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-->''"What strange places our lives can carry us to, what dark passages."''

A 2010 horror[=/=]post-apocalyptic novel by Justin Cronin, the first of a planned trilogy. ''The Twelve'' came out in October 2012 and ''The City of Mirrors'' is scheduled to come out in 2014.

The novel concerns a secret government experiment with a virus that makes [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. So far, there have been thirteen subjects: the Twelve, inmates on death row convinced to join the program in exchange for not dying, and Zero, one of the scientists that discovered the virus.

Brad Wolgast is an FBI agent assigned to finding and convincing the death row inmates to join the program - until the last subject he needed to find was Amy Harper Bellafonte, a six year old girl.

Wolgast has no choice. He has to turn her over, but as soon as he does something catastrophic happens. The Twelve escape. The virus gets loose.

Though that story is an epic in itself, it is merely the introduction to a larger conflict set decades later, following a young man named Peter Jaxon trying to make sense of himself and the world Wolgast wrought. Disaster befalls his settlement, prompting a journey that takes him across the former North American continent, searching for the truth behind the virus.

A film adaptation of the novel will be directed by Matt Reeves, who previously directed ''LetMeIn'' and ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.

The sequel, titled ''The Twelve'', continues Jaxon's story five years later with flashbacks to the time of the viral outbreak covering the story behind Wolgast's ex-wife Lila and the forebears of important characters in Jaxon's time. The threat of the viral progenitors, twelve death-row inmates and one scientist who underwent experimental treatments, looms larger and Peter Jaxon and Amy race to find a true solution to the world-ravaging virus.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Nobody likes Horace Guilder, 'Director' of the Homeland but most are too scared to do anything about it.
* AbandonedLaboratory: After the outbreak, the Colorado facility becomes this.
* AbusiveParents: A few characters have them.
** Babcock's mother put out cigarettes on him, hurt him physically and taunted him psychologically.
** Lawrence Grey endured a series of sexually abusive stepfathers and 'uncles'.
** Tifty Lamont was beaten by his drunken father to the point where bones were broken.
** Horace Guilder's father was emotionally distant and unloving.
* AccidentalMurder: Amy's mother kills a frat boy by accident.
* AchillesHeel: The virals' only weak spot is right above their breastbone. A knife or bullet anywhere else will just inconvenience them.
* ActionGirl: Alicia Donadio, Lore [=DeVeer=] and Nina.
* ActionSurvivor: Characters who don't die are forced to become this.
* AfterTheEnd: Most of the novel. The first part ("The Worst Dream of the World") takes place JustBeforeTheEnd.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Red-Eyes have all become insane, sadistic and detached from human feelings after so long under the influence of [[spoiler:Grey's]] blood.
* ApocalypticLog: A few, in the form of Auntie's books, newspaper clipping, and Dr Jonas Lear's e-mail correspondence. For some parts of the book AfterTheEnd, the POV switches to a diary Sara Fisher is keeping.
* ApocalypseHow: Either a Class 0 or a Class 1. Class 0 if the quarantine was successful, Class 1 if the virus escaped the North American continent. Largely left ambiguous.
* AnyoneCanDie: So far, [[spoiler:Cole, Paulson, Sykes, Richards, Doyle, Lear, the Colonel, Arlo, Elton, Mira, Billie, Gus, Caleb, Jude, Vorhees, Babcock, Kittridge, Nelson, Satch Dodd, Ceps, Wilkes, Guilder, Tifty, Wolgast, Martinez and all of the Twelve save for Carter and Zero.]]
* ArcWords
** ''I am Babcock''
** ''I was called Fanning''
** ''They always go home''
* ArmiesAreEvil: Played both ways. The army personnel at the Colorado Compound are a mix of sociopathic monsters and jaded suicidal types, but the Army of the Republic of Texas are mostly reasonable nice guys.
* TheAtoner: Several, most notably Lawrence Grey.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Amy and Wolgast, later Amy and Peter.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BigBad: Overall, Tim Fanning AKA Subject Zero, but there's a seperate BigBad for ThePassage and TheTwelve; Giles Babcock and Horace Guilder.
* BodyHorror: The Virals, and [[spoiler:Ignacio.]]
* CeilingCling: A favoured method of the Virals.
* AChildShallLeadThem
* ClassicalMovieVampire: The characters sort of poke fun at this when they join in when the Army soldiers have a viewing of the Bela Lugosi ''Dracula''.
* CreepyChild: Amy, for a short while.
