Monday, January 6, 2014

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick

Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick
2012, EgmontUSA
Series: Book 2 of Ashes

Synopsis: 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.

The Good: Bick writes great gore. Creepy, gross, totally gets in your head and under your skin, horror.

The Bad: I LOVED Ashes, passionately. Unfortunately, Shadows hit all the wrong buttons for me within a sequel. Everyone in this novel is on the run, traveling somewhere, running away or towards something or someone, searching, etc. Perpetual movement with little resolution. Mostly unnecessary filler. We don't spend enough time with any one character, as we're constantly checking in on another. Not that it really matters, being the total plot progression inside this book could have been neatly covered in a short novella.

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