The Twelve, Justin Cronin’s second novel in The Passage trilogy, comes out October 16. This was a featured book at BEA 2012.
I have had The Twelve since June but, curiously, have not read it yet. I devoured The Passage when it was released in June of 2010. I barely remember the weekend I read it. All I did was become part of Cronin’s strange world so different from my own.
Could The Twelve live up to The Passage? That is a question I’ve asked myself over and over during the last few months. The possibility that it could not meant the novel has been sitting on a table all this time. In my experience, the second novel in a trilogy is never as good as the first or the last. There are a vast number of examples: The Hunger Games trilogy, the Matched trilogy, Anne Rice’s witches, and even Fifty Shades.
Here is a synopsis of The Twelve from Good Reads:
“At the end of The Passage, the great viral plague had left a small group of survivors clinging to life amidst a world transformed into a nightmare. In the second volume of this epic trilogy, this same group of survivors, led by the mysterious, charismatic Amy, go on the attack, leading an insurrection against the virals: the first offensives of the Second Viral War.
To do this, they must infiltrate a dozen hives, each presided over by one of the original Twelve. Their secret weapon: Alicia, transformed at the end of book one into a half human, half viral—but whose side, in the end, is she really on?”
But no more. This weekend, I’m reading The Twelve. I hope it lives up to expectations.
Now I ask you: Have you read The Twelve? What are your thoughts on it?