Bick's skill at scene setting, description of actions and ultimately delving into the true personalities of her characters is unprecedented within the YA genre. She's got spooky down pat and the suspense is maddening (just finish the sentence, please!!!!). A great second installment to the Ashes trilogy.
This was an excellent book and a stronger continuation from the first novel in the series. I found I couldn't predict which way the story would go nor tell if the characters would really get through the dangers or not. I also enjoyed the fact that the author is not recreating another "Hunger Games type love triangle" or if she is it is not a dominate part to the story.
But I do agree with some of the other comments that mention this story is not for the faint of heart - she really puts her characters through the grinder!
Ilsa Bick is a very compelling author. Even though the storyline is dark, unhopeful and downright depressing, her writing style made me want to keep on reading. Still hoping for a glimmer of happiness to shine through here, and maybe in the third volume of the trilogy, dare I hope that there is some sort of resolution and happy ending? Got a bit confusing with the different characters split up and narrating their own adventures, but overall well done, if very depressing. Bick's take on a future apocalypse is very dismal.
i HATE how it ends!!i dont kare the world shouse of went back to normal and a lot of people shoude of lived!! the ending made me cry ToT this book un like the other the 1st book swiches frome difrent peoples vew and i love that ^_^ i wish there was 3rd book. >_<
After reading some of these comments I was a little slow at picking this book up. I did however and I enjoyed it. It is a little confusing how Bick continuously switches between characters views from chapter to chapter but overall I think it is a decent read.
I would like to know what the heck is going on with Peter as well. And what on earth is Lena doing?
This book has convinced me that Ilsa Bick creates fictional characters for one purpose: to make them suffer, graphically and horrifically. She tells a good story with an onslaught of adrenaline and suspense that is compelling, but she dwells so lovingly on her constant descriptions of violence, from its contemplation and anticipation to the guns and other tools of its trade to its execution and implementation to its effects and consequences. She depicts a completely bleak image of humanity as lacking in all compassion, generosity, and selflessness and coats it in violence porn. Even as I kept reading to find out what would happen next, I kept asking myself just what I was getting out of the experience. And I'm not really sure. Bick is too good a writer for me to dock her down to two stars for my lack of enjoyment, but I doubt I'll be finishing the series.
i really enjoyed reading this book, but the ending is soo annoying!i want to know what happens next in this book,not the next one!itwas confusing and some parts are really freaky and gross
Utterly confusing. Somehow Bick skews off of the zombie-apocalyptic world, and the relationship with the Chuckies, those in Rule, the military, and everyone else is completely tangled and all over the place. What in the world is going on with Chris and Peter? Why does Alex not leave the band of the Changed? Whatever happened to Emmy? The only part I really enjoyed were the short, clipped scenes describing Tom's actions after he was saved by an elderly couple. Yes, I admit Bick is excellent at horro fiction- her scenes of carnage and bloody fights the Changed have are certainly gruesome enough. The novel is fast-paced and action- packed as well, but the plot is a bit lacking.
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