by Ilsa J. Bick
Released: September 25th 2012
Genre:Fiction- YA: Post- Apocalyptic
How I got it: Bought it
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.
Review:Alex has lost everyone she cares about, for the time being she's safe. Yet the longer she's in Rule the more she see's it's not the safe haven she thought it was. The Council rules the town with an iron fist and nothing or nobody is what they appear to be. In this new world it seems everyone has a secret and some are more deadly than others.
There's a lot of downtime as Alex plans, and plots. For a good portion of the book it's only Alex leaving the reader's who have read the first book ( which I'd highly suggest) to wonder what happen to Tom and Ellie. Alex is not the only POV at this time, she shares the lime light with Chris and Peter two young men she meets in Rule. Chris also becomes something of a love intrest for Alex, which I have to admit I didn't like at all. I kept wanting Tom to bust into town and sweep Alex away. Of course this doesn't happen.
In my opinion the book really didn't pick up until the second half, when things start coming together or falling apart depends on which characters point of view you look at the plot from. Also this is where the action and tension pick up so that helps too. We also learn what happened to Tom in this part of the book.
I really love Alex and Tom's characters they are both tough and tenacious. Neither want to give up on the people they love, even though they have no idea if those people are alive or dead. This hope drives them to incredible lengths, pushing against crazy odds for the elusive happy ever after.
The world Ms Bick has created is desolate and fierce. With these young people growing up fast to not only survive the elements and starvation but also creatures that were once friends and family. On top of fighting off a cannibalistic teenage horde, the survivors must figure out who they can trust when all the adults seem to have some sort of agenda. This trilogy keeps getting better and better. I never know what will happen or how the plot will twist keeping me on my toes and flipping pages like crazy. The cliff hanger ending had me reaching for book three as soon as this one was over.