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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.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 680 pages
  • 145 x 213 x 53mm | 757g
  • Minneapolis, United States
  • English
  • 1606841777
  • 9781606841778
  • 596,843

About Ilsa J Bick

ILSA J. BICK is a child psychiatrist, film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed, award-winning YA novels include Draw the Dark, Drowning Instinct, Ashes (a 2011 VOYA Perfect Ten) and Shadows. Ilsa currently lives in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they're very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. Visit her online at or and follow her on Facebook and Twitter @ilsajbick.
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4,919 ratings
3.73 out of 5 stars
5 32% (1,566)
4 29% (1,451)
3 24% (1,185)
2 10% (480)
1 5% (237)

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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Egmont USA and Edelweiss.) This is book 3 in the 'Ashes' series, and picks up where book 2 'Shadows' left off. **Warning - some unavoidable spoilers for books 1 and 2 'Ashes', and 'Shadows'.** Alex is stuck in the mine which has just exploded; time is running out if she wants to survive. Tom blames himself for Alex's death, and vows to kill Chris if he ever meets him. Chris is pinned beneath an iron spiked tiger trap and death is imminent. Peter is Finn's prisoner and is faced with a choice to eat human flesh or die. Will the monster in Alex's head finally kill her or will she drown in the mine? Will Tom kill Chris, or will he already be dead from the Tiger trap? What has happened to Lena? And will these kids ever meet up again? This book was pure action right from the start. A riveting, adrenalin fuelled, crazy journey from start to finish. Let's start by saying that this book itself is a monster, at over 800 pages it took me hours to get through, but thankfully it was hours well spent! This book started out right where book 2 left off, and was literally life-or-death moment, after life-or-death moment, after life-or-death moment. The story alternated between Alex, Chris, Tom, Ellie, and Peter, so we were really living several stories, and each had their own problems in the chuckie-infested cesspit that was this dystopian America. Every time one disaster was averted, another was upon us, and this was one hell of a crazy ride! I did feel that this high-adrenalin stuff petered out towards the middle of the book, but we were still left following the different characters, and hoping that somehow they would find their way back to each other. The body count kept on piling up, and things looked bleaker and bleaker, and yet more problems arose. Funnily enough I wasn't expecting the paranormal storyline that arose in this book, as it seemed that someone had developed the ability to telepathically control some of the chuckies, which did seem a little out-of-place, but thankfully the high-octane stuff made up for this. The ending of this story was fitting, and I liked how although not everything was wrapped up and tied with a bow, we were given hope that things would work out okay. I do think that this has been an amazing trilogy, and a wonderful dystopian/zombie story, and I will definitely be reading this author's next book! Overall; an adrenalin filled finale to this amazing dystopian trilogy. 8.75 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
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