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Monsters (Ashes Trilogy Series #3)

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

I have been a great fan of this series from the very beginning,

I have been a great fan of this series from the very beginning, not only because I'm into the zombie-apocalypse type stories, but also because it was written by this author and in such a phenomenal way. This story was exciting, epic, and had such amazing characters in ...
I have been a great fan of this series from the very beginning, not only because I'm into the zombie-apocalypse type stories, but also because it was written by this author and in such a phenomenal way. This story was exciting, epic, and had such amazing characters in it.

Alex has got to be one of my favorite characters ever. Her bravery in facing a killing illness notwithstanding, she's also so extraordinarily brave in the face of what is happening all around her. This is a tough girl, one that is afraid, but pushes past it because that's what needs to happen. If something must be done, she just does it... no angsting around about it. She is smart, so resourceful that she amazed me sometimes, and self-sacrificing... but not in the "I'm being a martyr" sort of way, but in a way, better me than them way. What's not to love about this girl?

Then there is Tom. I loved this guy from the first time he stepped onto the page. He's a bit older, a soldier, and resourceful as well. It was, for me, an instant connection between him and Alex. They are absolutely perfect for each other in every way, and yet the spend the majority of the story apart. Does this detract from the story in any way? Not at all. The goal of each is to find each other again, and along the way, they meet others that end up being just as important to the story.

I think that's one of the things that made this story more epic... the fact that there is a large cast of characters, and you love them. They are each individual, have their own personalities and struggles, and you root for each. The story doesn't just belong to Alex and Tom. The subplots were so well-developed, and just as interesting.

This last installment to the series was so action-packed that I felt like I finished it in no time, despite the fact that the book was rather long. It was a great end to the trilogy.... I loved how it all worked out. If I had any complaints at all, I might have liked to see more on what actually caused the problem in first place, but I wasn't disappointed that I didn't know more. It was just too good a book to really fret over it. Awesome story!

posted by Readergirl_Revus on September 21, 2013

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Let me start by saying my son and I are huge fans of this series

Let me start by saying my son and I are huge fans of this series. It's been about a year since the second book, Shadows, came out, so I was glad Monsters included a cast of characters (there are many secondary ones) and summary of who's where and doing what at the end ...
Let me start by saying my son and I are huge fans of this series. It's been about a year since the second book, Shadows, came out, so I was glad Monsters included a cast of characters (there are many secondary ones) and summary of who's where and doing what at the end of the second book. Unfortunately, that part began on page 673, when I was already finished with the book. Had it been in the first few pages of the book, my reading experience would have been tremendously improved.

I'm glad I finished this series, although I feel like the original storyline got lost along the way. The first book, and to some extent the second, focused more on Alex and her situation, how far she'd go to survive and protect her loved ones, the decisions she made, and discovering her limits. Monsters had so many varying POV's that it was hard to keep up at times. The action sequences carried on for pages, especially in the first several chapters. It quickly became tedious reading about a fight scene that seemed to go on for hours. Typically, action scenes are designed to make the reader want to keep reading, being unable to put down the book. In this case, it just make me skim through the pages to see what happened when it was finally over.

Although the second book left me feeling as if a love triangle between Alex, Tom, and Chris would be the focus of the third book, it was practically nonexistent, and for that, I was grateful; however, the relationship between Alex and Wolf left me scratching my head and was never really resolved.

The ending of the book was ambiguous and left many unanswered questions - Who was behind the EMP's? Why were some spared and what was their purpose? Why had some of the Changed held on to part of their humanity while others hadn't? - just to name a few. Some of the mysteries from the first book that held my attention were never solved and left me very frustrated.

The book was well-written, but really could have been shortened by 200 pages or so and focused more on the primary characters instead of the numerous secondary players. I would also strongly suggest moving the character and previous book summaries to the front of the book instead of the back.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

posted by tpolen on September 10, 2013

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