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The Twelve
The Twelve | Justin Cronin
"NEW YORK TIMES" BESTSELLER The end of the world was only the beginning. 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. A heart-stopping thriller rendered with masterful literary skill, "The Twelve" is a grand and gripping tale of sacrifice and survival. Praise for "The Twelve" "[A] literary superthriller."--"The New York Times Book Review"" " "An undeniable and compelling epic . . . a complex narrative of flight and forgiveness, of great suffering and staggering loss, of terrible betrayals and incredible hope."--Milwaukee" Journal Sentinel" ""The Twelve "is even better than "The Passage.""--"The Plain Dealer" "A compulsive read.""--San Francisco Chronicle" "Gripping . . . Cronin [introduces] eerie new elements to his masterful mythology. . . . Enthralling, emotional and entertaining.""--The San Diego Union-Tribune"" " "Fine storytelling."--Associated Press "Cronin is one of those rare authors who works on two different levels, blending elegantly crafted literary fiction with cliff-hanging thrills."--"Fort Worth Star-Telegram" "From the Hardcover edition."
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Vanessa
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Read the last third of the book in a dead sprint today. SO good — I think even better than the first one.

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Vanessa
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Last book was a no, returning to a trilogy that I know is a YAAAASSSS for me. I ❤️ Alicia!!

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OnlyYoo
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The second book in trilogies are usually meh compared to the first. But I liked The Twelve so much I couldn‘t put the book down. The series is basically the walking dead but with vampires. What more could you ask for?

Severnmeadows Too scary for me!😀 4mo
OnlyYoo @Severnmeadows lol 😂 4mo
The_Old_Astronomer Using our dog for cheap likes, I see 😜 4mo
OnlyYoo @The_Old_Astronomer I‘m not too proud to exploit my dog 😂 4mo
Erofan Cutie 🐕❤ 2mo
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Enjoyed it. Took me longer than I wanted to read but that was myself being tired after work and not the book (not easy sometimes to pick up a book after being up since 4 am). Ready for the final book to be available for pick up at my library.

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Ingerella
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Thanks so much @mitch for the #completetheseries giveaway and congrats on your milestone!

There are 3 series I would like to work on completing this year. I very much want to read The Twelve, which is the second of The Passage Trilogy. Also on my list is Iron Gold, book 4 of the Red Rising series. Last on my list is A God in Ruins, the sequel to Life After Life.

So many series, so little time!

Mitch I hear you! I‘ve just started watching The Passage on TV..have you seen it? 6mo
Ingerella @Mitch I started it but liked the book so much better I stopped watching it. It takes A LOT for a TV show to hold my attention these days and even this one wasn't able to do it. I hope you enjoy it! 6mo
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Sammidnightsun
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So good

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BookNerd9906
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I love a surprise #bookmap mid story. ❤️❤️❤️

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BookNerd9906
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Perfect way to spend the snow day. I‘ve heard the second one is even better than the first. Does anyone have a favorite?

Kimberlone @BookNerd9906 nice! I just started the third book last night 6mo
BookNerd9906 @Kimberlone can‘t wait to hear what you think! 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Stayed up way too late to finish this book, but it was well worth it. While there were weak points in this book (too many POV characters), I really enjoyed how this book expanded the story and connected some unexpected plot lines. Getting to read the story of the “Last Stand in Denver” (only referenced in book 1) and see Amy‘s development was especially satisfying. Now onto the 3rd and final installment, which I picked up at the library yesterday!

TheBookKeepers The multiple POV stressed me out lol but I still enjoyed the series! I always said it‘d make a perfect tv series tho bc of that! And babaamm, I think season 1 just started airing! Lol 6mo
Kimberlone @TheBookKeepers my problem with multiple POVs is I always just want the story to get back to my favorite characters! 6mo
TheBookKeepers Haha yes!! 6mo
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Reggie I read this a couple of years ago and never read the 3rd one but I do remember crying at work because of what happens to the guy from Denver and the little brother, having his storyline from Afghanistan come full circle. Ughh. Also, the guy who drives the bus, I remember his story. I loved the first halves of the first 2 books. It was the future where he lost me. Good luck with the 3rd!! 6mo
Kimberlone @Reggie no shame I teared up so many times during this book! 6mo
TrishB @Reggie I liked the 3rd best! The ending is just right. 6mo
Reggie @TrishB get away from me you book temptress!! Lol, alright, I‘ll give it a shot. 6mo
TrishB @Reggie 😁😘 6mo
sprainedbrain I love this series so much! I agree with @TrishB that the ending is perfect. ❤️ 6mo
TrishB @sprainedbrain I don‘t always need a perfect ending! But this definitely had one. 6mo
Kimberlone @sprainedbrain @TrishB I am so glad to hear you thought the ending was satisfying. I have been very nervous that I will be disappointed! 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Monday is my Sunday, so spending my last night before going back to work with a #bookandbath

About halfway through now!

