Seventeen-year-old Alex thought the postapocalyptic town of Rule was safe, but its most prominent citizens are involved in a deadly deception that forces her back out on the road, where she battles zombielike “Changed” and citizen militias. Bick’s vivid descriptions of zombie meals and fight scenes are her strength and will continue to please horror fans interested in action over characterization; this is no story for the queasy. But readers will need the background from the first book, Ashes (2011), to contextualize the various characters and story lines in this second book of the trilogy. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch
'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.
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