Review: Shadows by Isla Bick

Shadows by Isla Bick
Series: The Ashes Trilogy (# 2)
Release Date: September 25, 2012
Publisher:  Egmont
Pages: 528
Source:  NetGalley

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive.

Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love.
But she was wrong.

Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive.

Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.


Review:  Wow. I was so disappointed in this sequel to Ashes that it’s hard to believe it’s the same author that wrote the book. I’ll give you the top three things that bothered me about the book giving it a low rating.

1. Who is telling this story? In Ashes, I could follow along with the main character, Alex. But, in this sequel, the point of view changes so much that I simply could not enjoy the story. It did not flow and was very disjointed.

2. Why is there no connection to book one? Even rereading my previous review of this book did not help me understand what was going on in the sequel. There were SO many characters and no back story or recapping that I just got confused more and more chapter after chapter.

3. The gore. I’m okay with violence and gore and expect it in books where the “undead” are involved, but this book went beyond gore. It went into territory that was uncomfortable for me to read about. The fights and feedings were especially over the top.

I will not be reading book three and have no desire to know what happens to the main character. Rarely, if ever, has this happened with a book trilogy and it disappointed me beyond words.