Description In his internationally bestselling and critically acclaimed novel The Passage, Justin Cronin constructed an unforgettable world transformed by a government experiment gone horribly wrong. Now the scope widens and the intensity deepens as the epic story surges forward with The Twelve. In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights. One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price.
The Passage - series - Staff Choice by Iris A co-worker suggested wrapping the first part of the series as a Blind Book Date. Reading descriptions of the plot got me so excited that I finally decided to pick up the book for myself, and I absolutely LOVED it. I immediately followed it up with part two and only had to wait three short months (instead of three years, like those who followed the series from the start) for the final part. This series is everything I could ever want from a post-apocalyptic tale: it is both the epic “save-the-world-from-doom” narrative AND the personal story of a small group of individuals. There are different timelines, with everything being explained it its own time, and an intricate cast of characters that really carry the story. I almost wish I could go back and start again.