It’s rare for the second book in a trilogy to not suffer from some sort of “middle book syndrome” — but that’s just simply not the case with Shadows by Ilsa J. Bick.
Picking up where Ashes left off, Shadows is even more action-packed and filled with mystery than the first book in this thrilling zombie horror series. The first book alone reminded me of Stephen King’s work, and Shadowsmore than Ashes is strikingly similar in theme and tone to The Stand. The apocalypse never looked so frightening — or so delightful to read about.
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.
In Shadows,Bick brilliantly builds upon the world she created in Ashes — layering in complex new twists that will keep the reader eagerly turning pages and on the figurative edge of their seat. Throughout the novel’s entirety, we get to follow multiple characters as the story unfolds. By the book’s gripping, cliffhanger ending, we’re left with a much broader view of this post-apocalyptic world than on the first page — and yet, even more mysteries abound.
One of the freshest new voices on bookstore shelves today, Shadows is a thrilling, compelling saga that does not disappoint. Look for it in stores on September 25th.