I am going to start this review with a spoiler alert. If you have not read book 1 “Ashes of Twilight”, then stop reading this and go pick that book up because it is amazing.
Shadows of Glass picks up exactly where the huge climax of Ashes of Twilight left off, Wren MacAvoy, a shiner, has finally found her way outside of the dome that has trapped her and the generations before. Alex’s last words were true, the sky is blue and there is no fire waiting to burn them. However paradise is not all that it was supposed to be, as Wren, Pace and the few survivors find out the hard way. With so much death and decay that is behind them, the small group can only move forward into the outside world that is full of terrors from the sun’s uv rays, hostile outsiders that threaten their lives and the strange airship that has arrived.
I really enjoyed the second book in Kassy Tayler’s series. The action is toned down a lot in the beginning and we get to feel more of what Wren is experiencing first hand after being trapped in the dome. She learns that her freedom has come at a very high price; the price of many other’s lives. She struggles to find peace and wonders if it was all worth it. The emotional journey that Wren takes is magnificent, making her so much more than just another YA novel heroine, she becomes real and tangible.
Fans of the hunger games series will enjoy this book. There is a large amount of death in the second book filling it with lots of raw emotion. However the action picks back up towards the end of the book and leaves you wanting so much more after the last words. I am very much looking forward to her next book in the series!
Wren's world has changed. The thing that she fought for, escaping the dome has come to fruition, but it's not the paradise she thought it would be. Most of the shiners have died, and according to James, she is to blame for many of the deaths, a burden which sits heavy on her shoulders. Still some have survived and Wren is determined to keep them safe as they fight to establish a home outside while hiding from the rovers who have weapons that can kill from far away. But as long as she has Pace she knows everything will be fine. Still Wren wonders, as she sees the smoke that continually pours forth from the dome, how did her friends inside fare? Will they ever find out if Lucy, David, Jill and Harry, along with Pace's mother survive the explosions?
Meanwhile, someone else has also seen the smoke. A band of explorers from across the sea arrive in an airship, curious about the dome, and offering help to those who survive. When Wren meets the handsome Levi Addison, she suddenly questions her love for Pace as Levi offers to show her the world from his airship. Does she really love Pace? Or was it just the circumstances that made her think she did? Meanwhile, word arrives from inside via Pip, and Wren is forced to go back inside the dome, a thing that terrifies her more than anything else, to save her friends. Once she's back inside will she be able to escape again?
A whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a dystopian world where nothing is as it seems