I know 821 pages is daunting, but I encourage you to read this unforgettable story, starting from the beginning with Ashes. She then snaps out of it and thinks of when the doctors first diagnosed her 'monster' or tumor, saying that it started back then. It quickly became tedious reading about a fight scene that seemed to go on for hours. Alex, Tom and even Ellie managed to become some of the characters that will stick in my mind for some time. The action was fun the first two times, but when every fight is drawn out move by move, I can care less, so yeah, I skipped probably half of the book. Why had some of the Changed held on to part of their humanity while others hadn't? Because we most certainly not given a reason, or even the hint of one. She does it in a way that isn't gratuitous.
This frustrated me so much! The story was challenging me and making me mad. But I actually really enjoyed the first book and I guess I just wanted to know how the story ended. There's more life to be lived together if they can survive Rule, and Alex thinks back on something her now deceased father told her about moving toward an uncertain future. The only gripe I have with the book is that there is no flipping way the characters could survive the trials that they go through, but then I just let go and said what the heck. Threats to human life are no less numerous or ghastly than before, but the endgame is drawing near, and soon the ultimate battle for survival will commence. The book was well-written, but really could have been shortened by 200 pages or so and focused more on the primary characters instead of the numerous secondary players.
I'm not one to cry over books too often but, boy, I cried like a baby during the last part of the book, The Long Walk, when Chris and Ellie scattered the ashes of their loved ones over the waterfall. And with that story arc I really lost my interest. Outcomes or resolutions with regard to specific plot elements are vague, but there is an inner character resolution present at the end of the book. But Monsters was needlessly long. This excessive ping-ponging between perspectives was even more tedious when all of it would sometimes happen within the same chapter. We get just a page or two and then are switched back and forth.
You have to know that. Alex has found Tom and Ellie is waiting for them. I did end up finishing it, but not without much zoning out and skimming. The Spared are out of time. Most soldiers count left feet. I wanna call it an abnormal brain. This could have been one of my all time favorite trilogies, but the last book was just a huge fail in my eyes.
I had no clue what drove or motivated the characters to do anything and there was absolutely no character arc or development. So, if there's a chance you've forgotten anything about this series, I wholeheartedly suggest a re-read. The plot for this series just derails through the countryside, getting hung up on these other group of characters and old histories for no good reason. No explanation on why she has that super smell or how she can jump behind the eyes of the changed. Ashes the ashes trilogy book 1 and millions of other books are available for instant access view kindle ebook view audible audiobook.
Like so many other teen trilogies, this one should have ended with the first one. A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise. Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! I needed so badly to know whether he picked up that chocolate bar or not, but I also love how Ilsa has allowed the reader to picture the ending in the way they desire it to be. I still don't get that. I kept my pacing timed so that I could savor the finale. No explanation on why she has that super smell or how she can jump behind the eyes of the changed.
Two days ago, when a group of kids got between him and the door, a flood of adrenaline drowned his mind and then he was in a cold sweat, heart pounding, thinking, Thirty-two rounds in the Uzi, nineteen in the Glock, five in the Bravo, as he methodically devised an escape route, which children to shoot and in what order he should kill them. Monsters was nothing short of atrocious. I eventually figured it out, but I still got confused. The Changed are still evolving. I'd really hoped for it to pick up, but instead, it spiraled further away from the spirit of what made me like the first book so much.
We like to keep things fresh. It's really aking me not want to read her next series in case she frustrates me again with that one. However, once again, I adore this style. I fell in love with Alex, Tom, Chris, and Ellie and I wanted them to all have a happy ending. All these small details, connecting all of the characters, building up to the breathtaking finale when all of the main characters come together in Rule.
Turning the mare, he watched as Weller slowed his own horse to a trot. The story was challenging me and making me mad. Monsters was probably the most intense book of the three, which is saying quite a bit. The Spared are out of time. The spiked trap sprung at the end of Shadows dealt him several mortal wounds, and there may be nothing Ellie or her new allies can do to save him.