* CreepyLongFingers: The Virals' fingers grow and extend into long, thin claws.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Many characters end up being ripped apart by Virals.
* DeadGuyJunior: Mausami's baby is named after [[spoiler:Caleb.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The book has numerous POV characters, but the ones who gain initial focus are Brad Wolgast and Lacey the nun in ''The Passage'', and Lawrence Grey and Lila in ''The Twelve''. All of them are major supporting characters, but Peter Jaxon and Amy are the ones who the story revolve around and have the most significant page-time. Interestingly, in both books, Peter is the last character to be introduced, but arguably the main protagonist.
* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters, most notably Michael, Lore, Nelson and Richards.
* DefectorFromDecadence
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: During the initial cataclysm, both California and Texas break off from the Union, causing minor civil wars. [[spoiler:The latter survives so well that 100 years later it is beginning to perform sweep-and-clear operations.]]
* DoomedHometown: The Colony where Peter was born.
* {{Doorstopper}}
* DrivenToSuicide / PsychicAssistedSuicide: How Babcock wipes out so much of the Colony.
* DyingAsYourself: Many characters adopt this attitude in the event they're infected, such as [[spoiler:Corporal Muncey]].
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Alicia and later, Amy.]]
* TheEpic: A huge amount of viewpoint characters cover the story from all sides across decades and spanning the entire continent.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When [[spoiler:Lacey]] first meets Peter, she thought he'd be taller.
* EvilFormerFriend: Richards and Skykes discuss this in relation to Fanning and Lear.
* EvilIsPetty: Many of the Homeland characters.
* FightingFromTheInside: When [[spoiler:Theo is imprisoned at Haven]] he does his best to resist Babcock's dream.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Peter Jaxon
** TheLancer: Alicia Donadio
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Fisher
** TheBigGuy: Hollis Wilson
** TheChick: Mausami Patal
** TheSixthRanger: Amy
** TheMedic: Sara Fisher
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires
* FromBadToWorse: The US of 2018 is already a WorldHalfEmpty due to a terrorist massacre in the Mall of America and the reaction to it, showing definite fascist tendencies. Then the virus hits.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Who'd have thought that [[spoiler:giving convicted murderers superhuman powers]] would be a bad idea?
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sister Lacey sets off a small nuclear bomb to kill Babcock and herself. Grey and Lila later do this to stop Guilder.]]
* HiveMind: Each of the Twelve controls all the vampires he created or that those vampires created.
* TheHorde
* HorrorHunger: Virals.
* HospitalHottie: Sara Fisher.
* HowWeGotHere: Chapter 19 starts with Peter on the wall and then jumps back in time for several chapters.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Project NOAH.
* KillItWithFire: A method of destroying Virals.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongLived: In the beginning of the book, Amy is six years old. Almost a hundred years later, they characters say that she looks fourteen. The first lines of the book call her "The Girl who Lived A Thousand Years."
* MercyKill
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Virals have mouths filled with needle-like teeth. The Twelve seem to lose their teeth and grow more with some frequency.
* MysteriousProtector
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Part of the transformation to Viral causes the genitals to...'smooth out' or otherwise become useless. This even happens to [[spoiler:Guilder and the Red Eyes.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: Fanning and Babcock's long and subtle process of influencing the minds of humans, involving showing the victims [[FakeMemories their own memories]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It's mentioned that Jenna Bush is Governor of Texas.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jude.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: Played with. In the beginning, "vampire" is used to deride the project with the virus. After the virus is let loose, people come up with various names for them - virals, smokes, jumpers - but they all admit that they are vampires.
