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 quickly learns that there are no safe havens anymore. Torn apart from Tom and Ellie, she's on her own and desperate to find her friends.
In a post-apocalyptic world full of savagery, 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.
Shadows, the second book in the Ashes trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick, picks up right where the first book left off. There were some differences to writing style in this book that I loved, though I loved the first book too. Since our main characters were all split up by the end of the first novel, this second one goes from person to person back and forth throughout the chapters. I've read a lot of books with this kind of style/structure and there are always those who do it far better than their peers and Shadows is one of the better ones. Some books make me want to skip certain chapters to read more about one character or another but I didn't feel that with this one.
This continuation of the story is also just as well written as the first. It is also, I would add, just as gross as the first. Her descriptions of things are just so accurate that sometimes I feel sick reading it ha ha. What an amazing talent she has. I will say that, along with the injuries and illnesses she explains so well, there is also some more mature subject matter that crops up in this one a little more than the first. Younger readers may want to steer clear until they are a bit older and more mature.
There isn't a lot of time that passes by in this one yet so much happens and the story really gets moved along. There are some surprises, some heart breaking scenes, and there's just a lot of good action. I loved this book just as much as the first one and I can't wait to read the next one. I would definitely recommend it to anyone (maybe 16 and older would be best) as long as you're not squeamish. If you are...skip some stuff. Go pick it up! Read it! It's awesome!