From the Series The Ashes Trilogy

  • Interest Level: Grade 9 - Grade 12
  • Reading Level: Grade 9

The Apocalypse does not end. The Changed will grow in numbers. The Spared may not survive. Even before the EMPs brought down the world, Alex was on the run from the demons of her past and the monster living in her head. After the world was gone, she believed Rule could be a sanctuary for her and those she’d come to love. But she was wrong.

Now Alex is in the fight of her life against the adults, who would use her, the survivors, who don’t trust her, and the Changed, who would eat her alive. Welcome to Shadows, the second book in the haunting apocalyptic Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters.

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Interest Level Grade 9 - Grade 12
Reading Level Grade 9
Genre Young Adult
Copyright 2012
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Carolrhoda Lab ®
Language English
Number of Pages 528
Publication Date 2012-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.5
Reading Counts! Points 27.0
Text Type Fiction—Science Fiction/Fantasy
BISACS YAF001020, YAF015000, YAF026000
Dewey [Fic]
Dimensions 5.1875 x 8
Lexile 730
ATOS Reading Level 4.9
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 154948
Accelerated Reader® Points 18.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Awards, and Reviewed


  • Kids’ Indie Next List (ABA), Winner, 2012
  • YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, Winner, 2012


The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

“Bick amps up both the gore and the suspense in an already hair-raising, edgy thriller series, and her prose style has grown even richer, offering imagery that is disturbingly vivid and horrifically, perversely beautiful at times….Readers should be warned to clear their calendars before they pick this up, because they won’t be doing much of anything else until they turn the last, cliff-hanging page. " —The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

Kirkus Reviews

“Plenty of mysteries and betrayals set up the trilogy’s forthcoming conclusion, which fans will eagerly await.” —Kirkus Reviews

Author: Ilsa J. Bick

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, surgeon wannabe, former Air Force major, and an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books, and novels. She has written extensively in the Star Trek, Battletech, Mechwarrior: Dark Age, and Shadowrun universes. Her original stories have been featured in numerous anthologies, magazines and online venues. Ilsa's YA paranormal, Draw the Dark, was also a semifinalist for the 2009 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award (as Stalag Winter). Ilsa currently lives with her family and other furry creatures in rural Wisconsin and across the street from the local Hebrew cemetery. One thing she loves about the neighbors: They're very quiet and come around for sugar only once in a blue moon.