Thursday, January 16, 2014

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
2013, EgmontUSA
Series: Book 3 of Ashes

Synopsis: The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The now.

When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.

She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.

Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.

The Change isn't over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And...they've had help.

The Good: Sadly, nothing.

The Bad: I've never read a trilogy that started out so flipping amazing and ended so unbearable that I almost couldn't even bother finishing it. I loved Ashes. Raved about Ashes. Shadows wasn't good, but I soldiered on. Sometimes middle books just don't work for me. I still had high hopes. Monsters was nothing short of atrocious. I just feel so let down by this trilogy. Everything that was wrong with Shadows was just amplified in Monsters. The pace was meandering. The book was super long and it just didn't need to be for what the plot entailed. It felt as though the story was sacrificed for the sake of descriptive writing. As every characters thoughts and feelings were described in painful detail, more often than not - nothing was actually happening. It was like time was constantly standing still for personal reflection. And then if there was action, it was overly explained. I do not need to know every eye twitch of every character involved in the scene. I don't. It's overkill and sucks all the tension and excitement out of the moment.

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