The Twelve by Justin Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I found this harder to get into then "The Passage", lots of new characters introduced and jumps around a lot between past and present, and if you haven't read "The Passage" you will be lost as it refers frequently to events and relationships in the previous book.
Hollis has turned into a criminal and works for Tifty Lamount. We eventually discover that Tifty is a friend of Lucius Greer (who is now a prisoner because he went with Peter and Amy in "The Passage").
Alicia (who is turning into a viral due to the bite she received in "The Passage") is sent to investigate a mysterious outpost of humans. She is only suppose to observe but when she sees prisoners about to be executed she intervenes and is taken prisoner.
Peter and Michael are reunited on the oil fields. Peter is escorting the oilers back to Kerrville when they are attacked by humans, including a mysterious woman. When the human attackers release virals into the skirmish most of the "oil party" is taken prisoner or killed. Peter, Michael and Lore (Michael's girlfriend) escape. When they return to Kerrville they discover that Lucius Greer has escaped and disappeared with Amy. Colonel Gunnar Apgar tells Peter (off the record) about the mysterious outpost, Alicia's secret orders and encourages him to use his friendship with Hollis to get him to introduce him to Tifty and gain his help reaching the outpost.
Sarah has been at the mysterious outpost for 5 years and has given birth to Hollis' daughter there. Red Eyes (humans who have drunk the blood of virals in order to extend their lives) and Cols (human collaborators) have raided human settlements to provide slave labor and "food" for the virals. Sarah joins the insurgents along with Eustace and Nina (Tifty's daughter).
The Twelve minus Babcock who was killed in "The Passage" plan to retreat to the "outpost" where the Red Eyes will protect them while the human population has a chance to rebound. The virals are in danger of starving since they have killed so many humans. Alicia, Greer, Amy, Peter, Hollis, Michael and the Insurgents will work together to kill "The Twelve" and rescue their friends and family.
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