Shadows | Ilsa J. Bick

Shadows is book two in the Ashes trilogy. I enjoyed the first book immensely.
It raced along with lots of action, suspense and left us with a fabulous cliff-hanger ending.

I was looking forward to Shadows release date with great anticipation.

And… well… it’s okay.

Sorry, that’s the best I can do.

Shadows is so full of action and drama and bloody showdowns that character development and plot have gone out the window. I’m tempted to say that they were sacrificed in a gory zombie feeding fest half way through the first chapter!

The muliple viewpoints doesn’t work very well either – it allows for lots of quick shifts in action, but it provides little opportunity to get to know anyone or feel like you care what happens. About half way through I thought,  “Oh for god’s sake, release the zombies and just kill everyone off and be done with it!”

Having said all that, I can’t help but think that this trilogy would make a great fright-night movie. You know – one of those movies with so much action and scary makeup that you don’t realise how slight the story actually is until someone asks you at the end what it was about!

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.

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