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Ashes, Ashes Hardcover – June 1, 2011
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Like many, young Lucy loses her family to the plague. Lucy decides it is safer to fend for herself rather than align herself with a group. She encounters what appears to be wild dogs and is saved by Aidan, who is a goodlooking boy. Really, a goodlooking boy in a dystopian story, I am so surprised. After a tsunami destroys her home, Lucy decides to join Aidan.
And because there was an immediate insta-love between Aidan and Lucy, Lucy is immediately jealous of Del. Del of course is destined to do something bad, because it is a dystopian novel. It is destiny or just unimaginative writing. The formula is destroyed world, special heroine who is incredibly strong, bad woman getting in the way, and evil people out to destroy the heroine. A few exciting fights are thrown in and a rescue. (Our heroine is weird and pitiful. There is no excitement. The fights are boring.)
Okay, I sometimes enjoy formulaic books...if they are well done, but this wasn't well done. The premise was that the Sweepers are after Lucy because she was naturally immune to the disease. They are going to kill her in a blood extraction process...really. Isn't it smarter not to destroy the thing they are trying to study. Oops, it is smarter, but it wouldn't be as exciting if her life wasn't at risk. And here is the odd thing, the old people were immune due to previous exposures. They also never claimed that Lucy never got sick...just that she had been immune to one disease for which they already have a vaccine. So all this was well...dumb, just plain dumb. See Dr. Ellison was intentionally infecting those she caught with another variation of the plague that killed everyone, not a brilliant move. Why was this stupid, because now that population was small and rarely came into contact with one another, there was a very small chance that any epidemic would destroy the world. This was all fake. Any smart person would recognize this as a contrived plot.
The characters weren't well done. I only liked one, Sammy, and he was a very secondary character. The action was minimal and not well done. In a genre filled with stories, this was an extremely poor story.
I read this book after finding it on a list of books that are meant to be similar to the Hunger Games. For 3 bucks I thought I would give it a shot. It sounded pretty interesting so I took a chance on it. At first reading, I was actually really interested in it. It had a good plot line, a good mystery and I liked Lucy. I thought she was strong and smart. You admired her story and that she was living on her own and surviving. When she meets Adian, it all seems to go south. Adian is your typical good looking-athletic-carefree guy that you almost always find in books these days. He had no depth. Of course, Lucy instantly has a crush on him (but you have to give her some credit, she's been alone for a while.) As she is driven from her home and into the Hellgate, the story just gets worse. We are introduced to Del, who is moody and a typical jealous female. Adian and Lucy grow closer and the author tries to give Adian some depth by having his brother be a S'ans. As the story goes on, it seem repeatative. There is an attack...they sing and dance...they are attacked again...they do some gardening...etc. Finally, when Del is kidnapped, only to come back to the camp on her own, does anything happen in the story. Lucy, Adain and Del decide to head out on a rescue mission. However, what happens next, you can see coming a mile away and in the end...we are left with a lot of unanswered questions and loose ends. That is what bothered me the most about this book. I read the whole thing and in the end, I had learned nothing about the plague, or the work being done by the doctors, or why Lucy's blood was special...in the end, it was a waste of my time and I was really dissappointed since it had so much potential!
Well written, "end of the world as we know it" story that is well-paced and exciting.
What would you do if the world as you know it ended and you survived? When the survival rates are 1 in a million, and everyone around is getting sick, to survive means you did not get sick. As a survivor, questions abound about how and why you are alive.
I thought creating a girl hero was a great idea. Even better is the idea that Lucy was willing to learn how to survive in a world without electricity and running water. I found this an exciting story line, with just enough romance to keep the reader of adventure engaged in the story. I was quite pleased that zombies do not appear in a book with devastating disease and destruction.
In a world filled with stories of vampires and zombies, it is wonderful to find a new book without any of either. Jo Treggiari has given us an exciting story of the end of life as we know it. I found this to be a well-written, well-paced story. The end of the book is such that I hope a sequel will be coming.
I heartily recommend this book to teens and young adults. It has all the elements of a good adventure book, without the gore and horror of some books published today. I look forward to reading more of this authors books.
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The story begins with the introduction of the characters. The main character is Lucy Holloway.Read more
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