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Shadows Paperback – August 6, 2013
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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.
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.
I enjoyed the expected journey we took in Ashes and fell in love with Alex, Tom, Ellie, even some of the Rule folk. That is the number one thing that kept me reading furiously. It wasn't the book's own inherent quality, which I felt declined somewhat towards the end, especially as we strained the plot points well beyond any hope of plausibility. A few of the characters I didn't really care for the first time around (like Lena) made me converts. And I am certainly a "secret society isn't always what it seems" kinda gal. However, be warned, there is a whole cast of new characters and frankly, many of them are just unlikeable. And when I finally found out what was going on in Rule (really, Alex realizes this in the last line of Ashes...does she forget she knows this???), well I kinda, sorta felt like we already knew that and the details filled in were a bit too convenient.
The book attempts more to show the limits of human depravity than the story of the characters we learned to love. This was an unfortunate direction because it lost much of its focus and my interest in it. How the "changed" were addressed was the most disappointing to me. MINOR SPOILERS - The movement of the "changed" from raw creatures to highly functional cannibals with supernatural powers made no sense to me. At all. Sure they were still scary, but I can't imagine that they would gain almost all their abilities back, but lack any ounce of compassion. It was easier for me to imagine them as feral.Read more ›
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Rating: 3 Stars
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.Read more ›
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Just finished the second book. The endings leave you hanging and wanting to read more. This is a very fast paced and memorizing book. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Janie M. Schumaker
Teenagers turned into zombies. Except for a few. I stopped reading at chapter 65. It's just a long series of how supposedly competent people keep effing up and the zombies keep the... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kristine Schroeder
For all that I am giving this two stars I will probably seek out the third book in the hope that it is more like the first. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Mel Woods
I was given a digital copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion.
I hate to say it, but I am pretty disappointed with this one. Read more
Brothers girlfriend was glad to complete her collection with this book.Published 8 months ago by Tyrant19