the action sequences were a bit bland...and some were even painful. And as I said, the writing itself, the descriptions and dialogue and characters, are all very well done. But I also think Cronin should probably stick to writing something other than horror, because (IMHO) it's just not his strength. Oh, and I'm thinking I'm done with "vampire plague ends the world" novels from here on out. The subgenre is played. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Joanna | 2/7/2014

    " "Umm...what?" That seemed to be my reaction to most of the book. There were so many different names and storylines that it was hard to keep them all straight. It was rewarding when I did though, seeing where they all interacted and developed into one another. Still, I feel like this book was too confusing, it could just be that way for me though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kevin Singer | 2/6/2014

    " I got my hands on a preview copy and burned through it in no time. Cronin veered in a different direction with this book, and I'd give it five stars except that in some points I felt like he was drawing it out in order to have a trilogy. Nevertheless, well worth the time. Can't wait for the final book. "

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