Review: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

Shadows (Ashes Trilogy, #2)

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick 

Ashes #2

September 25, 2012 –  Egmont USA

528 Pages – Youg Adult, Fiction, Dystopian

Source: Netgalley

Ilsa J Bick

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Disclaimer: I was given a digital copy of this title, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.

From Goodreads: 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.

My Thoughts: I hate to say it, but I am pretty disappointed with this one. With Bick’s first installment I couldn’t put it down. I pulled an almost all-nighter to see what was going to happen. I was really excited to get this one. And now here I am, finished with book 2 and wondering what the hell is going on. What is the point of this particular story?

It is a strange case where nothing happens and something happens all the time. It was jumbled and incoherent. Looking back, it’s as if book 2’s purpose was to move people into place for something else. But the reason is never identified. Then there’s this sudden need to fight Rule, but again the reason is never disclosed. Clearly, there are some people that shouldn’t be trusted (turns out that no one should be trusted). But we’re not given a deep enough glimpse into the characters to understand why they are doing what they’re doing. There are quite a few questions that are left unanswered. I really hope book 3 is better.

2 stars ** 

Always Shine!


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