Review: Justin Cronin - The Twelve

Wow, did I underestimate this book. Both in length as well as in quality. I am really, really happy to have found out this story exists and I can’t wait to read the next and last instalment of this series. But before we get to that, let me share my thoughts on The Twelve.

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The Twelve happens five years after The Passage. It’s great in many ways. First off, the way things are connected is really brilliant. Cronin does a great job with this. Pieces of this gigantic storyline illustrate the great manner of writing this man possesses. Not only that, you can really feel every character. And that’s a lot. Not only that you can feel them, there seriously are a lot of point-of-views in this story. So many characters for you to experien</em>e.

While I have become a great fan of Justin Cronin, it annoyed me in the beginning of this book that this follow-up story hardly contained any characters that I knew of. What I’m trying to say is that there’s a large chunk of the story happening in the year zero, and I was doubting whether I would hear from Peter and Michael and Amy again or I would get to follow a whole new bundle of people.

In the end though, the band got back together. Everything fits perfectly. Although here and there some parts had been left out – I assume because of the already huge number of pages and because it was obvious what had happened – I still liked this book a lot. It’s great.

If you haven’t read The Passage yet, go. Now. Read! It is a great post-apocalyptic story. The ending leaves you wanting more. That “more”, you can find in this ✩✩✩✩ star book. It’s great, and from what I’ve read on the webz the last instalment is going to be even better. I can hardly wait to read it.

What are your thoughts on The Twelve? Anything you want to add? Let’s start this discussion in the comments secti</em>n!