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Product Details

  • Series: Ashes (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA (September 25, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606841769
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606841761
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #522,895 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Among other things, I was an English major in college and so I know that I'm supposed to write things like, "Ilsa J. Bick is (fill in the blank)." Except I hate writing about myself in the third person like I'm not in the room. Helloooo, I'm right here . . . So let's just say that I'm a child psychiatrist (yeah, you read that right), a wannabe surgeon, a former Air Force major--and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books and novels. Believe me, no one is more shocked about this than I . . . unless you talk to my mother.

Customer Reviews

Too many POVs fracture the story and the lack of recapping make it impossible to remember the multitude of characters.
Karissa Eckert
Because Ilsa Bick hates us so much, she makes sure that all the good things we want to happen in these pages DO NOT HAPPEN.
Heather Wilkinson
The first two books are really good -- Kept me wanting more....I cannot wait to find out what happens in the next book!
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Lucie Hawke on October 13, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The title of this book should not be "Shadows"--it should be GORE. As in dripping, slurping blood on every page. I loved Ashes. I was excited to discover a new author I liked, and I couldn't wait to read the next installment. Sadly, it was only the character development done in the first book that kept me going through the second. I genuinely cared about Alex and Tom enough to read through pages and pages of action so fast-paced that it was boring. It was like reading a screenplay for a movie that had absolutely no content except chase scenes and fight scenes. After forcing myself to wade through it all, I was a whole lot less interested in Alex and Tom. And if I never read another description of "Chuckies" slurping eyeballs or chomping on dripping strips of living muscle, it will be too soon!

The only thing I didn't like about Ashes was the predictable teen novel element of two hunky guys in love with the heroine. By the end of Shadows, if I had ever been inclined to be on Team Tom or Team Chris, I had long since stopped caring.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Lori L. Clark on September 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I thought the Fate's were smiling down on me when I got an advanced copy of this book to review but now that I'm finished I think they are just snickering cause it is going to be absolute torture waiting for the 3rd book in the trilogy to be released. This book starts off right where the last one left off. It did start a little slow but once it got going there was no way I could put it down. Without giving too much away, the plot in this story is very deep and masterfully written and is quite graphic at times. Just when you get a couple of questions answered and you think you might know the direction the story is taking you get your legs knocked out from under you. One minute you think your rooting for the good guys and then you realize yeah they might not be so good after all and you're just left with more questions. The author takes you on a wild and crazy ride and every time you tell yourself one more chapter, I can promise it wont stop at that. As she did throughout the book, she leaves you with a wonderful cliff hanger that has your mind jumbled and thinking I cant believe this just happened.

You might want to review the first book in the trilogy before diving into this one, so you can get your bearings on what's going on. Or better yet, read Ashes for the first time and read them back to back.

Ilsa J. Bick is quicly becoming one of my favorite authors.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Shadows, the second book in the Ashes trilogy, is one of the best sequels I have read and the ending is killer! It is everything readers could want and more. The stakes are higher, the plot is even more fast-paced, and the writing has only improved.

The ending of Ashes was one of the worse cliffhangers EVER. Ilsa J. Bick was just plain cruel with that ending. What's even more cruel is that Shadows doesn't start immediately with that storyline. The way Shadows is written, it's like there's a cliffhanger at the end of every chapter. The chapters alternate point-of-views and crazy stuff is happening, not just to Alex but to the rest of the Spared like Lena, Chris, Peter, and Tom. Yes, that's right Tom is back. Hell to the yes! (Don't worry, it's not a spoiler, you find out in the first chapter what happened to him.) Seriously though, these kids are going through some crazy stuff and there is always a point-of-view switch right when the craziest stuff happens. It was impossible to stop reading.

Alex, Lena, Chris, Tom, and Peter are the main characters in this book. Readers get to see each of their point-of-views. Alex is just as bad-ass as ever. She knows how to fight, how to shoot, how to protect, and how to heal. And she is not afraid to kill someone before they get the chance to kill her. Lena is a bit of a whiner but she's learning how to take care of herself. Chris is a really good guy. He's a protector figure and he's willing to do whatever it takes to save his town. Tom is Tom. I love him just as much as I did in the first book. He's very broken but he's still there for the people who need him. Peter is the character I feel most sorry for. Deep down he's a good guy but he made some bad decisions. And now he's being punished for them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Fisher on November 10, 2012
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Title: Shadows: The Ashes Trilogy
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Rating: 3 Stars

My Review
Wow there is a LOT going on here. It had been a while so I had to go back and re-read most of Ashes to figure out what was going on. And that's because in this title Bick uses many more characters and POVs than in Ashes. In fact, the overall cast is pretty darned huge. It's definitely a bridge book. You get the sense that she has all these pieces, people, and places that she's weaving together...but they are mostly so disjointed that the story jumping can be a little challenging to follow.

Also, it gets hard to hold onto your love for the original main characters because you don't get to hear from them as much. I did like that there was still plenty of Alex. Without that, I'm not even sure if I would have been interested in the rest of the story. The first book gets you very invested in Alex's character and well-being and you wouldn't care for anyone else at all, I think, if you didn't get a lot of her perspective in this book.

Ungodly disgusting things happen in this book. Unspeakable, horrifying, nauseating things. It adds to the terror, but for me it pushes it so far into the *yuk* category that it was sometimes hard to take. Alex is always smelling something rotten, or fetid, or putrid. I swear, I've never seen the word *snot* used more in a single book in my life. I know Bick's purposefully pushing the envelope and for real zombie lovers, that will probably go over well. For me it was a little too much phlegm, pus, blood, blowback, etc. in general and not enough love or triumph or peace to balance it. When nothing but bad things happen with no in-between, I get a little fatigued.
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