Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Egmont USA, 528 pages
Publication Date: September 25, 2012
The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.
Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.
Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.
Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.
Fast-paced, on the edge of your seat, horrific, tense, grim, gripping, depressing, disgusting, gross, thrilling, action-packed, gory, and terrifying. That's how I would describe this book. Basically, nothing good happens to these poor people. Just when you think they may catch a break, they don't. I just wanted to scream: "Don't trust anyone!" This book was incredibly hard to read sometimes because it was so dark and absolutely disgusting (the author does not hold back from her descriptions of the gore).
Although Ashes was told from Alex's POV, this book switches back and forth with multiple POVs, which could be very frustrating. A particular chapter would end with a cliffhanger, and then the next chapter switched to someone else. Ahhhh! I wish the author would have labeled the chapters with whose POV it was because sometimes I didn't know for a page or two (it would just be"she" or "he" instead of using a name).
This book does suffer a bit from middle book syndrome because if I stop and think about it, not a lot happens to move the story forward. And the book just ends with everything unresolved. That said, I am compelled to read the last book because I just have to know what happens to these people.
And Ilsa J. Bick's website has a summary of Ashes (So You Read Ashes a Year Ago) if it's been awhile since you've read it. Why don't more authors do that?
Posted by: Pam