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Kimberlone
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“Last Stand in Denver”

BookNerd9906 ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
BookNerd9906 Just started this one today! 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Finally starting my weekend!

trioxin_sematary 🖤🖤 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Yay for #bookmail! Now I need to get started on this because my bf has had a week‘s head start while I was waiting for my copy from Amazon!

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trioxin_sematary
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Never actually owned this book but I loved it!!

In fact the first two books in this trilogy are 10/10!

The third book...well..not so much. 😕

Anyway...snatched this up for $2 while book shopping with bae @meghan2714 😙

TrishB I loved the third one 🤷‍♀️ thought the ending was great! 7mo
Reagan-reads I just started The Passage last night, it‘s my new bedtime book. 7mo
BookNerd9906 Yay. Just started this today. Been watching the series on Fox too. 6mo
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Kimberlone
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Hoping this arrives sooner than the Amazon estimate! Can‘t wait to continue with this series.

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Bookladylinda
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My last book for 2018. I did a reread before I start City of Mirrors.

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imabusybee
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Trying to get a few more pages in

4thhouseontheleft Are those nutcracker leggings? 💙💙💙 8mo
imabusybee @4thhouseontheleft Mens pajamas. I had to have them! 8mo
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Really Monster I was gone for one minute.

Balibee146 Kitty has been like this for 55 seconds already 😂😂 8mo
DGRachel My dog does the same thing! 8mo
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imabusybee
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Now some quiet time

JillR I love these books :) 8mo
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Ncostell
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I can‘t believe that I am loving this series as this is totally out of my wheelhouse. I loved The Passage and thought this was just as good, catching up with characters from the last book while meeting some new ones. It was a few months since I had read The Passage so I needed to refer back to it a bit. I think I may jump right into City of Mirrors soon so I don‘t lose my momentum.

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KtheBookwyrm
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A continuation of Amy‘s story, and all of the survivors of the viral outbreak. We get a glimpse at some of the characters‘ history, which all comes into play by the end. Looking forward to finally getting the third book and finishing this story.

Minervasbutler Book three is the best! 11mo
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Ncostell
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After spending the day doing laundry, cleaning the house and running errands I‘m going to put my feet up and start The Twelve. It‘s been a few months since I‘ve read The Passage but hopefully I can dive back in quickly!

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KtheBookwyrm
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So I forgot to post about these! I‘m finally getting around to finishing up the last book in this series, which means a reread of the first 2 since I remember next to nothing about them. Over halfway through the 2nd one and then I‘ll have to wait for the 3rd to come in at the library. So good, just as good as I remembered them being.

Owlizabeth I started The Passage for the same reason, but didn‘t get it finished before the new school year started and just don‘t have the time. Next summer! 11mo
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madamereadsalot1
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#agameoffavorites day 4, local author! While not native to Houston, he's called Houston home now for over a decade. His Passage trilogy is one of my favorites, but The Twelve is my favorite book from the series. He's stated that his most influential books, and some of his favorite, are Lonsome Dove and 1984. I also love 1984!

@ErinSueG @WhiskeyMistress

trioxin_sematary Love these books!! 😍👌 13mo
Guildedearlobe The books were amazing. A bit skeptical if they can pull off the tv series but we‘ll see. 13mo
madamereadsalot1 @trioxin_sematary they're some of the most well crafted books I've had the privilege to read! They're only second best dystopian, after Maddaddam trilogy! 13mo
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madamereadsalot1 @Guildedearlobe I am terrified by the prospect of the TV show, but also excited. And I'm equal parts horrified and intrigued by Zach Morris being Wolgast. 😆 13mo
Vansa I LOVED this series but I'm very very apprehensive about the t.v. series- the trailer looks very strange, they've removed Alicia's character - really not sure about this! 13mo
madamereadsalot1 @Vansa I'm positive that I'm going to hate it. But I always cross my fingers and hold my breath that maybe it won't be so bad, when an adaptation is done. 🤷 13mo
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Book mess, but its the best mess to have. Books make any bad day better 😍 #bookaddict #booklover #books #bookshelf

laurenlovesliterature Bless that mess...its a beautiful mess! I ain't mad atcha! ❤📚📚📚📚 13mo
MStew @laurenlovesliterature its the best mess to have !!! 13mo
ValkyrieAndHerBooks Book mess is best mess, beautiful #shelfie! 13mo
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vivastory
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Lunch break! Good timing too. Just finished my first #24in48 book. The second in Cronin's vampire trilogy.