** The point is underlined when, in the future, most viral hunters and soldiers refer to ''Dracula'' as an excellent introduction to the basics of defense against jumpers because the weaknesses detailed happen to be surprisingly accurate. Presumably, in the universe of the books, the story of Dracula was influenced by ancient reports of infected virals.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They have a mental link with each other and with the Twelve. Each of the Twelve may control a large portion of the vampires they created - Babcock controlled the Many [[spoiler:and when he died, Amy helped them to die too]]. They are very tough due to the virus changing their skin into a "protein-based exoskeleton" that is stronger than Kevlar.
* PoliceState: The 'present-day' USA has adopted increasingly fascist, Big Brother policies.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Cole]], who only appears in email correspondence and flashbacks.
* PublicExecution: Guilder has a fondness for doing this to his enemies.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Homeland is a dictatorship heavy with propaganda.
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler:The Haven and the Homeland are filled with both.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Every character who's taken some of the virus.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Lear.
* ScavengerWorld
* SealedEvilInACan: The Twelve Virals, at first.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Theo and Mausami name their child [[spoiler:Caleb.]]
* SpiderSense: The Twelve can sense each other. Babcock also seems a little concerned when he begins to sense Amy coming.
* StepfordSmiler: There's certainly something 'off' about the residents of Haven.
* SuperHumanTrafficking: The U.S. government experiments on human test subjects and plans to use the result as a weapon against its enemies.
* SurvivalHorror
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: For every one Viral you see, there are usually two you don't.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Jude, who gets shot in the face, survives and then gets two clips emptied into him before finally expiring.]]
* TimeSkip: The narrative of both books begins TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, before skipping forward a few hundred years. There's also a time skip of a few years between the books.
* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters have to.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The Haven. Later, Voorhees recalls a similar settlement.
* TrackingChip: Amy and the Twelve Virals have these.
* TraintopBattle: Most of it takes place in the train, but there are still some segments on top.
* TrueCompanions
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The book begins in 2018.
* UnusualEuphemism: 'Took the trip' for suicide, and 'taken up' for infected.
* [[ZombieApocalypse Vampire Apocalypse]]: We see part of it during "The Year of Zero" and during Auntie's journals.
* VegetarianVampire: Amy and later [[spoiler:Lacey and Alicia]] are infected with the "final" stage of the virus, which means they have no bloodlust.
* VerticalKidnapping: The Virals under Babcock's control tend to do this.
* TheVirus: A literal virus, too.
* UsedFuture: Comes with the post-apocalyptic world the characters live in.
* TheWarOnTerror: A terrorist attack on the Mall of America results in the United States adopting a number of fascist tendencies, including military checkpoints at state borders and an expanded form of the Patriot Act.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Most vampires can't stand sunlight, though some can tolerate it (both Amy and [[spoiler:Alicia later]] can travel during the day).
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Many of the characters involved with Project Noah, such as Lear and Sykes.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Peter and Alicia, Hollis and Sara [[spoiler:who do]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Lawrence Grey is a paedophile who [[spoiler:gains incredible powers and ends up indirectly allowing the Homeland to exist by keeping Guilder alive. He was also mercilessly abused by a variety of father figures after his real father killed himself. Grey found the body. He's also kept a prisoner for almost 100 years, immobile and frequently humiliated.]]
** Horace Guilder, the BigBad of The Twelve, had an emotionally abusive father and was loved by nobody, while slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease.
** Giles Babcock, the Viral who kills millions was horribly abused by his mother and sentenced to death despite clearly being too insane to be deemed responsible for his own actions.
* WouldHurtAChild: Guilder and the Virals.
* AWorldHalfFull
* YouHaveFailedMe: Guilder tends to do this to his subordinates.
* ZergRush: How the Virals tend to attack, particularly during the initial outbreak.
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-->''"What strange places our lives can carry us to, what dark passages."''

