REVIEW: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

The Blurb: 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

The Short Stick: Raise the hairs on the back of your head, stick you in the bush without a flashlight, better not read this at night because you’ll scare the bejesus out of yourself awesome.

The Goods: Okay so Alex is a survivor and she’s got a lot on her plate. First there’s the fact that she’s dying of a brain tumor and then there’s her crazy idea to go camping by herself in the mountains. And then there’s that electromagnetic pulse wave thingy and then this really snotty Ellie girl and then Tom, and Jess and Nathan and Rule and Chris and the 5 factions of families and everything else that makes this book so awesome. Basically imagine yourself in the middle of nowhere, billions of people are dead, you have 4 granola bars and at least 25 miles to walk to the next ranger station, until of course you see two teenagers you sort of know snacking on a carcass and then a whole bunch of other scary shit started happening that you can barely even fathom. And the thing is, I was kinda there, living through it with Alex and because of her attitude, I wasn’t that scared. I was pretty sure Alex could figure it out. And the nice thing about Bick is just how tight and smooth and logical her writing is. She explains the emergency pack, she explains the landscape perfectly. She uses words I’ve never heard of before, like caromed, and briary and sluiced. These are words I had to write down and then look up because I need to expand my vocabulary too. I literally poured over this book, just loving every minute of it because really, it’s awesome.

The Not So Goods: Okay, I really didn’t like Alex or Ellie, and that was a big turn off for me. I mean it’s great to have a storyline with a lot of awesome writing, but not having likeable characters will usually force me to put a book down. In this case I got through it, but I wanted Ellie to die, really badly . . . and was then kinda sad when I saw what happened to her. Anyway, I get the whole post apocalyptic thing and the Changed thing, but then there was this confusing families thing mixed in and it was all just a bit of a mess. Haha, I found myself trying my best to follow along come like the second half of the book but I think I got the gist of it. I know there’s going to be another one, it had a wicked ending line and I’m looking forward to it.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: Pick this one up, you’ll get a good lesson in the english language and an above average post apocalyptic story that will have your skin crawling.


Comments ( 2 )

  • Julie says:

    I&#39;m glad to hear that you (for the most part) liked this book! It&#39;s my next read from the Netgalley and now I&#39;m looking forward to it even more :)<br />jwitt33 at live dot com

  • Catherine Stine says:

    I had to laugh when you admitted that you wanted one of the characters to die really badly. Sounds like a truly unlikable person!

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