(12) The Twelve

Title: The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel by Justin Cronin
Publisher: Ballantine Books
589 pages
Genre: Sci/fi

Synopsis: 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.

Review: This was a great follow up to The Passage.  It gave some background on what happened during the chaos that ensued after the Twelve escaped from their lab and the building of the Colony.  Its a great way to learn more about how this world became what it is.

Mixed in with this background is information about the current time about 100 years from the start of the plague. I have to say this book can be a little confusing at first as it thrusts you back and forth in time but as you get further into the book it gets easier and better.

There are old characters that you will love, new characters that you will hate, and people you will mourn for.  I am totally hooked on this series and can't wait for the sequel.  The mysteries are in place and the final showdown for humans is about to begin.