A 2010 horror[=/=]post-apocalyptic novel by Justin Cronin, the first of a planned trilogy. ''The Twelve'' came out in October 2012 and ''The City of Mirrors'' is scheduled to come out in 2014.

The novel concerns a secret government experiment with a virus that makes [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires]]. So far, there have been thirteen subjects: the Twelve, inmates on death row convinced to join the program in exchange for not dying, and Zero, one of the scientists that discovered the virus.

Brad Wolgast is an FBI agent assigned to finding and convincing the death row inmates to join the program - until the last subject he needed to find was Amy Harper Bellafonte, a six year old girl.

Wolgast has no choice. He has to turn her over, but as soon as he does something catastrophic happens. The Twelve escape. The virus gets loose.

Though that story is an epic in itself, it is merely the introduction to a larger conflict set decades later, following a young man named Peter Jaxon trying to make sense of himself and the world Wolgast wrought. Disaster befalls his settlement, prompting a journey that takes him across the former North American continent, searching for the truth behind the virus.

A film adaptation of the novel will be directed by Matt Reeves, who previously directed ''LetMeIn'' and ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}''.

The sequel, titled ''The Twelve'', continues Jaxon's story five years later with flashbacks to the time of the viral outbreak covering the story behind Wolgast's ex-wife Lila and the forebears of important characters in Jaxon's time. The threat of the viral progenitors, twelve death-row inmates and one scientist who underwent experimental treatments, looms larger and Peter Jaxon and Amy race to find a true solution to the world-ravaging virus.
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* ZeroPercentApprovalRating: Nobody likes Horace Guilder, 'Director' of the Homeland but most are too scared to do anything about it.
* AbandonedLaboratory: After the outbreak, the Colorado facility becomes this.
* AbusiveParents: A few characters have them.
** Babcock's mother put out cigarettes on him, hurt him physically and taunted him psychologically.
** Lawrence Grey endured a series of sexually abusive stepfathers and 'uncles'.
** Tifty Lamont was beaten by his drunken father to the point where bones were broken.
** Horace Guilder's father was emotionally distant and unloving.
* AccidentalMurder: Amy's mother kills a frat boy by accident.
* AchillesHeel: The virals' only weak spot is right above their breastbone. A knife or bullet anywhere else will just inconvenience them.
* ActionGirl: Alicia Donadio, Lore [=DeVeer=] and Nina.
* ActionSurvivor: Characters who don't die are forced to become this.
* AfterTheEnd: Most of the novel. The first part ("The Worst Dream of the World") takes place JustBeforeTheEnd.
* AlwaysChaoticEvil: The Red-Eyes have all become insane, sadistic and detached from human feelings after so long under the influence of [[spoiler:Grey's]] blood.
* ApocalypticLog: A few, in the form of Auntie's books, newspaper clipping, and Dr Jonas Lear's e-mail correspondence. For some parts of the book AfterTheEnd, the POV switches to a diary Sara Fisher is keeping.
* ApocalypseHow: Either a Class 0 or a Class 1. Class 0 if the quarantine was successful, Class 1 if the virus escaped the North American continent. Largely left ambiguous.
* AnyoneCanDie: So far, [[spoiler:Cole, Paulson, Sykes, Richards, Doyle, Lear, the Colonel, Arlo, Elton, Mira, Billie, Gus, Caleb, Jude, Vorhees, Babcock, Kittridge, Nelson, Satch Dodd, Ceps, Wilkes, Guilder, Tifty, Wolgast, Martinez and all of the Twelve save for Carter and Zero.]]
* ArcWords
** ''I am Babcock''
** ''I was called Fanning''
** ''They always go home''
* ArmiesAreEvil: Played both ways. The army personnel at the Colorado Compound are a mix of sociopathic monsters and jaded suicidal types, but the Army of the Republic of Texas are mostly reasonable nice guys.
* TheAtoner: Several, most notably Lawrence Grey.
* BadassAndChildDuo: Amy and Wolgast, later Amy and Peter.
* BecauseDestinySaysSo
* BigBad: Overall, Tim Fanning AKA Subject Zero, but there's a seperate BigBad for ThePassage and TheTwelve; Giles Babcock and Horace Guilder.
* BodyHorror: The Virals, and [[spoiler:Ignacio.]]
* CeilingCling: A favoured method of the Virals.
* AChildShallLeadThem
* ClassicalMovieVampire: The characters sort of poke fun at this when they join in when the Army soldiers have a viewing of the Bela Lugosi ''Dracula''.
* CreepyChild: Amy, for a short while.
