Monsters: The Ashes Trilogy

Monsters: The Ashes Trilogy

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by Ilsa J. Bick
     
 

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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

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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. Releases simultaneously in electronic book format (ISBN 978-1-60684-444-1)

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VOYA - Matthew Weaver
Bick continues the epic adventure she began in Ashes (Egmont, 2011/VOYA October 2011) and then picked up again in Shadows (Egmont, 2012). A reader should not try to read Monsters as a stand-alone novel—Ashes sets the stage, and then much occurs in the second book—because the reader spends much of the third book trying to catch his or her breath. But Bick does not allow much time for that, as we follow at least three major heroes and a host of indistinguishable minor supporting characters through a post-apocalyptic zombie world in which people are trying to survive or are transforming into monstrous creatures. Alex, the kick-butt heroine of Ashes, loses a lot of her originality and fire as Bick throws crisis upon crisis at her, then casts her aside for nearly half the book. Readers get more out of Chris, who struggles to stay alive, and Ellie, the annoying young girl from the first book, who inherits Alex's crown as the heroine whom readers love. But Bick devotes more time to action than deepening her characters, resulting in an unwieldy, convoluted tale that will exhaust even the most dedicated of fans. Bick even acknowledges that she covers a lot of ground with a refresher on her website. Ashes was a VOYA Perfect Ten in 2011, so Bick is more than capable of a strong story. Monsters makes the mistake of burying its heart beneath too much noise. It is there, beating faintly, but it is hard to hear over all the clatter and screaming. Reviewer: Matthew Weaver
Kirkus Reviews
2013-08-15
All of the Ashes Trilogy storylines converge in this action-packed series conclusion. Picking up immediately where Shadows (2012) left off, indomitable heroine Alex again claws her way out of one danger and into another. Rescued from a cave-in by Wolf, she rejoins the Changed, despite the risk of ending up on the menu, and gradually learns Wolf's and Peter's secrets. Meanwhile, other familiar faces reappear, each belonging to one of various other small groups scrapping for survival. The jarring narration jumps back and forth between Alex's story and the other characters', often in short bursts with deadly-peril parallels in characters' situations. There are so many near brushes with death that, at times, danger becomes tedious and expected, losing some tension. It's recovered through well-crafted sentences, especially Bick's signature, deliberate cliffhanger chapter endings that ensure that readers won't be able to stop until they've reached the climactic showdown. As the novel progresses, the seemingly disparate storylines bleed into one another more and more, and connections and relationships among factions and characters are clarified as all storylines converge on Finn's grudge against Rule, his influence on other characters and the terrifying results of his experiments on his Changed army. The ending wraps up most questions but still leaves enough mystery for readers to dwell on. An opus of blood, gore and pain that will leave fans breathless. (Horror. 14 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606844441
Publisher:
EgmontUSA
Publication date:
09/10/2013
Series:
Ashes Trilogy Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
688
Sales rank:
45,690
Lexile:
HL770L (what's this?)
File size:
3 MB
Age Range:
14 Years

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