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Amanda McCoy, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Amanda McCoy)
Cronin continues to deliver with his sequel to The Passage - but with each answer come more questions. His worldbuilding is second to none. He's created a gritty and frighteningly real world for us to explore.
I love his mix of darkness and evil with that of love and family.He writes in prose.
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Larry Hansen, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Larry Hansen)
A terrific set up for the third and final installment!
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sadiesue, January 17, 2013 (view all comments by sadiesue)
OMG! I love this book. Justin Cronin's writing is amazing. The characters and plot are so complex and interesting you want to savor every word. Cronin has taken the characters from The Passage and continued their journey. He doesn't give you all the story details on a platter and leaves many blanks for the reader to fill and I love the challenge. Now we just have to wait, what will seem like an eternity, for the next book to answer all the questions left behind from this one.
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jewels, January 5, 2013 (view all comments by jewels)
Justin Cronin is someone I stumbled across on a 'grab and peruse' trip to the library. We've all done it - stand in the library pulling random books of the shelf and reading the back or inside jacket cover, flipping through a page or two and we either put it back or say "I'll give it a go" and take it home. I took him home.
The Passage was amazing! Loved every minute of it, until the last few pages. I couldn't believe we were left adrift like that! I was so torn - I wanted to recommend the book to everyone I knew and yet warn them, "Its a great book with a horrible ending!" at the same time! So imagine my joy when on my next trip to the library I decided to do a search by author and see what else Mr Cronin might have written that I could read, only to discover Book 2 of the trilogy was due out in a matter of weeks! The story continues!!!!!
I was not disappointed, and this time when the ending came and again left me less than satisfied - I was OK knowing that there will be a Book 3 to sate my appetite for the world and characters Mr Cronin has created!
These books have it all. Government conspiracy, virus gone bad, Vampires for adults (not the Twilight kind), love, friendship, true companionship, suspense, mystery.....I could go on!
All I can say is read it and love it and wait not so patiently for Book 3....
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d_crabby, January 4, 2013 (view all comments by d_crabby)
Excellent sequal to The Passage, Justin Cronin has created another great story blending past and present to his oringinal story. A must read.
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ISBN:
9780345504982
Author:
Cronin, Justin
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Subject:
Thrillers
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Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy-Epic
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Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
592
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9.2 x 6.3 x 1.5 in 1.8375 lb

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bestseller Cronin's bloated apocalyptic thriller, like many a trilogy's middle book, falls short of the high standard set by its predecessor, 2010's The Passage. The struggle for survival between humanity's last hope, personified by Amy Harper Bellafonte, and vampire-like virals comes across as watered-down Stephen King, short on three-dimensional characters as well as genuine scares. The action shifts from the 'present' — five years after the First Colony, a refuge, has fallen to the virals — to Year Zero, when the virus that caused the catastrophe was unleashed, but the value added by the flashbacks isn't obvious. A prologue surveys the events of The Passage in biblical prose ('And a decree shall go forth from the highest offices that twelve criminals shall be chosen to share of the Zero's blood, becoming demons also'), but fails to bring readers adequately up to speed. A dramatis personae at the back listing more than 80 names is scarcely more helpful. 15- to 20-city author tour. Agent: Ellen Levine, Trident Media Group. (Oct.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong.

With The Twelve, the story continues.

In the present day: As a man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos, desperate to find others, to survive, to witness the dawn on the other side of disaster. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, has been so broken 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 by loss of electrical power 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 minefield 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.

A hundred years in the future: Amy, Peter, Alicia, and the others introduced in The Passage work with a cast of new characters to hunt the original twelve virals... unaware that the rules of the game have changed, and that one of them will have to sacrifice everything to bring the Twelve down.

The scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic tale of sacrifice and survival begun in The Passage surges forward in its breathtaking sequel — The Twelve.

PRAISE FOR JUSTIN CRONIN’S THE PASSAGE

Named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post • Esquire • U.S. News & World Report • NPR/On Point • St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“Magnificent . . . Cronin has taken his literary gifts, and he has weaponized them. . . . The Passage can stand proudly next to Stephen King’s apocalyptic masterpiece The Stand, but a closer match would be Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.” Time

“Read this book and the ordinary world disappears.” Stephen King

“[A] big, engrossing read that will have you leaving the lights on late into the night.” The Dallas Morning News

“[A] blockbuster.” The New York Times Book Review

“Addictive.” Men’s Journal

“Magnificently unnerving.” Entertainment Weekly

“Mythic storytelling.” San Francisco Chronicle

“A mesmerizing experience.” Salon

"Synopsis" by , The sequel to the New York Times bestselling novel The Passage.
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