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The end of the world was only the beginning. A government experiment gone horribly wrong has transformed the world into a post-apocalyptic, chaotic battle against vampiric creatures. Infection and violence run rampant, replacing the structure and safety of society. Justin Cronin’s The Twelve: Book Two of the Passage Trilogy follows the continuing struggles of humanity’s survivors. In the present day, three strangers – Lila, Kittridge, and April – are desperate to find solace from the chaos around them. A hundred years in the future, Amy and the other characters from The Passage attempt to hunt down the original 12 “virals.” The Passage was named one of the Ten Best Novels of the Year by Time and Library Journal, and one of the Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post,Esquire, and NPR. Entertainment Weekly calls The Passage “magnificently unnerving.” Cronin is an internationally bestselling author who won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Stephen Crane Prize for his novel Mary and O’Neil. He earned his MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop. He teaches English at Rice University and lives with his family in Houston, Texas.