It is very rare that I am satisfied with the ending of a YA trilogy/series. At the end of Monsters I felt breathless, my chest contracting, like I'd b...moreIt is very rare that I am satisfied with the ending of a YA trilogy/series. At the end of Monsters I felt breathless, my chest contracting, like I'd been running a marathon. I feel slightly exhausted. I devoured this in two days, unable to put it down amid all my study, hoping and hoping that somehow, things would turn out alright.
Needless to say, Monsters, a huge chunk of a novel promising a lot, did not disappoint me. I was flipping those pages so quickly, so worried about what would happen to Alex and Tom and Ellie. I needed to know, and I needed to know now! Unfortunately, I still couldn't feel the same attachment to Chris and Peter and Wolf and the other characters, and so while their chapters were interesting and were essential to the story to show what was happening elsewhere and to tie up all the ends, a lot of the time I couldn't wait to get to the end in the hope that the next chapter would be Alex or Tom or Ellie. So many times they were so close to one another and I just wished they would all be reunited. Always a sucker for a happy ending.
Speaking of endings - this one was interesting. I'm still intrigued. I want to know what happened next! Where they went, what they did. I didn't realise until I got there that I wasn't ready for this to end yet. But a story like this doesn't really end. There was so much left, so much to rebuild. And what would be waiting for them at Houghton? It feels like a cliffhanger to a TV show, knowing that there won't be any more because it's been axed. Frustrating! I want to hang on to Alex and Tom and Ellie a little more. I want to know more about what caused the EMP in the first place, what happened to the rest of the world? On the other hand, for Alex it doesn't really matter at the moment. All they're thinking of is how to get through each day. They've defeated enemies before, but there will be more. There will always be more in a crazed apocalyptic world. After everything they've gone through, though, I think they can handle it. Possibly one of the strongest teams in YA lit. There is everything to love about this series.(less)
Wow I hate the exam period. I just want to hide away somewhere with these books and not be disturbed by anyone until I make it to the end, as breathle...moreWow I hate the exam period. I just want to hide away somewhere with these books and not be disturbed by anyone until I make it to the end, as breathless as if I'd been running a marathon. That's how I feel now, at the end of Shadows and I can just imagine what Monsters will be like, as it stares up at me from the top of my TBR pile next to my bed.
A warning, though, if you're thinking of reading these books: They are not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of bloody, gory descriptions and characters that you don't expect to die, will probably die. Out of nowhere. And really you know you should expect it, but you don't. Shadows is very graphic, even more so than Ashes, its predecessor. Personally, as horrible as it may be (lucky I don't nightmare easy), I think it really adds to the drama and the realness of the book. It's like a movie, watching it all unfold in my mind. And it may be horrible, but I guess that's just life in an apocalypse.
The only problem I had with this book, is that unlike Ashes, which was all from Alex's point of view, we now have multiple POVs. And while I am so glad that Tom is back in the story again (!!), it's hard to follow Chris and Peter's individual POVs and keep a handle on everything that's going on. Believe me, there's a lot going on here! I am enjoying the increasing complexities of the story (and I have so many questions keeping me reading!) but I just wish that the various character storylines were handled better. I will be really getting into one and then all of a sudden it changes, then I get sucked into the next one and forget what the others are doing. However, the insight into the other characters and the other events going on is good. It doesn't make you feel as blinded as to what else is happening out there, outside of where Alex is, and I think that's the point.
(view spoiler)[I can't believe they were so close to one another! I could feel my heart breaking a bit as she's shouting at him to run and he didn't want to, but they're tearing him away and just OH MY GOD. You have no idea how much I hope they find each other. (hide spoiler)]Monsters, the next book, is a big read by the look of it and I can't wait to get it into it and have some (all!) of my questions answered (hopefully!)["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)