“The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is 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. With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply. A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.” –excerpt from Goodreads.com
With all the recent apocalyptic and zombie hype, I really appreciated Ilsa Bick’s interpretation of end-of-the-world chaos. In Ashes, the reader is introduced to the main characters as the world falls into pieces after an EMP went off and turned half of the surviving population into killing machines with a taste for human flesh. Shadows not only shows the evolution of the cannibalistic Changed and their new-found ability to use weapons, but also showcases the deterioration of normal humans into cold-hearted and animalistic beasts.
Monsters is a fast-paced, horror-filled novel that will leave you gripping your seat as you wait to see the outcome of the inevitable “final” battle where the Changed surrounding Rule and the deranged people still living within its borders. The writing is deep and analyzes the sanity and motivation behind the characters narrating their pieces of the complex puzzle that is Monsters. If you don’t handle gore well, refrain from reading any of these books because Bick writes realistically and descriptively. My main complaint, fickle to say the least, is that Alex, the heroine, did not end up with my favorite potential lover, but I feel like I will be in the minority with that opinion!
All of the novels of Bick’s that I have read, have been pretty great reads! If you are a tad squeamish, consider reading Drowning Instinct by Ilsa Bick instead! It is a wonderful book that lacks gory details!
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