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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

{Book Review} Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1) by Ilsa J. Bick

Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1)
by Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: EgmontUSA
Released: August 28th 2012
Genre: Fiction- YA: Post- Apocalyptic, kinda zombies
How I got it: Bought it

It could happen tomorrow . . .

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.

For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.

Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.

Review: I was recommended this book on Amazon and passed, then saw it label on GoodReads as a zombie book which peaked my interest. The thing is it's not really a zombie apocalyptic book. The kids who change aren't dead, they're just insane. It's like Lord of the Flies meets Jericho
Alex heads up into the mountains to scatter her parents ashes, before she gets to sick to do so. Alex has a brain tumor and is getting really tired of fighting. As she is hiking she meets Ellie and her grandfather, while they are chatting an EMP (at least that's what they think) and plunges the world into all kinds of chaos. Most adults die and the children/ teens are "Changed", with the exception of a few "Spared".
Ashes is a really interesting concept, as it plunged the world out of the tech age and into the survival age. Then it offers us a change in humans, some bad and some interesting yet not all humans. It's like the ones who had brain malfunctions are cured, while those who were healthy perished or went nutso. I was sucked into this book. Following Alex, Ellie, and Tom (a guy who saved them) as they navigate this crazy new world and try not to get killed doing so. As the characters grew and the book progressed I found myself on the edge of my seat more than once. Alex is a tough cookie, she may have been down on herself in the beginning of the book, but don't let it fool you. She is a great lead character. Tom is a little rough around the edges but he grows on you. Ellie is adorable and tugs on you heartstrings, even though she tries to play tough.
The plot is good and strong, keeping the reader guessing and flipping pages to see what will happen. I was perturbed by the cliffhanger ending and can't wait to get my hands on book two. All and all an awesome read.

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