By Ilsa J. Bick
Publication date: Sept. 25, 2012
Egmont USA, 528 pages
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.
Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.
— Goodreads.com description
Dear Past Anna,
Hi, Anna! I know you think it will be fun to read a book about the zombie apocalypse deep in the woods of Wisconsin while you are actually sitting outside in DEEP IN THE WOODS OF WISCONSIN. In reality, though, Anna, it’s not really the brightest idea. Rethink your plan here, dear.
Lord, I can be ridiculous sometimes. Truly, what was I thinking reading a book like this while in a remarkably similar setting? I mean, I read Ashes. I knew it was creepy as all get out. Soooo, why did I think Shadows would be any different?
Well, it wasn’t. And I freaked myself out. Every breaking branch I heard made me think someone was going to come cannibalize me. AHHHH!
You guys, this is probably the goriest book I’ve ever read. If you have problems with people eating other people’s faces off in graphic detail, you know…maybe this isn’t the book for you.
Aaaand now that I’ve warned you of that, what are you going to think of me when I tell you I enjoyed it? Well, I did.
I can’t get enough of survivalist stories, and this one’s the ultimate. Lord, it is brutal. There’s something about following characters at their most desperate moments that just straight-up appeals to me. Seriously, I’m a little worried about myself as I write this. I really need to meet Ilsa J. Bick. She sounds like a tough cookie, and I need to high-five her.
If you remember, I had a few problems with the second half of Ashes. Yeah, that carried on to Shadows. The characters I’ll call “Second-Half Characters” just never won me over, and I found myself wanting to skip through any part where they were mentioned. And it’s a looooooooooong book, so it was a bit of a struggle. That being said, I’m so thankful I plowed through. It took 500+ pages for me to get to the part I wanted, but when it finally happened…that ending…ahhh! If you’re brave and strong and fight through, you’ll see what I mean.