Monsters by Ilsa J. BickMonsters by Ilsa J. Bick


byIlsa J. Bick

Hardcover | September 1, 2013

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The Hunger Games mixes with The Walking Dead in this post-apocalyptic YA series that comes to a hair-raising conclusion in Monsters.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 will rise.
Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former air force major, and award-winning author of short stories and novels. Ilsa lives with her family in Alabama.
Title:MonstersFormat:HardcoverDimensions:688 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 2.11 inPublished:September 1, 2013Publisher:Lerner Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1606841777

ISBN - 13:9781606841778

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intense......... Let me first start off by saying i could not finish this book. I wanted to, i wanted to read it and love it but i didn't have it in me. Seriously. Ashes is fantastic, Shadows is a bit of a disappointment but still solid, and Monsters, at least from what i read, is super descriptive and action packed - but in the way that is like "come on, can we pleeeease move on now?" I did skim the book to see the ending, and the events leading up to it, and i'll have more on that later. I love Alex. Honestly, she's great. For her and others, there is a lot of character development, which i always love to see. I like how i expected a love triangle but we don't get one, not really, which, because of the guy she ends up with, (no telling... but i love him), makes me super happy. Wolf/Simon is probably the best part of the story. That element and the monster inside Alex's head, and the ending, are my favourite aspects because it is just so different, different from any dystopian or zombie or ten action book. It's remarkable, and the pure, raw ideas that are formed about staying sane and how Alex is having an internal battle - amazing. Also, the characters are real, they have doubts, make mistakes, and they're not all strong, they don't just get over an intense fight just like that. The language used can be boring but i like how it's mature, the labels of guns and equipment and other stuff is impressive and sometimes confusing, but i like how readers aren't treated like kids. We also aren't given the information on a silver platter, we interoperate a lot (THE ENDING OH MY GOODNESS) and have to see beyond the written words. Although the writing can be too descriptive and lagging, it is strong and really emotional. Although i didn't read the full book, and i don't LOVE the book, when i read some of the scenes near the ending, i cried. Powerful stuff. I really respect Bick. The direction she took with this series is bold, and for the most part, i like it. But then there are things i really don't like: way too many characters, so many i couldn't keep track; too many POVs that switch too quickly, some unnecessary. But i get it, for the direction in which Bick takes the story, its necessary to have every, and i mean EVERY, side of the story - which part of me likes, but the other part of me is screaming out "I DONT CARE ABOUT THIS." It's an unnecessarily long book with super descriptive scenes, and with this comes a lot of confusion and re-reading. You have to concentrate when you read this book, pay attention, or at least i have to. It's hard to keep track with what is going on to each individual character and their situation. Cliffhangers can be good but when they drag on and are cut off so short, it gets frustrating and i lose interest. Ellie comes back into this book but her POV is much too mature for a girl her age. Then there's the ending. If you like clean-cut endings where everything is answered, everyone is safe, everything is fine and you completely know with absolute certainty that they will be okay, you probably won't like the conclusion to this series. I like those endings, but i always find some major flaw, so i usually like the other sort of ending. So, for the ending of the Ashes trilogy, I completely love it. It's not like intensely dark where everyone dies and there is no hope; there's hope for a better tomorrow, some characters are saved and are together and are looking up, others are dead, but you know, you can't have it all. No but honestly, I really love the ending. Since i didn't read the whole book cover to cover, it was hard to figure out what was happening, but when i did i fell in love. There's no real ending, there may aswell be another book coming out for all we know, but it gives readers a chance to decide their own ending for their beloved characters. (I know the following won't make sense unless you read the book but i really wanna add it so here it is, and no spoilers: Will *he* take the chocolate? If *he* does, is this an opening for more danger? For another love triangle? What will happen???) These questions drive me crazy but i like how it drives me crazy, you know? I love it. And even though we don't get the answers to, well, to 95% of the questions about the Changed and the circumstances surrounding the whole EMPs, i feel satisfied and content. I mean, my mind is whirring because of the insane amount of places the story can lead to beyond the final page, but i am so glad that this is the way Bick is ending this epic story. So although there are some major annoyances i cannot get past, this series is strong, and the way it ends, despite probably annoying the heck out of most readers, is, in my opinion, fantastic. The emotions between Alex and that person - both of those persons, the man she "walks with" and the man whom she talks to on the final page - jump out of the pages and into the readers. Yes, both Shadows and Monsters do not live up to my expectations or standards, and both could be cut down a lot if the plot wasn't so jumpy and dependant on so many individual characters, BUT Bick takes the classic zombie end-of-the-world story and changes it to a completely different one. The story she takes us on is fantastic. I guess most of the POVs are necessary and makes the story more intense, but i think the way it is written - the slow pace, cliffhangers that aren't exciting because they're blocked by descriptive and long writing and other meaningless chapters on another person - change the feel and, for me, make it a lot less enjoyable. The writing may drag on when the story is centred on a slow-paced action scene, but when Bick gets down to business, she GETS DOWN TO BUSINESS and i mean, how can you not feel your heart pound when "What happened next was for them, and them alone." DO YOU EVEN HAVE A HEART PEOPLE???? THAT LINE KILLED ME!!!!! So i may not have read the entire series, every book completely, but i do feel connected to the characters - some, the ones i like, including Wolf - and that ending is A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. No jokes, i am stunned, by the boldness Bick has to cut off her series that way, by the way it ends, by the emotions on the pages before it ends, before that life-changing line, and by the sheer brilliance to depict a topic so intense and thought provoking, about monsters inside of you and how they can have a life of their own - i know this is an end-of-the-world an-EMP-just-made-me-crazy story, but i think this could be taken and put in real life, just alter the backstory a little bit and you may very well know someone with a darkness inside of them. It's haunting, actually, the realistic aspects of this story. I love it because of the ending. The emotions. Alex. Tom. Chris. Ellie. Wolf. Religion and cult talks. How mind blowing it is. How it's realistic. How different it is. Yet i hate it because of how different it is. I hate how that results in too many POVs. And the emotion is a positive product of the writing, but i can think of other negatives. All in all, the series as a whole is strong. But each book grows weaker - until the ending... :) I know this review probably does not help you guys, and many aren't reading this far, but i hope you know that this series is worth a read. You may love it, cherish it, be thrilled by it and read the whole thing in two days - or you may hate it. Or you can be like me and have complicated, confusing feelings and thoughts- But the ending can make or break a series for me. I am so glad that, after reading the conclusion, my heart is fluttering in my chest and i'm in awe. Maybe that tells you more than anything else. How the ending makes a reader feel. Although, as young, good Miley Cyrus says, it's about the climb, the story, not where you end up. But surly the ending is important too, no? There i go, confusing feelings and thoughts. Sorry :)
Date published: 2014-05-04