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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Review: Ashes

Title:  Ashes
Author:  Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher:  Egmont
Publication Date:  September 6, 2011
Genre:  Young Adult/Horror/Apocalyptic
Pages:  480 pages
Source:  netgalley
Goodreads Description:
It could happen tomorrow...

A cataclysmic event. An army of "The Changed."
Can one teen really survive on her own?

An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human...

Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the Changed, Alex meets up with Tom---a young army veteran---and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse.

This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to survive.
My thoughts:
Thank you Egmont for allowing me to read Ashes before publication.  The first half of the book is exactly as the description states with Ellie and Tom.  Alex is a seventeen year old with a brain tumor that is coming to terms with her parents death, her impending death, and everything else that she is going through.  She goes on a personal trip to get rid of the ashes of her parents.  Suddenly an electromagnetic pulse kills billions including Jack whom Alex has just met.  This leaves Ellie with Alex.  Ellie is the kind of kid that can throw a real fit if she doesn't get her way.  Trying to get to help and figure out whats going on they meet Tom.  Tom saves them and they become a family of sorts.  They have to survive zombies, other survivors, and the environment.
The story changes halfway through and Alex loses Tom and Ellie.  It was a little frustrating having something happen and then the time just jumps forward.  Hehe...I had to go back to the previous page a couple times to make sure I hadn't skipped over anything.  Alex ends up in the town of Rule and things are just strange there.  The book ends in a serious cliffhanger.  I'm not sure if I can wait until next August or September when Shadows is due out, the second in the trilogy.

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