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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Audio book Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Again, another one I don't have to review so its going to be just some random thoughts

The Twelve 
by Justin Cronin
Narrated by Scott Brick
Random House Audio
ISBN: 9780307702043
Buy from Indigo


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?

Random Thoughts
  • A truly impressive book for the second book in a trilogy.  It felt satisfying and I am curious about what is going to happen in the final book
  • The ending was fabulous, you felt that the story could end here and you would be happy, but still be interested enough if the story kept going 
  • The problem from audio books for me is that I often have to listen to them while I am doing work or late at night, so I often miss little details.  So I think I know now what happened to Wolgast -- but I am not totally sure. Don't worry I will be buying the books for my collection so I will eventually read them again
  • Fabulous character development and truly outstanding world building, the creativity involved is positively brilliant 
  • Perfect uses of humour
  • Didn't want to stop listening too, I was often pissed at myself if I fell asleep while listening to (Yes I fell asleep I am a Full time mom, part time book seller -- I am one busy girl thank you very much)
  • Wanted more of Alicia
  • Again could have used less of the descriptive gross stuff and the thoughts of some of the depraved characters, but I am sensitive little soul so that isn't a judgement just a preference 
  • So many character point of views that it can be a tad bit confusing at times (Felt that in the first book too, but forgot to mention it)
  • Lots of twists and turns and many on the edge of your seat moments
  • Fascinating analogies
  • Great for book clubs as so many things that you can talk about (Don't want to give away spoilers)
  • Brick once again does a lovely job of the narration
  • The characters really are the heart of the story
  • Lot of surprised that you really didn't see coming 
Favorite Passages

“There was something in the pages of these books that had the power to make him feel better about things, a life raft to cling to before the dark currents of memory washed him downstream again, and on brighter days, he could even see himself going on this way for some time. A small but passable life. And then, of course, the end of the world happened.”

“Sorry, we made vampires; it seemed like a good idea at the time.” 

“The military was all about hierarchies, who urinated highest on the hydrant

"The greatest faith is the willingness to ask in the first place, all evidence to the contrary. Faith not just in God, but in all of us.”

4.5/5 Dewey's

I borrowed this from the Calgary Public Library

1 comment:

  1. I am excited for the third in this series as well. I listened to the first two on audio... so good!