If you haven’t read Justin Cronin’s The Passage, which is the first installment of this book series, then you should skip this review and go read it immediately! You’ll thank me later.
This novel continues where The Passage left off and further follows the characters Amy, Peter, and Alicia as they continue in their quest to find and eliminate the Twelve and their viral horde. Sara, Michael, Hollis are also back in the second part of the story and play a more significant role in this installment.
We are also introduced to several new characters both bad and good, who not only play a major part in this story, but some of them will be a major factor in the next novel. I loved this novel as much, if not more, than the first and I for one cannot wait to read the next chapter in this story. The Twelve is a post-vampire apocolyptic tale that follows a group of survivors as they try to find and destroy the Twelve, who are made up of twelve death row inmates who traded their lives to become part of a Government experiment which tested the effects of a vampiric blood strain found in a small South American jungle. The results of this testing and the ensuing escape of the Twelve brought about the end of humanity as we know it, and any human who is turned by one of the Twelve become instantly linked with the one who turned them.
This book, for me, is like taking Stephen King’s The Stand, and mixing it with Chuck Hogan and Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain, to create a completely new and captivating story. Once you get into the story you don’t want to put it down. I highly recommend this novel as well as his first novel, The Passage to anyone who loves great fiction. Read and enjoy!