* CreepyLongFingers: The Virals' fingers grow and extend into long, thin claws.
* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Many characters end up being ripped apart by Virals.
* DeadGuyJunior: Mausami's baby is named after [[spoiler:Caleb.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The book has numerous POV characters, but the ones who gain initial focus are Brad Wolgast and Lacey the nun in ''The Passage'', and Lawrence Grey and Lila in ''The Twelve''. All of them are major supporting characters, but Peter Jaxon and Amy are the ones who the story revolve around and have the most significant page-time. Interestingly, in both books, Peter is the last character to be introduced, but arguably the main protagonist.
* DeadpanSnarker: Several characters, most notably Michael, Lore, Nelson and Richards.
* DefectorFromDecadence
* DividedStatesOfAmerica: During the initial cataclysm, both California and Texas break off from the Union, causing minor civil wars. [[spoiler:The latter survives so well that 100 years later it is beginning to perform sweep-and-clear operations.]]
* DoomedHometown: The Colony where Peter was born.
* {{Doorstopper}}
* DrivenToSuicide / PsychicAssistedSuicide: How Babcock wipes out so much of the Colony.
* DyingAsYourself: Many characters adopt this attitude in the event they're infected, such as [[spoiler:Corporal Muncey]].
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler:Alicia and later, Amy.]]
* TheEpic: A huge amount of viewpoint characters cover the story from all sides across decades and spanning the entire continent.
* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When [[spoiler:Lacey]] first meets Peter, she thought he'd be taller.
* EvilFormerFriend: Richards and Skykes discuss this in relation to Fanning and Lear.
* EvilIsPetty: Many of the Homeland characters.
* FightingFromTheInside: When [[spoiler:Theo is imprisoned at Haven]] he does his best to resist Babcock's dream.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Peter Jaxon
** TheLancer: Alicia Donadio
** TheSmartGuy: Michael Fisher
** TheBigGuy: Hollis Wilson
** TheChick: Mausami Patal
** TheSixthRanger: Amy
** TheMedic: Sara Fisher
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires
* FromBadToWorse: The US of 2018 is already a WorldHalfEmpty due to a terrorist massacre in the Mall of America and the reaction to it, showing definite fascist tendencies. Then the virus hits.
* GoneHorriblyWrong: Who'd have thought that [[spoiler:giving convicted murderers superhuman powers]] would be a bad idea?
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sister Lacey sets off a small nuclear bomb to kill Babcock and herself. Grey and Lila later do this to stop Guilder.]]
* HiveMind: Each of the Twelve controls all the vampires he created or that those vampires created.
* TheHorde
* HorrorHunger: Virals.
* HospitalHottie: Sara Fisher.
* HowWeGotHere: Chapter 19 starts with Peter on the wall and then jumps back in time for several chapters.
* JustThinkOfThePotential: Project NOAH.
* KillItWithFire: A method of destroying Virals.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters
* LongLived: In the beginning of the book, Amy is six years old. Almost a hundred years later, they characters say that she looks fourteen. The first lines of the book call her "The Girl who Lived A Thousand Years."
* MercyKill
* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Virals have mouths filled with needle-like teeth. The Twelve seem to lose their teeth and grow more with some frequency.
* MysteriousProtector
* NonhumansLackAttributes: Part of the transformation to Viral causes the genitals to...'smooth out' or otherwise become useless. This even happens to [[spoiler:Guilder and the Red Eyes.]]
* MoreThanMindControl: Fanning and Babcock's long and subtle process of influencing the minds of humans, involving showing the victims [[FakeMemories their own memories]].
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It's mentioned that Jenna Bush is Governor of Texas.
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jude.]]
* NotUsingTheZWord: Played with. In the beginning, "vampire" is used to deride the project with the virus. After the virus is let loose, people come up with various names for them - virals, smokes, jumpers - but they all admit that they are vampires.
