The Better to Hear You
I know about blood and bone and how bodies decompose.
I know about shadows and stones and hatchets.
I know what a last cry for help sounds like.
I know what blood looks like on my own hands.
What I don't know:
what do the living owe the dead?
"Bick (Drowning Instinct) crafts a powerful tale of bigotry and murder in small-town Wisconsin....a potent examination of teenage emotions and reactions to peer and parental pressures, and to the evil that people are capable of." --*starred*, Publishers Weekly
"Bick's compelling tale manages to be a blistering confessional and a page-turning whodunit (or maybe what-really-happened) all in one... Readers won't be able to look away even if they find they don't much like—or trust—Ben." --*starred,* Kirkus Reviews
The Apocalypse does not end.
The Changed will grow in numbers.
The Spared may not survive.
"The world's gone completely to hell...Plenty of mysteries and betrayals set up the trilogy’s forthcoming conclusion, which fans will eagerly await."--Kirkus Reviews
"...a thrilling series ... Bick really reaches down into hell and explores the souls (or lack thereof) of truly depraved people."--Examiner.com
"...an exceptionally well-developed look at one way in which the end of the world could play out."--Horn Book
"...Bick brilliantly builds upon the world she created in Ashes — layering in complex new twists that will keep the reader eagerly turning pages and on the figurative edge of their seat. --NovelNovice.com
"...[Shadows] takes the bloodshed to a whole new level ... rumor and miscommunication abound to the extent that readers are unsure of what is true. And, as with the first volume, a cliff-hanger ending means that most of these questions won’t be answered."--School Library Journal
"Shadows ends with a boom...keeps you hooked until the very last moment."--Cari's Book Blog
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It could happen tomorrow.
A cataclysmic event.
An army of "The Changed."
How can one teen survive on her own?
--2011 VOYA PERFECT TEN
--2011 PA SCHOOL LIBRARY ASSOCIATION YA TOP 40 TITLE
--2012 YALSA TOP TEN TEEN NOMINEE
--2012 YALSA BEST FICTION LIST NOMINEE
--2012 FLAMINGNET TOP CHOICE AWARD WINNER
--2012 OUTSTANDING BOOK BY A WISCONSIN AUTHOR
-- --2012-2013 SOUTH DAKOTA YOUNG ADULT READING PROGRAM BOOK AWAY MASTER LIST TITLE
"A haunting and epic story of survival in a shattered world. ASHES is a must read."--
"Gripped me from beginning to end--dark, creepy, suspenseful. I loved it."--James Dashner
"If Cormac McCarthy and Justin Cronin bore a lovechild . . . Ilsa J. Bick would be their bouncing baby girl."--randomactsofreading.com
"Splendidly paced apocalyptic zombie horror ends with a thrilling, terrifying cliffhanger."--Kirkus Reviews
“Bick delivers an action-packed tale of an apocalypse unfolding, launching a trilogy with flair.”
"Bick has written a thriller of a post-apocalyptic novel."
"...(a) thoroughly unputdownable story with an off-the-charts creep factor."
"...a harrowing apocalyptic survival tale that brims with true horror ... No one's survival is guaranteed here."
"...an impeccable sci-fi/horror balance, quick pace, and risky storytelling..."
"Bick takes the best of post-apocalyptic, zombie fiction...and adds the exact thing that has been sorely lacking from those genres: girl power... a real girl with brains and heart, just trying to survive in a world that is out to eat her alive."
I don't want to tell this story, and you know why?
Because this is a fairy tale with teeth and claws.
But this is the truth: I 'm a liar.
I am lucky, a liar, a good girl, a princess, a thief--and a killer.
And my reality--
begins with Mr. Anderson.
A 2012 FLAMINGNET TOP CHOICE AWARD WINNER
"...a compelling study of brokenness that persists across generations and of salvation by unconventional means."
--A RECOMMENDED READ, Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books
"Bick ...writes about dysfunction with a professional's insight."
"Bick's deft handling of a controversial subject will have readers waiting to see what she writes next."
"DROWNING INSTINCT builds and builds ... while there are many monsters in the story, some are more monstrous than others."
"...takes hold of you and doesn't let you go until the very last page."
--Ashley Perez, author of The Knife and the Butterfly
"Intense, suspenseful, passionate...Insanely good."
PRAISE FOR DRAW THE DARK
"... Bick's ambitious, intelligent, & relentlessly dark novel is a notable achievement ... Gut-punch of an ending, too."--Booklist
*Starred Review* "... brilliantly strikes a compelling balance between fantasy and contemporary fiction." --School Library Journal
"The ending will leave the reader holding on for dear life . . . This title is a must . . . it is not to be missed."--VOYA
"... (an) excellent mystery might bring new life to a neglected genre (Mystery YA)" --Kirkus Reviews
“ ... (a) gripping supernatural/historical mystery ... that demonstrates the evils of the present can be just as terrifying as those of the past.”--Publisher's Weekly
An ALAN September 2010 Top Ten Pick: “... a welcome addition to any mystery fan’s repertoire...”
"This is psychological horror at its best."--Pioneer Press
“Get creeped out. Learn some history ... get your mind blown.”--The YA-5