Release Date: First published October 16, 2012 / Audio unabridged edition released October 16, 2012 by Random House Audio
Pages: 568 (Hardcover) / Audio Length: Approx 27 hours
Narrator: Scott Brick
Source: Library Borrow
Genre: Fantasy/Post Apocalyptic/Dystopia/Horror
Review Date: February 19, 2014
Rating: 4 bookmarks
Synopsis: 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?
The Twelve essentially picks up 5 years after The Passage. The Twelve refers to the twelve original virals, the death-row-inmate subjects turned-virals from the blood of Zero during "Project Noah". To save the world, all twelve must be eliminated.
Peter and Alicia are still hunting down the remaining eleven virals, Amy has settled in a community, Sara and Hollis both find themselves in an unfortunate situations. As we learn about the current status of the surviving first colony characters, Cronin also give us several flashback scenes of the weeks immediately following the viral outbreak. In between we see what has happened to those characters during the past five years Along with the flashbacks, we meet a whole lot of new characters all from various places, who also have their roles to play.
This installment was a crazy ride to say the least. There are many ups and downs and I felt bad for some of the characters at certain points. Not to give anything away, but Sara really went through hell in this book thanks to the Homeland...What's the Homeland? Let's just call it, hell on earth.