The excitement continues for Justin Cronin fans. The Twelve is the next book in The Passage trilogy – and the release date is October 16, 2012!!! See the cover and up-to-date info at EW.
I am as big a fan of never leaving a world I enjoy as much as the next dude/dudette. After all, I was thrilled that the Harry Potter series stretched on for seven lengthy volumes. But I feel I must address my concerns over this particular trilogy.
Sure, the first book was a knockout. There’s a lot of literary bents in there that slow the pacing down a bit, but all-in-all a fun read. I can even see where the second book would be fantastic. An epic sequel. At the end of the first one, Cronin hints at where he’s going.
But a third book?
Right now I’m not seeing it. That makes me nervous.
Partly because I like to be the know-it-all intuitive reader that can tell all my friends where an author is going before any of us read it. (They hate me for that–Harry Potter was a trial, particularly for my husband, until that seventh book came out.)
Partly because I’m scared of a long, drawn-out story with no foreseeable end. From the first sentence of the first book we understand that Amy lives to be 1,000 years old. An ungodly, or rather godly, long time. When you think of it that way, it’s a miracle that the series would be only three books long. The length makes me worry that the author doesn’t have an end in mind.
In my opinion, if the author does not end a piece strong, then the story–no matter how world-wallowingly-happy we are while we’re in it–didn’t work. There has to be some pay off. Something to tie it off.
So there’s my concern. However, because The Passage was so awesome, and because he’s ended his other two novels in a satisfying way (though the literary style may not work as well with The Passage) I’m definitely picking up the next book.
Aside from Harry Potter (which is, of course, a granted and may not be besmirched in my presence), what other lengthy series have had satisfying endings for you?
Jenny writes dark fiction that her mother hates. Her stories and essays have appeared in Across the Margin, Pantheon, Shimmer, Black Denim Lit, Skive, and others. When she’s not writing her own stuff, she’s reading mysteries for Criminal Element. When she’s not writing fiction or reviews, she’s writing/directing/performing/designing plays at Springs Ensemble Theatre.