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.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to EgmontUSA and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Ashes’ series, and picks up where book 1 ‘Ashes’ left off.
**Warning – Unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘Ashes’, I tried but it was very difficult to talk about this book without saying something about where Alex was when book 1 finished**
It’s difficult to give a summary of this book, especially trying to avoid spoilers, so I’m going to incorporate the summary into my review rather than doing it first.
This book was an interesting one, firstly because this book follows 3 different groups of people, compared to just following Alex. In book 1, when Alex loses Ellie and then Tom, we have no idea what has happened to them, or where they are, or anything at all really. The story focuses on Alex, and that’s all we know, which wasn’t the case with this book.
This book opens up with Tom! (In fact I was a little confused to begin with!) Tom has been staying with a couple that he ran into and has healed from his gunshot wound, he’s now intent on leaving and making his way to Rule to find Alex. Things don’t quite go to plan though when men with guns descend on the house and kill the couple he was staying with.
Alex was last seen surrounded by chuckies and without a weapon. She then finds herself tided to some other normal people, and herded off by the chuckies as a walking happy meal. This is pretty much where Alex finds herself for the rest of the book. (Can I just say how funny I find it that the cannibals are called ‘chuckies’? Don’t know where that came from but talk about strange! Some people over here in the UK would use the word chuckie to mean chicken, don’t know if that’s the same in the states. Have to say that I find it amusing though!)
The third group of people we follow are Chris, Nathan, and Lena, who have also left Rule. This is a little surprising really, although it seems that Chris and Lena may play an important role in the final book, and I’m interested to see what becomes of them!
I did enjoy this book, but it wasn’t as good as the first. It moved the story along, and it was enjoyable, but it mainly just all felt like build-up for the third book, kind of like a little bridge between the explosive first book and the big finale. Most of the book was spent travelling – Tom towards Rule, Chris towards Oren, and Alex with the chuckies. In fact, now that I think about it, pretty much the entire book was spent travelling, there was very little time spent in one place like Alex did in Rule in book 1. Surprisingly, the three parties did not meet up the way I expected them to stumble across one another at some point, so it looks like we’ll be waiting a little longer to find out when that will happen. There was also very little mention of Ellie at all.
I have to say that this series is gearing up for one hell of a third book though, and I am desperate to get my hands on a copy! I really can’t wait to see how this all ends!
Overall; not as good as the first, but gearing up for an explosive finale, definitely worth reading.
8 out of 10.