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'The Twelve' by Justin Cronin

Book Club Discussion Questions


The Twelve by Justin Cronin

The Twelve by Justin Cronin

Ballantine Books
The Twelve by Justin Cronin is the second book in an apocalyptic trilogy that began in 2010 with The Passage. The last book in the series, City of Mirrors will be released in 2014. The first two books in the series were long, and easiest read in quick succession to make connecting storylines easier. If you need a refresher on the questions and themes raised in the first book before diving into the second, check out these book club questions on The Passage.

  • The Twelve was released in October 2012
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • 589 pages

Spoiler Warning: These book club questions contain important details about The Twelve. Finish the book before reading on.

  1. How would you compare The Passage with The Twelve?
  2. Did you enjoy the introduction of the new characters? If so, who was your favorite?
  3. What new villain was the most frightening to you? Why?
  4. What did you make of Wolgast’s and Lila’s inclusions in The Twelve?
  5. What do you think happened to Amy? What do you think Alicia has become?
  6. How would you describe Cronin’s view of humanity in how it has responded to the apocalypse?
  7. Is militaristic or totalitarian control the only way to deal with mass population in such a state of crisis? Why or why not?
  8. What do you think is in store for the remaining characters and the future of the world in Cronin’s epic?
  9. Why do you think Cronin would title his final book in the trilogy, The City of Mirrors?
  10. Rate The Twelve 1 to 5.

If your group is interested in other dark vampire trilogies, check out The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan and the two follow up books, The Fall and The Night Eternal. These books look at the vampire problem as a biological strain while staying true to ancient legend.

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