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Shadows (Ashes Trilogy #2)

3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  6,124 ratings  ·  865 reviews
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
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published September 25th 2012 by EgmontUSA (first published January 1st 2012)
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yup - three stars. and i am angry at having to give this book three stars, because i was so looking forward to it! life is unfair.

okay - here are my gripes.

if you are planning on reading this one - do yourself a favor: review ashes. trust me. do you remember every single person alex encountered in rule? i sure didn't. and there are so damn many of them. and so many additional characters. here you go, just from a quick flipping of pages of shadows: jed, grace, tom, ray, ruby, leopard, acne,
So, the good news here is that the two things that bothered me most about Ashes – namely, Alex’s endless agonizing and baseless assumptions and Ellie, the most annoying preteen on Earth (fictional or otherwise) – were completely absent from this book. The bad news is that the way that Ilsa J. Bick accomplished those two feats made this book incredibly boring for me. And I didn’t have Katherine Kellgren’s amazing voice to get me through this time.

This book is 100% action, all the time. That would
Dec 29, 2011 Anagha marked it as to-read
AAAAHHHH What kind of a cliffhanger end is that (Ashes)???? I need to read this RIGHT NOW or I will pull my hair out!
Aug 28, 2012 Sara marked it as might-read-sequel
I'm still recovering from the bitter disappointment of the last 200 pages of the first book Ashes. I'll probably read this second installment, hoping, praying, it will be as great as the first half of its prequel. Sadly, not holding my breath though.
This was such a hard book for me to review...

I have to say I was kind of disappointed with SHADOWS- the second book in Ilsa Bick's Ashes trilogy. Book one- Ashes -was told only through Alex's view. SHADOWS is through multiple points of view: Alex, Tom, Lena, Chris, and Peter. There are soooooooooo many people to keep track of- the main characters are split apart at different locations trying to find one another, or thinking the other is dead. It is aaaallll veeeeeeeeeery confusing.

There is so mu
Katrina Passick Lumsden
I loved Ashes, the first book in this trilogy. Loved it. It's a great apocalypse book. It's exciting, suspenseful, romantic, has an intriguing plot and cool twists, a pretty cool heroine, an awesome hero, a cool little sidekick....

So when I finished reading Shadows two nights ago and was so pissed off I could barely see straight, that was a rather huge disappointment. I've calmed down since and the urge to write Ilsa J. Bick a letter and demand an apology on behalf of the fans of Ashes has passe
Premise: After the ending of the first book, Ashes, I was looking forward to finding out more about the Changed kids and how exactly they had Changed. I also really wanted to know if Tom, Ellie and Alex would find each other again.

Characters: The problem with this book is that there are so many characters in this one and it leapfrogs between the POV of each one of them. Whereas Ashes was told from Alex's perspective and had a clear line of development, in Shadows there is so much jumping around
Elise Clark
I loved ashes.. But I'm really sad about the ending it's a total cliffhanger I can't stop thinking about it! I can't wait tell I get shadows
This book. This entire book was like dangling a piece of candy in front of you, and when you walk along trying to get to the piece of candy, it moves away so you're endlessly chasing after it. Emotional payoff? What emotional payoff. This entire book feels like a buildup to the third, which should be huge and all over the place and (maybe) satisfying--but that's not this book. This book is the teaser. It's the one nudging all the chess pieces into place in preparation for the final move.

It does
Julia Graf
WOW! I think this might be the first sequel where I gave both the first and second book in a trilogy 5 stars. Often trilogies suffer from the "Second Book Syndrom" - not this one!

In Ashes, we follow the journey of Alex as she struggles to find safety in the post-Apocalypse, where zombies (aka The Changed) rule the world. This second book picks up right where the first one left off, with Alex fighting for her life.

The main difference between this book and the first one, is that in Shadows we are
Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada
The transformation inside Alex is quite apparent in this one. Her thoughts travel towards the monster inside her and it slowly starts to change her. Reading it was terribly creepy. I couldn't help but shiver when she starts to think about the most oddest things. Cannibalism included. (ICK!) In an almost disgusting array of detail, you're privy to the hunger pangs of people who eat people. I seriously couldn't stomach this, and even had to put my book down because I was eating at the same time.


