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Ashes Hardcover – September 6, 2011
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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.
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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.
Ashes has a lot of great elements to it. Alex has an inoperable brain tumor and the prognosis is not good. She decides to go hiking where her parents always took her and take some time to find herself. Sort of like a last hurrah for her. Alex soon runs into Ellie and her grandfather, who are out hiking because Ellie’s grandfather wants a bonding experience with his granddaughter. Ellie grows on me, when we first meet her she is a brat but her character evolves throughout the story. Soon after their meeting a huge EMP goes off, frying basically anything that runs on electricity including living things. The EMP ends up rewiring some people’s brains while killing other people. While in route to the ranger’s station, Alex & co stumble upon Tom. Tom is a soldier on leave who was camping with his friend Jim (a fellow soldier) and Jim’s family. I really like Tom, he has his own issues but I feel he is an overall good guy. I’m not going to go into any more detail about the story because of how events unfold.
About halfway through the book I was hooked. Yes, it took a while but that's only because the story didn't really move at a fast pace until then (for me at least). I will be reading the next in the series. I really want to know what happens, especially with how it ended.
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