Friday, August 30, 2013
The Twelve by Justin Cronin
There are a myriad of strong characters who develop in so many different ways. I'm not a fan of spoilers, so that might be a bit vague. This is a post-apocalyptic wonder featuring a man-made plague with horrific ramifications. No, it's not zombies this time. Although fictional, THE TWELVE reads so very real that you are immersed in a future almost palpable. Can humans survive this new world, or will something else take over? Do we even want to survive?
Moving forward in time, each section is broken up much like a history book. I appreciated the organization, as sometimes authors tend to jump all over the place. Each timeline has its own characters and setting, which eventually weave into one the further along you go. There is a feeling that everything is connected, even if some things are left up to chance.
The characters, oh the characters! I can still feel them around me like ghosts of people I once knew. Getting to know where they came from and what drive each one really pulls the story along. There are families and strong bonds forged in the midst of destruction and chaos. Each one is so hopelessly, brilliantly human.
I have been waiting for a new series to wow me. I have found a new favorite author! Happy reading.