readordierachel Looks good! 13mo
vivastory @ReadOrDieRachel I ❤calzones. 13mo
sprainedbrain I love love LOVE that series. 😍 13mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain I will definitely be reading the final one in the next few weeks! 13mo
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julia-gulia
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I loved passage and I thought it was a great stand alone book and didn't need a series. I still enjoyed twelve but I thought it wasn't really necessary

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Tashreads
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14| #readingresolutions #booksequel

Book Two of The Passage Trilogy. Can‘t wait to see what the TV adaptation will be like.

Jovy Oh I loved this book!! ❤️ 1y
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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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This was a great read, especially if you‘re into post-apocalyptic stories. It‘s not zombies in this story, though, that brings about the downfall of civilization as we know it. It‘s vampires this time around, but still just as deadly. I saw a similarity to the trajectory of The Walking Dead in this installment in the trilogy. The focus is more on the dangers of dealing with other people rather than the vampires. Highly recommended!!

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tobypfrench
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Flippin' heck.

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Jovy
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I cannot get enough of this series and I seriously, seriously love Scott Brick! I took it slow with this book because I just do not want it to end. Met new characters that touched my heart, but Wolgast will always be my favorite. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Bookladylinda Love this one! But I still need to read the last book in the trilogy 1y
Jovy @Bookladylinda Me too! I'm waiting a bit because I don't want it to end yet 😂 1y
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I think I waited too long between reading this and it‘s prequel The Passage. I was lost from the beginning; couldn‘t keep up with the timeline, the multiple characters, and their not-so-interconnected storylines.

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Must. . . go. . . to. . . sleep. . . 📖📖📖

BookaholicNatty This is my life story lol eyes hurt sooo bad but just keep going lol 1y
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Soubhiville
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Yes, I‘m definitely going to have a book hangover from this one. Wow.

If you‘re into long series (well, trilogies) and post apocalyptic vampires sound fun to you, and you enjoy some kind of brutal gore and deep character development, get your hands on The Passage and get started on these now!

I need a little break, but I‘m glad City of Mirrors is on my shelf! Soon I‘ll see you again my friends!

Soubhiville Alicia- “say her name!” Ugh, yeah! That was amazing! 2y
BeckyMerilatt Loved this series. Wish I had been able to read them back to back. I read them as they came out. I‘ll have to revisit them someday. 2y
intothehallofbooks I‘ve been seriously thinking about starting this series soon! I‘ve been wanting a long series plus I‘ve been wanting to read vampire stories lately (😳😜). Sounds like this may be the series for me. (edited) 2y
Bookzombie I‘m going to finish this trilogy this year. I read The Passage when it first came out, but haven‘t read the last two yet. May have to do a reread of The Passage on audio as a refresher. 2y
Hooked_on_books I read The Passage shortly after it came out and LOVED it. I was actually mildly disappointed by The Twelve. I think City Of Mirrors was a solid ending to the series. It‘s a little different than the other two and some didn‘t like it, but it worked for me. 2y
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Soubhiville
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My snow day plans! Took Sietje out for her first snow experience, and she did not enjoy it. That‘s ok with me! Let‘s enjoy it from inside, wrapped in blankets, with a scary book!

For those who‘ve read this, how would you categorize it? At first I thought sci-fi/fantasy, but now I‘m leaning more towards horror. Or has post apocalyptic become it‘s own category? I‘m just not sure. Whatever it is, I sure do love it!
#Foedrick #Igor #Sietje

Oryx I think post apocalyptic sums it up. 2y
AmyG I would say post apocalyptic, too. 2y
Dragon I agree with @Oryx and @AmyG - post apocalyptic ( a favourite genre) 2y
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SandyW I read the trilogy and loved it. I agree with the other commenters @Oryx @AmyG @dragon and vote for post apocalyptic as the genre 2y
GlassAsDiamonds Looking at that snow, I just want to put jumpers on your cats..🤦🏻‍♀️ Puff will be very anti-jumper on their behalf... 2y
Soubhiville @GlassAsDiamonds they HATE wearing clothes. The only time I make them is if we have to go to the vet in the winter. Otherwise we just keep the house warm and they like to be wrapped in blankets. Also, now I‘m going to stalk your feed for photos of Puff 😊 2y
GlassAsDiamonds 😂😂😂 Puff HATES clothes too. When I make her wear them, she will walk around like they‘re made of lead and just sooooo heavy....or fall dramatically to her side then stay there...🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 2y
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Soubhiville
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#LitsyPartyOfOne for 3 please 🐱🐶🧑
Yes this one is as good as The Passage!

