Cannonball Read IV

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taralovesbooks’ #CBR4 Review #51: The Twelve by Justin Cronin


Cannonball Read IV: Book #51/52
Published: 2012
Pages: 568
Genre: Post-apocalyptic/Horror

The Passage was actually one of my favorite books that I read last year. It had a few downfalls, but overall I really enjoyed it. The Twelve is the second book in a soon-to-be trilogy and it didn’t disappoint.

I was a little worried because The Passage was so intricate and had a large group of characters that I had a hard time following at times. I like to read a book series all at once otherwise I tend to forget plot lines and characters. The most genius thing in this book was the prologue that summed up everything that happened in the first book. I probably would have been a lot more lost without it.

Read the rest in my blog.

ElLCoolJ’s #CBR4 review #6: The Passage: Justin Cronin

Ahhhhh Sequels… best left for 1980’s movies and preteen books. I am not usually a fan of sequels or trilogies (except all 5 of the books in the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy) but I’m at ease saying that I’m sucked into this one.

It goes without saying that The Twelve by Justin Cronin is a sequel to The Passage. You have to read the first one, and if you liked it this one will not disappoint. The format is similar to the original, in that there are a few different timelines. The first “story” takes place right after the virals (they don’t use the word vampire, but that’s what they are, not sparkly or cape swishing, but savage monster) start taking over America. There are a couple sets of survivors that pull together to survive. It is the usual mix of a few kids, ex-military, pastor, old school teacher, gangster wannabe all driven around by an autistic school bus driver. Throw in there one of the original guards from the Project NOAH (the vampire making top secret government project) who holds the clue to the virals. He is being tracked by one of the bureaucrats from the DC office of NOAH. Oh yeah, Amy is somewhere too.

Jump to 80ish years later and we are following a farm community in the post-apocalyptic era. A couple of families leave the compound for a picnic. It happens to be the day of an eclipse and well… shit hits the fan.

Jump to 20ish years later , which is 5 years after The Passage ends. Peter and Lish are still in the Expedition tracking down the original 12 virals. Things don’t quite work out and Peter gets demoted back to the protecting the oil route. This is really just an excuse for Cronin to show how humanity has pieced together a life after the cushy life we 21 century couch potatoes are used to.  There are cities, governments, slums complete with an acceptable criminal fringe. They managed to keep the oil rigs on the Gulf Coast of Texas running and use that for fuel for their trucks and energy. There is some environmental damage, but that is glossed over, and the story continues. Oh yeah, Amy is there.

There is another community out there, that is not so good.

Read the rest of the awesome review here… complete with a bonus cover.

Valyruh’s #CBR4 Review #77 & 78: Bloodring and Host by Faith Hunter

There is such a flood of post-apocalyptic fantasy out there that I thought I’d take a look and see what all the fuss is about. I found Bloodring among the library freebies and thought the premise interesting and began to read. Unfortunately, I discovered too late that this is a trilogy and was only able to get access to the first and third books of the series. Nonetheless, I think between the two novels, Bloodring and Host, I gave the genre a fair shake and can honestly say that this is not my cup of tea.

Hunter can write fairly well and has a vivid imagination, to be sure. She also has the most mixed-up and confused plot I think I’ve ever come across. In a nutshell, the future earth has been subjected to a war of annihilation by a race of Seraphs (aka the High Host), who are either avenging angels conducting a purge of mankind on the authority of God or are aliens from another time and/or place, trying to take over the planet. It’s never quite clear. In the aftermath of the war, which has left the Earth in a new ice age, children were born with special gifts surfacing at puberty. These “mages,” seen initially as witches by human survivors, are confined to enclaves where they are licensed to practice their varied crafts in isolation from humans. Evil—in various and sundry forms—has been subdued temporarily, but is gaining strength and allies and threatening to burst anew upon the scene. The Seraphs continue to hover over everything, watching and keeping their distance….sort of.

The main protagonist of the trilogy is Thorn St. Croix, a stone mage with the unique ability to hear the thoughts of all other mages simultaneously. To protect her from going insane, her mentor smuggles her out of her childhood enclave and into a distant human town, where she works—unlicensed and therefore under threat of death if discovered—as a jeweler with a strange collection of partners who turn out to be only semi-human themselves. Thorn seems to be fated as the savior of everyone—and that includes humans, mages, and the High Host—and both novels boil down to a non-stop series of intense and terrifying battles of Thorn and her allies vs. evil spawn of every description, with a few connecting chapters that tend to center around Thorn going into heat (yes, heat, like an animal!) every time she’s around a Seraph or its ilk. Enough said.

The series is heavily overlaid with religious references, and at first I thought there was some profound philosophizing going on about heaven, hell and the existence of God, but by the time I had finished the second book, I had decided that author Hunter either thinks she is creating some new kind of post-apocalyptic fantasy genre for Christians, or she’s exploiting the Christian overtones for more commercial purposes. In either case, I think she needs to go back to the drawing board, strip out about 50% of the extraneous characters she peoples her novels with, and get a clearer handle on the message she is trying to send out to her readers. Because, let me tell you, this was one mighty confused reader by the end.

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