The Passage left me gasping for air. It was one of those books that prove why reading is such an amazing experience and was one of my favourite books of 2010 and I have been dying for the sequel for two years.
The Passage was part of a planned trilogy and The Twelve is book two. Sequels can be tricky things, more so in trilogies. Book two is never going to pack the same punch as the first book as it can’t catch you by surprise as much, particularly with a book dealing with vampires and the end of the world. It is also setting up book 3 so invariably the story won’t reach a conclusion but leave you hanging for more. But Cronin pulls it off brilliantly. Everything about this was amazing: the story, the world building, the twists – all freakin’ amazing once again.
I don’t want to spoil The Twelve for anybody and if you haven’t read The Passage you really should (go on you can even download it right now!). But I will say The Twelve wasn’t the sequel I was expecting. Cronin doesn’t pick up where he left off at the end of The Passage but instead goes back to the beginning to introduce a new strand to the story. This works great as a refresher and a reader may even be able to read The Twelve first (but I wouldn’t do that). However I was itching to find out about what happened to the characters at the end of The Passage so I was a little thrown at first before settling into a whole new story arc that opens up the world Cronin has built, destroyed and rebuilt. The Twelve is also much darker than The Passage as humanity competes with the virals over who can be more evil. The new story does catch up with The Passage’s arc and beyond and while there may not be as many gasping for air moments (there are still a lot) Cronin still manages to blow your mind on a number of occasions and of course leave you utterly hanging for book 3 after an absolutely epic finale.
Publishing status: Not Yet Published
Author: CRONIN JUSTIN
Publication date: 16/10/2012