Well...I loved Ashes. Loved it! Couldn't put it down. So I was beyond ecstatic when a friend loaned me her pre-release copy of Shadows. I have to admit, I gave up on this one a little more than halfway through the book. And I never give up on books! I just felt that I was forcing myself to read it just to get through. Still a decent story, but the part of Ashes that I liked the least (the Rule section) was the main focus of Shadows. There are some good and gory zombie moments, but Rule seemed to
Matthew Galloway
I wanted to love this book so much because I completely loved the first book.

I think, for me, the book didn't work as well for two main reasons.

The first is the change to multiple perspectives -- the first book had so much tension because it was from the point of view of one isolated person. Alex didn't know what was going on with anyone else and she didn't know if they were still alive. In Shadows, you do know. You know what's going on in pretty much everyone's mind... Even people who are onl
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
I had to take a minute to catch my breath and collect my thoughts before writing this review. I have so much to say and I'm not sure where to start, but I know that I want to keep this one shorter than my Ashes review...that one was a novel in itself. Suffice it to say, Shadows was one jaw-dropping moment after another, and though I feared for Alex, I never wanted it to end.

Shadows resumes right where Ashes left off, but I suggest that you re-read Ashes before diving into this second installment

This was ... woah. I usually find that the second book in a series is never as good as the first, but this was even better. There was never a dull moment, and the writing was incredible. This book is definitely not for the weak stomached or the overly sensitive. It was really disturbing at some points (so much that I had to put the book down, which I never do) and really really gory. But what do you expect? It's a zombie apocalypse. You think they're won't be a couple limbs torn out here an
I loved this even more than the first, which surprised me.
I also loved the multiple perspectives, which also surprised me.

This book was even more fast paced than the first, I honestly couldn't stop reading. I think I finished it in about a day and a night. I kind of regret that because now I have to wait a whole year to find out what happens!! The whole reason I started this trilogy was to stop thinking about The Hunger Games, but now I can't stop thinking about Ashes!!!

I loved this book, and I
Full review to be posted soon.

This is three and half stars for me although I may need to think more about the grade. While I really enjoyed the first book Ashes, I was pretty frustrated with the main plot in this one which really suffers from middle book syndrome. The introduction of new characters and adding more POV chapters of other characters gave the book a weird kenetic tone and pace especially in the beginning. I also felt too much was going on and it was hard to follow.

But while I am not
Liz Wilkins
**4.5 stars**

Alex has escaped from Rule – but what new horrors face her in the ravaged world outside?
Tom is safe – but what will he risk to find Alex?
Chris – how much does he really know about the terrible darkness of Rule? And what are his true feelings for Alex?
Ellie – where is she?

Yes indeed. All questions I had when I had finished “Ashes” the first book in this trilogy. Some are answered – some are not – and I can hardly wait to find out how this one turns out for all involved. Monsters awai
*sigh* Who is this book written for? It can't be for the female population, at least, not the vast majority of females. I mean, sure, I like violence and gore but I'm an exception. Most women will cringe away from the blood and guts violence-pa-looza within the pages of this book. And because the first book in this series does pander to the female population, albeit in a bloody valentine type way, it is clearly more for teh ladies. This second book? I can't say. And honestly I don't want to know ...more
Shelby *wants some flying monkeys*
I actually liked this book. I would have gone with an higher starred review if the author hadn't switched points of view in the story so much. If it had not been recently that I had read the first one I would have been lost. Lots of gore in these books so if you don't like that kind of thing you might beware.
I'm too lazy to review this right now but if you want to hear me ramble about it, you can do that here. Apologies in advance for my nose-breathing.
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Christy (Novel Ink)
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 typ
Alex and Tom were separated after an attack by some Chuckies. Tom has been rescued by a military vet and his wife while Alex found refuge in Rule. All of that has changed once Alex escaped Rule to look for Tom. She has been overwhelmed and captured by a group of Changed whose leader looks remarkably like Chris Yaeger with whom she established a bond in Rule. Meanwhile Peter has led his group into an ambush and been captured by a survivalist group which is is experimenting on the Spared and the C ...more

