Thursday, September 19, 2013

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick

Monsters by Ilsa J. Bick
Release Date: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Brilliance Corporation

The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The 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.  -

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!


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