** The point is underlined when, in the future, most viral hunters and soldiers refer to ''Dracula'' as an excellent introduction to the basics of defense against jumpers because the weaknesses detailed happen to be surprisingly accurate. Presumably, in the universe of the books, the story of Dracula was influenced by ancient reports of infected virals.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: They have a mental link with each other and with the Twelve. Each of the Twelve may control a large portion of the vampires they created - Babcock controlled the Many [[spoiler:and when he died, Amy helped them to die too]]. They are very tough due to the virus changing their skin into a "protein-based exoskeleton" that is stronger than Kevlar.
* PoliceState: The 'present-day' USA has adopted increasingly fascist, Big Brother policies.
* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler:Cole]], who only appears in email correspondence and flashbacks.
* PublicExecution: Guilder has a fondness for doing this to his enemies.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The Homeland is a dictatorship heavy with propaganda.
* TheQuisling: [[spoiler:The Haven and the Homeland are filled with both.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Every character who's taken some of the virus.
* ReluctantMadScientist: Lear.
* ScavengerWorld
* SealedEvilInACan: The Twelve Virals, at first.
* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Theo and Mausami name their child [[spoiler:Caleb.]]
* SpiderSense: The Twelve can sense each other. Babcock also seems a little concerned when he begins to sense Amy coming.
* StepfordSmiler: There's certainly something 'off' about the residents of Haven.
* SuperHumanTrafficking: The U.S. government experiments on human test subjects and plans to use the result as a weapon against its enemies.
* SurvivalHorror
* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: For every one Viral you see, there are usually two you don't.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Jude, who gets shot in the face, survives and then gets two clips emptied into him before finally expiring.]]
* TimeSkip: The narrative of both books begins TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, before skipping forward a few hundred years. There's also a time skip of a few years between the books.
* TookALevelInBadass: Many characters have to.
* TownWithADarkSecret: The Haven. Later, Voorhees recalls a similar settlement.
* TrackingChip: Amy and the Twelve Virals have these.
* TraintopBattle: Most of it takes place in the train, but there are still some segments on top.
* TrueCompanions
* TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture: The book begins in 2018.
* UnusualEuphemism: 'Took the trip' for suicide, and 'taken up' for infected.
* [[ZombieApocalypse Vampire Apocalypse]]: We see part of it during "The Year of Zero" and during Auntie's journals.
* VegetarianVampire: Amy and later [[spoiler:Lacey and Alicia]] are infected with the "final" stage of the virus, which means they have no bloodlust.
* VerticalKidnapping: The Virals under Babcock's control tend to do this.
* TheVirus: A literal virus, too.
* UsedFuture: Comes with the post-apocalyptic world the characters live in.
* TheWarOnTerror: A terrorist attack on the Mall of America results in the United States adopting a number of fascist tendencies, including military checkpoints at state borders and an expanded form of the Patriot Act.
* WeakenedByTheLight: Most vampires can't stand sunlight, though some can tolerate it (both Amy and [[spoiler:Alicia later]] can travel during the day).
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Many of the characters involved with Project Noah, such as Lear and Sykes.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Peter and Alicia, Hollis and Sara [[spoiler:who do]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Lawrence Grey is a paedophile who [[spoiler:gains incredible powers and ends up indirectly allowing the Homeland to exist by keeping Guilder alive. He was also mercilessly abused by a variety of father figures after his real father killed himself. Grey found the body. He's also kept a prisoner for almost 100 years, immobile and frequently humiliated.]]
** Horace Guilder, the BigBad of The Twelve, had an emotionally abusive father and was loved by nobody, while slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease.
** Giles Babcock, the Viral who kills millions was horribly abused by his mother and sentenced to death despite clearly being too insane to be deemed responsible for his own actions.
* WouldHurtAChild: Guilder and the Virals.
* AWorldHalfFull
* YouHaveFailedMe: Guilder tends to do this to his subordinates.
* ZergRush: How the Virals tend to attack, particularly during the initial outbreak.
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** Lawrence Grey endured a series of abusive stepfathers and 'uncles'.
** Tifty Lamont was beaten by his drunken father.

