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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Look for a special preview of Justin Cronin’s The City of Mirrors in the back of the book.

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 . . .
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 Trade Paperback edition.

Book Reviews

The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy)
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4.4 / 5
The twelve
April 3rd, 2014
Great read. I can't wait to find book 3.
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The 12
November 11th, 2013
Wow! This is great series that doesn't sugar coat anything, worth the read
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October 21st, 2013
Few books have captivated me the way The Passage and this book have. The characters, the story, a world in ruins all blended into something so exciting and puzzling.
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Complex, long, yet gratifying
August 19th, 2013
Complex, long, yet gratifying as the story unfolds. Good, but not great as The Passage. So many characters to remember, I had to use Wiki as a reference point. (Realized after finishing the book, there's a handy list of characters at the end of the book). Very gratifying when it all comes together though, good story line, and now I can't wait for the conclusion of the trilogy.
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April 1st, 2013
I found it a bit hard to follow sometimes, because of all the names ans stories, but I simply LOVE it and I can't wait until the third book is out! If you read the first book, do not hesitate on starting this one NOW!
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