Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Monsters by Ilsa Bick

Monsters (Ashes Trilogy #3)
By Ilsa Bick
Published by Egmont, 2013
688 pages (hardcover)

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. (from barnesandnoble.com)

Yet again… don’t read this during the winter or at night. There are just some gory, disturbing parts that are best not read before you begin dreaming. I’m not saying I didn’t enjoy this book. In fact, this is a great series to read. I am just saying there are some freaky parts that creeped me out.   

Monsters is told from the point of view of various main characters. Sometimes multiple points of view are ok, but in this book, I felt like the different characters’ stories switched so often that I got confused and couldn’t get into any one story as much as I would have liked. Although the manic nature of the assorted narrators did somewhat reflect the manic nature of the book, it made Monsters difficult to read at times. 

But, overall, Monsters was an intriguing final book to this trilogy. It was a bit techy/sciencey/manic at times, but it fit with the book and situation and characters. AND the ending isn’t totally depressing so that is a plus!

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