The Sequel to THE PASSAGE is Titled THE TWELVE

As I’ve mentioned before, I loved Justin Cronin’s The Passage, and it’s one of the books I recommended most in 2010. Recently someone asked me, “So when does the sequel come out?” Good question! So I did a little digging and here’s what I found:

Book 2 is called The Twelve and will be out in 2012
Book 3 is called The City of Mirrors and will be out in 2014 (source: National Post)

The most interesting (and spoilerish!) information I found about The Twelve comes from this terrific interview Cronin did with io9. Here’s what he told them about the upcoming books:

The next two books each go back to Year Zero at the outset, to reset the story, and to deal with something you didn’t see and didn’t know was as important as it was. It’s not a linear quest story, which I would find dull and plodding. With each book, you need to have the narrative terms reestablished with fresh elements. Also, if you didn’t see [a character] die, they’re not necessarily dead. There’s a big cast in the first book, and plenty of unresolved stuff. I will resolve it by the end. [Early vampire character] Anthony Carter? No, not abandoning him.

In second book, you go back to what happened in Denver after the outbreak took place. The story will resume in that location a few days after breakout. So you can see another angle on what occurred and certain elements will affect our band of heroes 100 years in the future. It will be called The Twelve – and it’s not who you think.

Wow, there’s a lot of good information in that interview. I’m surprised to see that The Twelve won’t pick up where The Passage left off. However, I can see how if he once again uses reports from the “Third Global Conference on the North American Quarantine Period” it will be easy to reset the story. I’m also wondering what the title “The Twelve” refers to if it’s not who we think. Hmmm…

So are you excited for The Twelve? What do you think of these spoilers?

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  • Meg Roberts

    I’m still number 200-something on the library wait list for The Passage (I requested it the day it came out). At this rate, I might get to read it before the sequel comes out in 2012…

    • Sandie

      Oh wow, number 200! And it’s a pretty long book too. Maybe you should sign up at multiple libraries :) Hope you get to read it soon though, it’s really good.

    • Rstone8

      OMG, number 200? I got this one right away in RI from the library. Hope you get it soon!! They need to send some more money to your library system!!

    • Gizza Gazza

      Meg, try requesting the book on CD. I just finished listening to it (29 cds total) and the actor who narrated it was fantastic. I listened on my commute to work. Perhaps there will be less of a wait for the book on CD at your library….. 

    • Quinn1022

      how about you just go buy it……………

  • Sandie

    I can’t believe we’re going to have to wait until 2012 to read the rest. I’m going to forget what happened in Book 1. However I am so excited about what Justin Cronin teased about the upcoming book. It sounds really great!

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  • Jørgen

    2012? What a comedown! I might be dead by then. Or maybe I’ll have turned into a viral? In which case I shall be disembowling Justin Cronin rather than reading his books. Which again would be a pity, seeing how I’m looking forward to the sequels. Anyway, that’ll teach him the consequences of slowness [insert hissing, viraly sound here].

    Jørgen, Denmark

    • Anonymous

      Jørgen – your comment is cracking me up :) We might all be virals by 2012, lol.

  • Rstone8

    The only thing I can think of that would refer to The Twelve would be ??? And what about Fanning? Zero, the one who is behind and below and above or something like that…how many are in the band of heroes? However, they were not born then…hmmm..

  • Snazz

    I have nearly finished reading The Passage for the second time – gearing myself up for The Twelve – I live in New Zealand so it will probably be quite some time after the actual release date in the US :(

    • Crystal

      Hello?  EBAY!!