Monday, 23 July 2012

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Ilsa J. Bick
[September 6, 2011]

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.
Let's just go ahead and stamp "Not My Kind of Book" on this one to start with.

I don't do "terrifying" in...anything, really. I don't like being scared. But Harmony went on and on about this book and it was an Egmont book, so finally I caved and bought it. Shortly after, Harmony made me read it.

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I expected to, though.

Alex goes through a lot of character growth. She was pretty unlikable to start with, but so much happens to her and she experiences so much in her journey, that she becomes more and more likable. Less a bratty teenager and someone so much stronger and wiser.

The side characters were diverse and well built. We had Ellie, who may be the most bratty person on the planet. Tom who was wonderful and lovely. And then we had the many people she meets later on who all have very different motivations and beliefs and obviously they aren't all good.

The story itself had a lot of twists and turns to it and there was always something new to worry about. Always something unexpected and interesting. You can't tell at all how this story will end when you start reading. It's not even worth trying to figure it out. But it was definitely entertaining and it really sucks you in.

Ashes is definitely well written. Ilsa J. Bick knows what she's doing. Creepy and desolate but hopeful and exciting and awesome balance all around.

Despite all this good, we've already stamped the book. We didn't have the right chemistry, you know? Maybe some day we'll work things out and I'll read the other books in the series, but right now, our relationship isn't really stable.

Ashes did click with a lot of other people though. And I didn't really have a problem with the book (except for two Me-Specific problems that y'all probably don't care about). So if you think this might be a You kind of book, definitely grab it!



  1. So many twists in this one! I'm still surprised about the ending. I also didn't really click that well with the story. It was good, but not really WOW enough for me to seriously consider reading the sequel.

    Nice review! :)

  2. I bought Ashes from Amazon on a whim because I enjoyed the book description, and I ended up enjoying it more than I thought I would. It's not everyone's cup of tea, yes, but it was definitely mine. :)

  3. I was a HUGE fan of this book. There were definitely some problems with it but overall it's one of my favorite dystopians. I'm glad you enjoyed it more than you expected to! Do you think you're gonna read the sequel Shadows? :D



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