Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

As much as I tried to savor reading the 568 pages of  The Twelve  by Justin Cronin, the novel didn’t even have a chance. One evening I barely read because I got myself all creeped out. The book wasn’t as creepy as The Passage, but I got all worked up imagining the scary vampires.

Ok, on to the review.

I won’t give any spoilers because I know people have been eagerly waiting for The Twelve just like I have. In case you couldn’t tell from my previous posts.

I would highly recommend that you read or re-read The Passage before starting The Twelve.  In the beginning, the sequel teases readers by giving a glimpse of where the first book left off. Cronin then jumps back to when it all first started. Year 1 of the virals, as he calls the vampire-like creatures. Instead of seeing the United States fall apart from Amy and Wolgast’s point of views, we see it from multiple perspectives.

When I met Justin Cronin at BEA Blogger, he prepared us for the parallel story lines among the three novels (it’s supposed to be a trilogy). That part didn’t surprise me. What surprised me was much of the book dealt with the fast rise of the virals and the spiraling destruction of the U.S. as we know it. I was a little skeptical with where the story would go next. Eventually, The Twelve comes full circle and brings readers back to Amy and Peter, the beloved characters from the first novel.

I won’t go any further with the plot lines because I’ll spoil the novel for you.

I’m not sure if I expected too much from The Twelve because I’ve been waiting so long for it. The chapters are short and Cronin flits from character to character. Just as I acclimate myself to another setting and plot line, he jumps to the next set of characters.

I can’t say that I’m thrilled with The Twelve, but I’m not disappointed either.  The book  definitely feels like a bridge to the last of the trilogy.

Anyone know when book 3 is supposed to come out?

I paid for my own copy of The Twelve. This post contains affiliate links.

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