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Product Details

  • Series: Ashes (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: EgmontUSA; Reprint edition (August 6, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606844458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606844458
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (137 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,902 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 --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

I was left unsatisfied but still curious about how things are going to end.
Sarah's
There were SO many characters and no back story or recapping that I just got confused more and more chapter after chapter.
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This one is really fast action and the story keeps you on the edge of your seat for the whole thing.
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24 of 28 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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13 of 15 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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11 of 13 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat on October 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
What a disappointment. I thought this book had so much potential, but the author couldn't deliver. I loved Ashes, by the way. Shadows had too much gore, not enough substance. You don't have to write every boring detail of violence in order for us to get the picture. The author overwrote. The book needed to be edited better. One big mistake the author made was not reinforcing the bond between Alex and Tom or Alex and Chris (which ever she ends up with), because Alex never sees either of them in this book (Tom & Alex do call out to each other at the end of Shadows for a few minutes, but don't see each other-Big Deal!). The bond and emotions between the characters, which is what makes a great story, no longer exist as far as I'm concerned. The author needed to somehow bring these characters together in this book (either Alex/Tom or Alex/Chris or all three). The author did such a poor job at keeping the emotional bond between them that I stopped caring about them. I don't care anymore if Alex survives or if she ends up with Tom or Chris or neither. I also agree with some of the other reviewers. There were too many POVs in this book, unlike Ashes. And this made the book weaker not stronger. The author should have kept it to the three main characters. Also, I was very disappointed in Tom at the end when he abandons Alex (AND HE'S SUPPOSED TO BE A SOLDIER!) and Chris when he kisses Lena (possibly they did more than kiss-the author wasn't clear in her writing, so I was confused and had to reread that scene. But I still didn't understand if they just kissed or had sex or something else). Neither Tom nor Chris deserves Alex. I don't think I'll read the third book. There's so much more wrong with this book, but I'm tired of typing.
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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.


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