This is very much a middle book in a trilogy, more so than usual, because if having not read Ashes I’d be bloody confused here. As it is, my memory doesn’t retain information for very long, so I forget who all the characters were to each other. And there are a lot of characters. Too many for my tiny brain.
In short: Shadows has a lot of action, violence, and cannibalism. My word, there is cannibalism. Good times, y’all.
But Shadows doesn’t work for me because it lacks context – it doesn’t mention the electromagnetic pulse that changed the world (or at least the parts of it in this novel). And Ashes was just getting into the medical/scientific implications, but Shadows has none of that. And I want my medical/scientific shiz, damn it! Instead, there’s a scary truth that certain tumours can grow skin, hair, nails, and eyeballs. Damn, tumours – you scary!
If the third book, Monsters, doesn’t give me science, I shall be disappointed. In the meantime, we have cannibalism. It’ll have to do.