Early Review: Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

Posted on Saturday, August 25, 2012 12:30 AM

Format: E-ARC from Netgalley


Publisher: Egmont USA

Series: Ashes Trilogy # 2

Publication Date: September 25, 2012

Pre-Order this Book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

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.


WARNING * (Contains spoilers from Ashes) *


Shadows starts off four months after the EMP (electromagnetic pulse) took out most of the World’s population.  If the EMP didn’t kill you, you were changed into a flesh eating monster, only very few people were spared.   

Alex has left the safety of Rule in search of Tom and Ellie, who she hopes are still alive, but she doesn’t make it very far before she runs in to trouble.  She comes across five Changed kids, and the Changed in this book aren’t like the types of zombies that we usually see in books and movies.  First of all they aren’t dead and second they are a whole lot smarter than average zombies.  While fighting these Changed, she learns a great deal about them.  When she gets a good look at their faces she sees one that she knows. 

I love that Shadows is told in multiple points of view, so not only do we know what’s happening with Alex, we also know what is happening back in Rule and we find out where Tom has been and what he has been through.

Alex has come a long way since the first book, she’s stronger and bolder and she will do anything to find her friends.  Tom is just as tough and caring as he was in the first book, and Alex isn’t the only one that’s searching for somebody.

Shadows is packed with action and full of twists that you won’t expect.  The world that Ms. Bick has created is cruel and terrifying and while I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did Ashes, I still liked it and I will definitely read the last book in the trilogy to see how it all ends.

Thanks to Egmont USA and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.


“Alex, I can’t.  Oh, God, please,” Tom rasped.

‘The others were too heavy.  She was pinned, and this was how it was going to end’




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