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 post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
I was really in the mood for a good horror story when I picked up Ashes and I did enjoy it for the most part...until I completely lost interest in it. This is something that tends to happen when you're trying to get through a book for 3 months.
My main problem with this book, I think, was that it was way too easy to put it down. Not once did the story really pull me in. So I kept putting it down and then trying to pick it back up again. Which, after a certain amount of time, made reading the book feel more of a chore than anything else.
Another problem was that, for me, the atmosphaire of the entire book completely changed when I reached a certain point. It lost the survival feeling I liked about it and became overcrowded. The story shifted from Alex, Ellie and Tom to a whole cast of people I didn't really care about which made me lose interest.
Lastly, while I liked Alex, I never really felt any kind of connection with her.
I don't necessarely consider Ashes a bad book. It just wasn't the book for me. I guess I would recommend it more to people who like zombie apocalypse books or maybe Hunger Games fans.
Hardcover, 465 pages
First Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Zombies