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** Lawrence Grey endured a series of sexually abusive stepfathers and 'uncles'.
** Tifty Lamont was beaten by his drunken father.father to the point where bones were broken.
** Horace Guilder's father was emotionally distant and unloving.



* AnyoneCanDie

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* AnyoneCanDieAnyoneCanDie: So far, [[spoiler:Cole, Paulson, Sykes, Richards, Doyle, Lear, the Colonel, Arlo, Elton, Mira, Billie, Gus, Caleb, Jude, Vorhees, Babcock, Kittridge, Nelson, Satch Dodd, Ceps, Wilkes, Guilder, Tifty, Wolgast, Martinez and all of the Twelve save for Carter and Zero.]]



* BadassAndChildDuo

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* BadassAndChildDuoBadassAndChildDuo: Amy and Wolgast, later Amy and Peter.



* DeadGuyJunior: Mausami's baby is named after [[spoiler: Caleb.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The book has numerous POV characters, but the ones who gain initial focus are Brad Wolgast and Lacey the nun in ''The Passage'', and Lawrence Grey and Lila in ''The Twelve''. All of them are major supporting characters, but Peter Jaxon and Amy are the ones who the story revolve around and have the most significant page-time. Interestingly, in both books, Peter is the last character to be introduced, but

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* DeadGuyJunior: Mausami's baby is named after [[spoiler: Caleb.[[spoiler:Caleb.]]
* DecoyProtagonist: The book has numerous POV characters, but the ones who gain initial focus are Brad Wolgast and Lacey the nun in ''The Passage'', and Lawrence Grey and Lila in ''The Twelve''. All of them are major supporting characters, but Peter Jaxon and Amy are the ones who the story revolve around and have the most significant page-time. Interestingly, in both books, Peter is the last character to be introduced, but arguably the main protagonist.



* DividedStatesOfAmerica: During the initial cataclysm, both California and Texas break off from the Union, causing minor civil wars. [[spoiler: The latter survives so well that 100 years later it is beginning to perform sweep-and-clear operations.]]
* DoomedHometown

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* DividedStatesOfAmerica: During the initial cataclysm, both California and Texas break off from the Union, causing minor civil wars. [[spoiler: The [[spoiler:The latter survives so well that 100 years later it is beginning to perform sweep-and-clear operations.]]
* DoomedHometownDoomedHometown: The Colony where Peter was born.



* DrivenToSuicide / PsychicAssistedSuicide
* DyingAsYourself: Many characters adopt this attitude in the event they're infected, such as [[spoiler: Corporal Muncey]].
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: Alicia]]

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* DrivenToSuicide / PsychicAssistedSuicide
PsychicAssistedSuicide: How Babcock wipes out so much of the Colony.
* DyingAsYourself: Many characters adopt this attitude in the event they're infected, such as [[spoiler: Corporal [[spoiler:Corporal Muncey]].
* EmergencyTransformation: [[spoiler: Alicia]][[spoiler:Alicia and later, Amy.]]



* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When [[spoiler: Lacey]] first meets Peter, she thought he'd be taller.

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* ExpectingSomeoneTaller: When [[spoiler: Lacey]] [[spoiler:Lacey]] first meets Peter, she thought he'd be taller.



* FightingFromTheInside: When [[spoiler: Theo is imprisoned at Haven]] he does his best to resist Babcock's dream.

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* FightingFromTheInside: When [[spoiler: Theo [[spoiler:Theo is imprisoned at Haven]] he does his best to resist Babcock's dream.



* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sister Lacey sets off a small nuclear bomb to kill Babcock and herself.]]

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* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Sister Lacey sets off a small nuclear bomb to kill Babcock and herself. Grey and Lila later do this to stop Guilder.]]



* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jude]]

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* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Jude]][[spoiler:Jude.]]



* PoliceState

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* PoliceStatePoliceState: The 'present-day' USA has adopted increasingly fascist, Big Brother policies.



* PublicExecution

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* PublicExecutionPublicExecution: Guilder has a fondness for doing this to his enemies.
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* SealedEvilInACan: The Twelve Virals, at first.


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* TimeSkip: The narrative of both books begins TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture, before skipping forward a few hundred years. There's also a time skip of a few years between the books.


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* UnusualEuphemism: 'Took the trip' for suicide, and 'taken up' for infected.


