Our look at what should be some of next year’s best books continues with Justin Cronin’s The Twelve.
For me, Justin Cronin’s The Passage (pictured here) was one of the biggest surprises of 2010: a vampire apocalypse horror novel that found its way from the “genre ghetto” to the bestseller list. It was compulsively readable, a big book that starts out with you wondering how you’ll ever find time to read it all and ends with you finishing the last page and wondering how it all went by so fast. The Passage turned me into a vampire of sorts, or at least had me keeping a vampire’s hours. I was up with Cronin’s epic until the wee hours; bleary-eyed, bloodshot and hiding from the sun. Suffice it to say that I’m looking forward to its sequel (and the second book in a planned trilogy), The Twelve:
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?
Note: there’s not a final cover available for The Twelve. We’ll share it as soon as we have it!