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Shadows: The Second Book in the Ashes Trilogy [Kindle Edition]

Ilsa J. Bick
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Alex has escaped from Rule - but what new horrors face her in the ravaged world outside?

Tom is safe - but what will he risk to find Alex?

Chris - how much does he really know about the terrible darkness of Rule? And what are his true feelings for Alex?

Ellie - where is she?

The terrifying follow-up to the hugely popular Ashes.


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'Shadows is all about the action ... It's tremendously exciting for that and I turned its page barely pausing to take a breath' Bookbag.

'A must for horror fans ... this is something different for YA and a worthy follow-up to the hugely successful Ashes' The Mountains of Instead.

'brilliant ... I can't wait for the final instalment' So Many Books, So Little Time.

From the Back Cover

Out of the ashes, a new world emerges. A world stalked by the flesh-eating Changed - young, armed and hungry. A world ruled by the Elders, willing to kill to survive. A world in which no one is safe, and humans might be the worst of monsters. Alex and Tom, un-Changed, face unthinkable horror in their desperate struggle to find each other. But the biggest terror of all is the monster within. Because no one yet knows which young people Change, or why. And no one knows who will be next... The second book in the bestselling ASHES trilogy.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1060 KB
  • Print Length: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0089XLBXK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,553 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not as Great as Ashes 10 Dec. 2012
By g
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
If you've seen my review of Ashes you'll know that I was mega-excited about Shadows, I'd had it on preorder for some time and was counting down the days (yes I REALLY am that sad).

Its rare that a book draws you in so much, and leaves you wanting to know whats going to happen next. So yes, very excited about Shadows.

But you'll notice that this review is coming two months after its release, and as I read 3 books a week, it might seem strange that it took so long to finish.

****SPOILER ALERT (1) If you've not read Ashes, please avoid the rest of this review - I will be referring to key events in book 1 that might spoil it for you*****

**SPOILER ALERT (2) - I don't put much in terms of spoilers, but there are a few names that might give you some clues as to whats going on - don't read on if you don't want to know!***

The answer to that is simple - its just not as good as ashes. In Ashes the reader is focussed on Alex, whilst not narrated by her, your point of view is hers. You feel her ups and downs, and you are left wondering what's happened to Ellie, Tom and Mina. You wonder what is happening with her smell and the tumour - is it gone, did it save her, prevent her from changing? You know as much or as little as Alex does.

This POV style means you don't know whats going on behind those closed doors in Rule, you don't know who to trust (although Jess was always dodgy in my book!)

Shadows however tells the story from four or five different points of view - Alex, Tom (Yes he's still alive, but you never doubted that did you?!), Chris, Peter and Lena. It gets very confusing, as something happens the chapters will flip to another character and it often takes a few seconds to work out where you are and who you are with now.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't follow this at all 28 May 2014
Format:Paperback
Review: I remember Ashes. The electromagnetic pulse, Alex with the enhanced sense of smell, the zombies/Changed and the cliffhanger of 2012. Now out on her own, and surrounded by a pack of Changed. Also, the elders in Rule may be hiding secrets and Tom is looking for Alex. Fun times!
Yeah, when I started this, I knew I had a basic rememberance of the features of Ashes. So I went into Shadows ready for action. After a bit of Tom, and then the conclusion to the cliffhanger, we follow each of the others in turn, which would be ok..but I’d forgotten most things . lots of characters turn up that I don’t remember meeting in Ashes.
In terms of plot for this, it all seemed very scattered. Normally. I like multiple perspectives, but for this one, I was lost from about page 100 onwards. We flick between groups of characters a lot, with quite a lot of smaller cliffhangers, quite quickly, and I just didn’t keep up with it all. `
The zombies, changed, chuckies in this got a bit more development in this one, as did the characters in Rule.
In terms of action, it was amazing. The action scenes are written so well, you feel like you’re there with all the gory details that mean you can see it all happening in your mind.
I like the fact that humans are evil comes up in this book. It’s a good contrast to the OTT zombies tearing people apart, but just as creepy.
The writing is once again third person, but following a character at each point. the focus changes along with the switches of plot also stopped me really following this throughout. As the action scenes are so frequent, being randomly thrown from one to another scene, it’s confusing and slows it down for me.

Overall: Strength 2 tea to a book with a lot of action but is one of the hardest things to follow I’ve read for a long time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Does not disappoint. 17 Nov. 2013
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
**4.5 stars**

Alex has escaped from Rule - but what new horrors face her in the ravaged world outside?
Tom is safe - but what will he risk to find Alex?
Chris - how much does he really know about the terrible darkness of Rule? And what are his true feelings for Alex?
Ellie - where is she?

Yes indeed. All questions I had when I had finished "Ashes" the first book in this trilogy. Some are answered - some are not - and I can hardly wait to find out how this one turns out for all involved. Monsters await me - probably quite literally.

So, you have Young Adult fiction. Then you have Adult fiction. And somewhere inbetween you have Ilsa J Bick's trilogy about a post apocalyptic, dangerous world, where no-one can be trusted and sometimes your best friend is also your worst enemy. A brilliantly imagined setting where in order to survive, ruthless is the only way to go.

There are several interlocking stories going on here as we follow Alex, Chris and Tom amongst others - separate but linked - on their journey through a landscape fraught with danger, ever changing, and filled with those of nefarious intent. The "changed" are scary, downright horrific and if you have a weak stomach, fair warning, there are no punches pulled here. And its possible that the change is not over yet...Just because you are one of the "Spared" does not guarantee that you will always be entirely you...

Multi stranded character arcs can confuse - I've heard people call this plot "convoluted" but for me it was rich in detail and imagination. Rather than give heart and soul to two or three main protagonists, Ms Bick breathes life into them all - whilst also managing to give the reader a full appreciation for the world they inhabit.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read for a sequel.
Pretty good, we didn't enjoy it a such as the first book Ashes but still a pretty good sequel.
Published 5 months ago by Joanne Wright
3.0 out of 5 stars Electric
the different view points makes it fast but it is confusing at times, thought 3 love invests was different however the many plot twists and cliff hangers make this book and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by alex
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
a good read
Published 9 months ago by frank
4.0 out of 5 stars Not to be read if squeamish
"Ashes" was a fascinating read and "Monsters" is supurb, however "Shadows" is over-long and frustratingly vague. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Dominique White
5.0 out of 5 stars Even better than the first book!
This is a great book! I read it in a few days! I fell in love with some characters and hated others but I felt compelled to read this book and could not put it down! Read more
Published 14 months ago by ann-marie
3.0 out of 5 stars Shadows
Having thoroughly enjoyed Ashes this book is the obvious progression to having the questions answered as equally absorbing as the first book although the introduction of many new... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Mary Beatham
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
Just. Amazing. Didn't want it to end 😭 I can't wait for the next one. I hope they find each other in Monsters tho.
Published 14 months ago by Aoife McKeon
3.0 out of 5 stars A good second book
Bick delivers another gory action packed book.
I'm glad I had Ashes fresh into my mind going into this. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Natalie @ Book Lovers Life
3.0 out of 5 stars lacking in plot
In my review of the first book in this post-apocalyptic horror trilogy, where a series of electro magnetic pulses has driven most of the population to become cannibals, I said I... Read more
Published 19 months ago by John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put down ...
The first book 'Ashes' was given to me as a gift and within the first 3 chapters I was hooked. I was so desperate to continue the central characters' journeys, that I ordered the... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Nicky
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