Series: The Passage, #2
Published by Random House LLC on October 16, 2012
Source: Owned Audible Book, Physical TBR, Read in 2015
It seemed like a good idea at the time...
Infecting twelve death-row prisoners with an ancient virus, in order to create human weapons. Instead, the virus turned them into ravening unstoppable monsters. And when the Twelve broke out of the underground facility where they had been born, all hell was truly unleashed.
In a world now ravaged by the viral plague, humanity is reduced to stubborn pockets of resistance. But if the human race is to have a future, survival is not enough. Against terrifying odds, they must hunt down the Twelve and destroy them in their lairs.
But something is wrong. The virals' behaviour is inexplicably changing. And all the clues point toward the Homeland, a sinister dictatorship where an unlikely trio are re-imagining humanity s destiny: Horace Guilder, a veteran of the original experiment with a blood-curdling vision of immortality; Lila Kyle, a woman whose tragic past has turned her into a figure of nightmare; and Lawrence Grey, a man whose search for connections has been fulfilled in the most gruesome way imaginable.
And then there is Amy. The Girl From Nowhere. Once the thirteenth test subject and now the only human who can fathom the Homeland's secret and truly enter the hive minds of the Twelve.
But what she finds there may spell the end of everything.
I love audio books. In the author’s notes on the audio version of Joe Hill’s NOS4A2, he talks about how the first stories we learn are read to us. I listen to audio books when I’m in the car, shopping, and playing Candy Crush Soda Saga or Trivia Crack.
In typical book blogger fashion, I already have a tbr shelf just for audio books. Reviewing them is a bit more difficult, because I don’t take notes and I don’t always know how to spell the characters names. So these reviews will be a little different from my book reviews.
I’m pretty sure I liked this book more than the first, although it’s been several years since I read The Passage. I read Cronin’s first book when it was published and made the mistake of picking it as my, at the time, fledgling book club’s monthly discussion book. These books are long, yo. And while I really liked The Passage (even if I went in thinking it would be about zombies and not vampires), it took me forever to finally listen to the copy of The Twelve I had downloaded onAudible.
The Twelve was the oldest book on my audio tbr pile. I wanted to listen to it, I did, but it was soooo long. And I kept thinking that maybe I’d do a re-read of The Passage… but one look at my piles of tbr books and that plan was tossed out the window. Instead I looked it up on Wikipedia to refresh my memory of the first book.
The Twelve deals with the present and the past, and it was the past that I found more interesting. I really loved Lila’s back story and the first days of the vampire outbreak. The second half of the book, more in the present, was good, but I was probably a tad more invested in first half and it’s characters.
I had the immense pleasure of meeting Justin Cronin in 2012 at my first ever trip to BEA and the Book Bloggers Conference. He was very friendly and engaging, and knowing that he’s a decent guy just makes me appreciate his imagination, which is pretty morbid at times.
The ending has left me excited about the next book- this time I promise not to wait so long before reading it!
Listening to 26 hours requires one to like the narrator- fortunately Scott Brick did a great job. He has a good voice, and it particularly is well suited to this genre. I would definitely listen to future books narrated by him!