I received The Twelve as an ARC through the Goodreads – First Reads program. Yes, I squealed a little when I got the email confirmation. I really liked The Passage and wanted to see where The Twelve took us.
Once again, it was a very enjoyable book with a lot of positives. It wasn’t quite up to the level of The Passage but I still think it’s a 4-star read.
What I loved (minor spoilers):
– We got to see more of Amy and Peter. I’d love to know where these two are headed and cannot wait for book 3 (which BETTER give me an answer.)
– Surprisingly, I liked the update on Grey (after the first book I really didn’t expect to read any more about him.)
– The Dee/Voorhees/Tifty triangle – this was just a small part of the book but it worked for me.
– Sara – she may be one of my favorite characters.
Things that make you go “meh”:
– Alicia’s story. There were times I felt her pain (she went through a lot) but I just didn’t connect with her as much as some of the others. And, for some reason, the description of her horse and their relationship was a little weird (Note to authors: talking about a horse’s tongue is just gross.)
– “Sergio” – this storyline was missing something for me.
The bad and the ugly (may include major spoilers):
– Lila. When she showed up I was surprised but when the bigger reveal happened later in the book (what she became and what she did as a result), I called it well before. I just have a very hard time believing that a woman who’s been strong enough to go through medical school, marriage/losing child/divorce/re-marriage/pregnancy, etc. is going to go CRAZY (and, for Lila as written, crazy is a nice way of putting it.)
– The first few pages of the book – HUH? I don’t have a problem with religion or spirituality being part of a book but this seemed to be out of left field and it was weird. Yes, the number twelve has religious overtones – twelve disciples, etc. and I’m starting to see where this is headed but it should have had more of a basis in the first book. And, Amy’s transformation at the end seemed very biblical.
– Time jumps. When we went back in time to catch up with some of the minor characters from book one, it was a very “What the Heck” moment for me. Not at all what I expected and a little confusing for a good portion of the book.
A very good read and if you enjoyed The Passage I think you will like The Twelve. Just be prepared – it’s probably not what you are expecting. Regardless, I am counting the days until book 3.