Saturday, October 27, 2012

Book Review -- "The Twelve" by Justin Cronin

4 starts out of 5
"The Twelve" by Justin Cronin

genre:  post-apocalyptic with some vampires thrown in
(but not your typical vampire)

OK. I really, really loved the first book, so much so it's one of my top favorites ever.

However, the second book left me a little confused and constantly flipping back to see where I was and who was who.

I should have done several things before reading this book -- one, reread "The Passage" immediately before "The Twelve". Two, NOT bought this on Kindle so I would have a place to write things down and keep up with the flow of characters. And three, not try to read it when I was on heavy pain killers AND Valium.

That being said, I can say that while I occasionally got lost, and sometimes wondered who was on what side, and what the point was on a few thing (like why DID the government want to get rid of the Last Stand in Denver dude????) I truly enjoyed it. I needed that suspension of belief and I like a post-apocalyptic story. I'm going to blame my confusion on my reading circumstances on on the "2nd book in a trilogy" syndrome -- it doesn't quite tie things up while it introduces things the author can't dig into QUITE yet.

Over the holidays I'll probably reread both books again. He's a heck of a writer.


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1 comment:

  1. I look forward to reading this. I had it from the library, but that was the week I had to go to Los Angeles, so I never got a chance to read it. (My mom read it, though - at least we got some use out of that library book).


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