I, like many other reviewers I've seen, am angry to have to give this book a low rating. I absolutely loved Ashes. I read Ashes about a year ago and have been awaiting the sequel. I didn't finish Shadows, I finally had to gave up with 100 pages to go. There were too many points of view with too many pages in between. I kept forgetting who people were, and why they were doing whatever it was that they were doing. You'd think with 500 pages there would be time differentiate the characters from on
Heidi Norrod

Rating and Review:

3/5 stars

Ms. Bick does it again with this second installment to the Ashes trilogy. If you read the first installment you're going to want to read the second...but after reading the second I'm disenheartened. If I read the third installment, I'm not sure I'll be in any hurry.

Actually reading this second book saddened me. While the first one had a strong plot and a single POV throughout the novel, Shadows I found confusing.

Several characters were introduced in the first book,
Holy poo. I feel like I've been violated, but in a good way. If that's possible. The love stories remain un-Twilighty, the internal politics remain opaque, but the violence has reached a whole new level.
Serial cannibalism, anyone?
I only have two problems with this book. The first is that there are too many characters having too many problems in too many places for the third book in the series to competently wrap up the story. Yes, I can follow multiple plotlines, but the problem is in the clim
By: ILSA J. Bick
This is one of the best fiction book I have ever read. If you want a hard back it costs around 13 to 14 dollars. This book has some length to it but the book is so good that it keeps you wanting more. I would advise this to a mature audience. Other books by Ilsa j. Bick include ashes, drowning instincts, and drawing dark.
This book is amazing it shows a lot of imagery and it makes you use your sense of smell. The book Shadows put your sense of smell to the extreme. It’s
I loved this but at the same time it was one of the most baffling books I have read in a while. It's my fault really for not re-reading Ashes but I couldn't really remember who anyone in Rule was and what their hinted backstory was.

As for Alex's journey, I'm not a fan of the whole 'as she stared certain, definite, deadly death in the face she refused to look away, locking his gaze and drinking in the very last face she would see, ever... Because she is seconds away from dying... Not kidding thi
Lenore Appelhans

I was a huge fan of ASHES, the predecessor to SHADOWS. My favorite part of ASHES was probably the cool way Bick integrated fringe science and made it believable and fun. So, I was unprepared for how much SHADOWS strayed into horror territory. This sequel is Brutal with a capital B. I often found myself skimming over the gruesome descriptions of cheek biting and shoulder flaying and flesh eating.

Even though SHADOWS was too hard-core for me, I did manage to finish it. There is a ton of action in t
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“with every vet Jed knew. He’d taken a bullet through the left eye, which was bad enough, but then the round’s diagonal trajectory had cored down and out the back of his head. In an instant, his left eye was jelly and his right occipital lobe went from functional to oatmeal. Technically, his right eye still worked, but the brain damage meant that, after ’Nam, he couldn’t read or recognize words. Color was gone, too. His waking world had existed in ashy shades of gray, although his dreams and the flashbacks were always in Technicolor. Worse, his brain had conjured eerie shimmers the Navy shrinks said were hallucinations, like visual phantom limbs. Like Grace, though … these days, he was different. Now he stood, looking up at that distant cabin. Oh, he was still blind in that left eye, the eyeball itself long gone and the socket filled with a plastic implant sheathed with flesh. He never had gotten around to getting fitted for an artificial eye, maybe because he didn’t mind making other people uncomfortable. Vietnam was wedged in his brain, good and tight, like a stringy piece of meat caught between his teeth that wouldn’t be dislodged for love or money. So why should everybody else forget if he couldn’t? But his good right eye still worked, nowadays better than ever, and that was what he aimed at the” 0 likes
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