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When we last saw Alex, she had been led into a trap by some of the people of Rule. Four zombies against one girl- you can probably guess what happens- or maybe not. Alex is a really tough cookie. We learn about Rule's horrible trade- safety for delivering humans to zombies. And Alex is caught right in the middle of it.
We are also given the story from other character's POV. We have Tom, who is living and recovering with an older couple, but who is determined to find Alex. We have Chris, Alex's love interest in Rule, and his journey to find Alex. And then we have several side plots about other characters doing experiments and strange things with zombies.
Well, this was a hard one. The story starts out so well. I loved the first few chapters. They start right up with Alex and were everything I was looking for, even the violence is hard core. Let me point out, somehow Bick managed to make this book even more gory than Ashes, wow.
However, then POV switches began, and I was lost in a haze of sub plots. I really don't care much about the people in Rule, and yet practically the whole second book involves them. I can see the book being told from Alex and Tom's view, but there are at least 5 sub stories going on, and we don't get back to Alex until over a quarter of the way through the book, and then we only come back to her occasionally.
That being said, I can see where Bick is heading. All of the sub plots are discovering new information about the zombies and the plague. The discoveries are cool and add a deeper dimension to the story, it's just that it was done in too many story lines.
Ashes is definitely the better book, but, I am so pulled into this story that I will continue to wait for book 3 and see what finally happens to Alex. Heads up- huge cliff hanger ending, just like book 1.
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