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Meme: Musing Mondays (November 5)

November 5, 2012 4 comments

The weekly Musing Mondays question of the week (via the Should Be Reading blog) is:

What is the most recent book you purchased, or brought home from the local library? What made you pick it? Have you started reading it, right away, or will you wait for a bit?

Justin Cronin’s The Passage: A Novel ended on a cliff-hanger that just about left me dying, so I’ve been waiting for his sequel ever since! 😉 I was afraid it was going to take the author forever to write the second book, but no, The Twelve (Book Two of The Passage Trilogy): A Novel came out right on schedule just this October! The Kindle edition costs $12.99, but I’m willing to shell out more money for a fave author.

I actually started reading it immediately (and it’s really good!), but I stopped around the 75% mark. Just a stupid reason, one of my fave characters landed herself in a dodgy situation, and I couldn’t bear to read on (just in case she bites it or something). Mr Cronin has killed a fair bit of his characters, so… I’m expecting the worst! I started reading it again yesterday (thankfully, the action shifted to a different character, so I’m still happily in the dark about said character).

Here’s the product description!

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 . . .

THE TWELVE

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.

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