The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now.
When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn’t get much worse-until the doctors found the monster in her head.
She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death.
Now, with no hope of rescue-on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won’t quit-she discovers a new and horrifying truth.
The Change isn’t over.
The Changed are still evolving.
And…they’ve had help.
With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning readers to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply.
A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise
Once again in Monster, Ilsa J. Bick delivers on the nonstop action as we reach the conclusion of her Ashes trilogy. I had to start Monsters right away after Shadows, these books are just addicting! I’ve never read books that had SO much action going on all at the same time with all the various characters. It’s truly a survival adventure filled with so many twists and turns and plenty of agonizing suspense.
Monsters is what could be termed a “wrist breaker,” I think I probably gained some muscle while I was reading its full 815 pages. I loved every minute of it even though I felt bad that my other books were getting neglected because it took me so long to read Monsters. I can’t believe I’m going to say this because I hardly ever think it, even with large books – but I think Monsters could’ve been a bit shorter (just a small bit) and still made the same impression and reached the same conclusion, without the plot suffering. Sometimes I needed to give my brain – and my racing heart a rest from the action! I don’t think I’ve had to do that in quite awhile. And yet, even as I say it could be shorter, I got to the last page and thought to myself “damn, I want more!” So take that for what it’s worth!
Once again we are in the thick of things..,things coming together and other things falling apart. Monsters out of all the books deals the most with not only dealing with this new life of fighting for survival, not knowing who to trust but also, whether they can trust themselves. They’re fighting multiple fronts. We see the toll it takes on each of the characters, even the side characters.
I have to say I loved all the characters, even the horrible ones, I loved to hate them with a passion. The Changed, some I hated with all my being and some wormed their way into my heart. You see Bick has created this world where everything isn’t black and white and nothing is easy. I love that. Hell, some of the humans you hate more than the people-eaters!
I cried at the end, I did. It was so moving. After all they’ve been through and where they hope to go. You see them giving up and letting go of some of the things weighing them down and it’s so beautiful and heartfelt.
The very last page is what had me wanting more! I’m begging you Ilsa, please, please, please! Once you get there you’ll know what I’m talking about. The ending is very satisfying in a lot of ways, there is just an unresolved question about one character that can’t help but be in your heart for hope..I want to KNOW.
Monsters is also about choices. At so many points Alex or Ellie, Tom, Chris and the others could give up, could succumb, especially Alex, and yet she tries to use her monster in the best way possible. Alex and her monster fascinated me. I wanted all the answers that Alex desired too.
What is my final recommendation? Ask yourself: do you love post-apocalyptic novels with a TON of action? Do you like unique zombie books? If your answer is yes to any of these then go strap on your Uzi, grab your glock and run to your nearest book haven and snag a copy. Let me rephrase that “pay or borrow a copy” – the weapons are merely for personal protection from the hordes of Changed. And if you’re out of weapons, that’s ok too, I’m sure you’ll survive one trip to the store – which means you should buy Ashes, Shadows and Monsters at the same time, just to be on the safe side.
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