Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Ashes Hardcover – September 6, 2011
|New from||Used from|
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover,"" illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Pre-order today
Frequently bought together
Customers who bought this item also bought
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Gripped me from beginning to end – dark, creepy and suspenseful. James Dashner,
New York Times Best-Selling author of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials
A haunting and epic story of survival in a shattered world, ASHES is a must read.
Michael Grant, New York Times Best-Selling author of Gone
“…a harrowing apocalyptic survival tale that brims with true horror….Ashes inhabits the same dark country as The Stand (and is, in fact, delightfully King-esque at times) or Justin Cronin’s recent viral apocalypse The Passage…. Bick’s ability to convincingly render the mindset of people exposed to horrors and those still living with them makes not just Alex but all the characters around her feel real enough that we ache for them.” Locus Magazine
The gorgeous (and disturbing cover) is sure to grab attention; an impeccable sci-fi/horror
balance, quick pace, and risky storytelling all live up to the jacket’s promise. The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
An action-packed tale of an apocalypse unfolding, launching a trilogy with flair. Publishers Weekly
Gritty, grim, grotesque, gruesome, gratifying and ultimately deeply satisfying, Ashes is this year's best ya dystopian novel. Pamela Thompson, El Paso Times Sunday Living
Splendidly paced apocalyptic zombie horror ends with a thrilling, terrifying cliffhanger and a number of unresolved mysteries. Kirkus Reviews
You won't want to put it down and, quite frankly, it blows the rest of those dismal-future books clean out of the water. Donna at Bites, www.bitemybooks.com
Ashes is disaster done right, it has to be one of the best disaster books I have read in a long while... I cannot recommend this book enough. (Five Stars) www.readforyourfuture.org
It's like the Walking Dead, but in a YA novel…. I can't wait for the sequel! Hallie Wilkins, age 16, Anderson's Bookshops
Dystopia on steroids, exactly what it should be. Pamela, Hickelbees, San Jose, CA
Front and center we have my current obsession, Ilsa Bick's Ashes, which is like Justin Cronin's The Passage for the YA set. Suzanna Hermans, co-owner of Oblong Books & Music in Rhinebeck, N.Y
If Cormac McCarthy and Justin Cronin bore a lovechild (I read The Passage directly following ASHES), Ilsa J. Bick would be their bouncing baby girl. A. Ragheb, randomactsofreading.com
“Great writing. Fantastic plot. Likeable characters. Mt. Everest-type cliffhanger. It all makes for a fabulous book -- for young adult readers and adults alike.” –Examiner.com (Chicago)
“Ashes is one that fans of Suzanne Collins's trilogy will surely devour. …What will really grab readers is the wonderful narrative that carries Ashes through every shocking, unexpected plot twist. Bick clearly has a natural gift for storytelling, and here she has crafted a compelling story that will suck you in.” ---Examiner.com (national)
“An easy read with engaging characters and an intriguing plot. …This novel is gripping and intense but very dark…it's not a book for the faint of heart or young and may leave readers checking for their flashlights and battery-operated radios — just in case.” –Deseret News
About the Author
Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery. One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at www.ilsajbick.com.
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As far as some of the negative reviews I have read I noticed most talk about how gorey this book is. Well....yeah, it's pretty gorey. Downright disgusting at some points. But, IMO, it added to the story and I feel a lot of it was necessary to the story. The world of "Ashes" is a dog eat dog world. Literally! And it's no place for someone to hold back. The gore made it that much more REAL. This book may not be for everyone but I thoroughly enjoyed it. If you're into the whole apocalyptic thing then try this one out. Ilsa Bick clearly did her homework when writing this trilogy and it pays off in the story. Would I recommend this to my firends? That's a big YES...
I did love the premise, in its own quirky way. I love where we find our heroine, emotionally, at the start of the book. I love that the author isn't afraid to let the heroine care about herself and not some strange obnoxious child at the very start of things. She cares, but not enough to endanger her life and plead with Ellie overlong. She moves on, but she lets the kiddo catch up to her. It's one of the most honest reactions I can remember in a long time.
There is a lot more along these lines which allows us to nod our heads and fear for her, but trust Alex's decisionmaking. Unlike others, I did enjoy the cliffhanger style.
I smell something charred. Sweet. Bitter. Blue. Greyish, maybe, with a hint of urine. I smell something foul. Something big. Something foggy. Feral.
Wow for someone with difficulty remembering what smell is like, I have no end of ways to describe what I'm smelling! And I wish I had read a previous review that warned me she'd be using her superpower all the time. All. The. Time. 1/10th into the book I was pretty tired of her reflections on her smelling things, remembering things, spelling things out that we had already gleaned from excellent context clues.
I also share the issue with others that, halfway through, the book changed entirely. That's not something totally new to the genre, but it was jarring and it took me out of the world the author had already crafted.
Alex has decided that she doesn't want to go to anymore treatments, she doesn't want to spend the rest of her time on this earth with her hair falling out or her head in the toilet, instead she goes to Michigan to hike the Waucamaw Wilderness, which she used to do in the summer with her parents before they died, while she's still strong enough to do it. It's obvious from the beginning that she doesn't plan on making it back out of the mountains, she doesn't know that something big is about to happen; something that will change her life.
A couple of days into the hike Alex meets Jack and his granddaughter Ellie. While talking with Jack, something weird happens, every electronic device quits working and Jack falls over, dead. Something also happens to Alex, she just doesn't realize it yet.
Alex and Ellie are in trouble when Tom comes to their rescue, and they discover that most people the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) didn't kill...changed. Some changed into zombies. There isn't very many people that were untouched by the EMP.
Ashes is a thrilling and terrifying read, it's a wonderful addition to the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre and I can't wait to see what's in store for Alex next in Shadows.
My first thoughts were wow this is all over the top. Ellie was extreme. Alex was extreme in her illness, big brain tumor. The hole emp approach seemed a bit much. It was a well written story, but it was scoring a 4 on the likability meter.
Then we introduce Tom. It becomes clear that he is a love interest for Alex, and the story becomes very mundane. It is the emp family in the woods, starring Ellie as Laura Ingalls. This was getting really dull. It was now scoring a 3 on the likability meter.
Then the family is broken apart, and Alex is taken to the town of Rule. This is a strange little cult town with a ton of secrets. We are introduced to the Spared children, Chosen wives, Awakened adults, and the Banned. This was scary, exciting, and totally worth the wait. Alex comes into her own as a strong and resourceful young woman. Some of the secrets are revealed about Rule, and most of these secrets are dark and scary.
I can't wait for book 2.
Most recent customer reviews
Our main character has been diagnosed with brain cancer a young lady named Alex .Read more