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* ZergRush: How the Virals tend to attack, particularly during the initial outbreak.
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* BadassAndChildDuo* BecauseDestinySaysSo

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* BadassAndChildDuo* BadassAndChildDuo
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BecauseDestinySaysSo
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* CeilingCling: A favoured method of the Virals.



* CreepyLongFingers: The Virals' fingers grow and extend into long, thin claws.



* JustThinkOfThePotential: Project NOAH

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* JustThinkOfThePotential: Project NOAHNOAH.
* KillItWithFire: A method of destroying Virals.


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* MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily: The Virals have mouths filled with needle-like teeth. The Twelve seem to lose their teeth and grow more with some frequency.


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* NonhumansLackAttributes: Part of the transformation to Viral causes the genitals to...'smooth out' or otherwise become useless. This even happens to [[spoiler:Guilder and the Red Eyes.]]


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* SuspiciouslyStealthyPredator: For every one Viral you see, there are usually two you don't.


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* VerticalKidnapping: The Virals under Babcock's control tend to do this.


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* UsedFuture: Comes with the post-apocalyptic world the characters live in.
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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Jude, who gets shot in the face, survives and then gets two clips emptied into him before finally expiring.

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* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Jude, who gets shot in the face, survives and then gets two clips emptied into him before finally expiring. ]]
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* PoliceState


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* PublicExecution
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* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Cole]], who only appears in email correspondence and flashbacks.
* PuttingOnTheReich
* TheQuisling
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
* ReluctantMadScientist

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* PosthumousCharacter: [[spoiler: Cole]], [[spoiler:Cole]], who only appears in email correspondence and flashbacks.
* PuttingOnTheReich
PuttingOnTheReich: The Homeland is a dictatorship heavy with propaganda.
* TheQuisling
TheQuisling: [[spoiler:The Haven and the Homeland are filled with both.]]
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Every character who's taken some of the virus.
* ReluctantMadScientistReluctantMadScientist: Lear.



* SomeoneToRememberHimBy: Theo and Mausami name their child [[spoiler:Caleb.]]



* TheWarOnTerror: A terrorist attack on the Mall of America results in the United States adopting a number of fascist tendencies, including military checkpoints at state borders and an expanded form of the Patriot Act.

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* TheWarOnTerror: A terrorist attack on the Mall of America results ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: [[spoiler:Jude, who gets shot in the United States adopting a number of fascist tendencies, including military checkpoints at state borders face, survives and an expanded form of the Patriot Act.then gets two clips emptied into him before finally expiring.



* TrackingChip: Amy and the Twelve Virals have these.



* TheWarOnTerror: A terrorist attack on the Mall of America results in the United States adopting a number of fascist tendencies, including military checkpoints at state borders and an expanded form of the Patriot Act.



* WillTheyOrWontThey: Peter and Alicia, Hollis and Sara [[spoiler:who do]].
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds:
** Lawrence Grey is a paedophile who [[spoiler:gains incredible powers and ends up indirectly allowing the Homeland to exist by keeping Guilder alive. He was also mercilessly abused by a variety of father figures after his real father killed himself. Grey found the body. He's also kept a prisoner for almost 100 years, immobile and frequently humiliated.]]
** Horace Guilder, the BigBad of The Twelve, had an emotionally abusive father and was loved by nobody, while slowly dying of Lou Gehrig's Disease.
** Giles Babcock, the Viral who kills millions was horribly abused by his mother and sentenced to death despite clearly being too insane to be deemed responsible for his own actions.
* WouldHurtAChild: Guilder and the Virals.



* YouHaveFailedMe: Guilder tends to do this.

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* YouHaveFailedMe: Guilder tends to do this.
this to his subordinates.
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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires* FromBadToWorse: The US of 2018 is already a WorldHalfEmpty due to a terrorist massacre in the Mall of America and the reaction to it, showing definite fascist tendencies. Then the virus hits.

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* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires
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FromBadToWorse: The US of 2018 is already a WorldHalfEmpty due to a terrorist massacre in the Mall of America and the reaction to it, showing definite fascist tendencies. Then the virus hits.
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