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻 2y
jillannjohn Love your reading buddies! 2y
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Soubhiville
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My first #chunkster of the year! #yearofthechunkster

DebbieGrillo Love that mug! 2y
shahn77 I love this series! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto Great choice! This series is probably my favorite. 2y
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AceOnRoam
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12 Hours to go until midnight here!!!!
12 Months since I read this awesome book, Part 2 in The Passage series by Justin Cronin ❤

#TheTwelve
#CountdownTo2018
#ReadingOnRoam

Book_Shark Wow! It's 9:30 in the morning here! 2y
AceOnRoam Only about 3 hours to go in Australia @Book_Shark where are you located ? 2y
Book_Shark @AceOnRoam England 😇 (edited) 2y
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JillR
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I‘m really hoping to get the third book in the trilogy - City of Mirrors - for Christmas, so I‘m going for a re-read of this in hopeful anticipation! I loved, loved, loved this and The Passage before it🎅🏻

Oryx The Passage was amazing! Like this trilogy a lot 2y
zezeki I love this trilogy too, I still need to read the City of Mirrors 2y
ElishaLovesBooks I also loved this trilogy! 2y
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sprainedbrain
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I had to check my handy-dandy Goodreads, but this was my first book finished in 2017. So, so good... Gosh I love that series. ❤️

#AllTheBooksOf2017
#firstreadoftheyear

zezeki I still need to read the last book, but so far I've enjoyed it 2y
TNbookworm Me too❤❤❤ 2y
TricksyTails I loved it, too! 2y
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sprainedbrain @zeljka I finished it several months ago and still have feelings. 😂 2y
TheLibrarian I‘ve read the 1st one but not any others. Are the other two good? 2y
sprainedbrain @TheLibrarian I definitely think so. I have seen some people on Litsy saying they are too long or too wordy, but they say that about the first one too... if you liked the first, I definitely recommend the others. I was sad when I finished because it was over. 😔 2y
TheLibrarian @sprainedbrain The first one did seem a little long but I‘m curious about what will happen. Eventually I‘ll get to them on my shelf. 2y
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Verty
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Better then the first book.

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Bookgirl91
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Starting to read the twelve by Justin Cronin. A full review of lovely bones is coming but I need time to pull thoughts together

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TrishB
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Soubhiville This is waiting on my TBR! 2y
TNbookworm Me too! I love this series So much💕💕 2y
minkyb One of my favorites! 2y
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Reggie I never read the 3rd one but I remember thinking I liked the pre-apocalypse stories more than I liked the post apocalyptic part of the first 2. 2y
TrishB @Reggie I liked the 3rd best and thought the ending was awesome! 2y
Oryx Such a great series! 2y
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sprainedbrain I love that series so much! ❤️ 2y
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nofutureparttwo
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Wow. I heard that Cronin's trilogy dips here in the middle, but I respectfully disagree. I have developed such deep and profound emotional relationships to these characters that, frankly, it reminds me of how I felt twenty years ago, reading Harry Potter for the first time: they have become dear friends, and I will miss them when they're finally gone. Though not without flaws, these novels are majestically human. #AllEyes

nofutureparttwo Also: I've been reading these through a combination of paper and audio, and this probably goes without saying, but Scott Brick is one of the best narrators I've ever heard. Seriously, I could listen to him read the phone book and it would probably bring me to tears. 2y
Reggie I haven‘t read the 3rd one because as much as I love the first halves of the first 2 books, I absolutely dislike the set in the future second halves. But this one had me crying at work. Especially when the ex army guy found the brother while the bombs were being dropped saying, “I‘m here.” And there‘s also a special place in my heart for the slow bus driver who drives the hell out of the bus into the horde. 1y
nofutureparttwo @Reggie I know!! Had me crying at work too. This book in particular stayed with me a long time. 1y
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LeafingThroughLife
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"Because that's what heaven is. It's opening the door of a house in twilight and everyone you love is there."

sprainedbrain Gosh, I love that series. ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
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The Twelve (2012 horror novel) author Justin Cronin discusses the TV series adaptation.