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 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.
Do you ever read a book without reading the synopsis? Well, that’s what I did with Ashes. I can’t say I was going in completely blind though because I’ve seen it circulating widely around the blogosphere, so I basically had the jist of the type of book it was – post-apocalyptic and all that. My kind of thing. So when the opportunity came up to review the trilogy, I jumped at the chance!
I was not disappointed in the least of Ashes. It’s a great story, well told, excellent premise. I liked that even though I has a fairly common theme – end of the world and zombies, the initial event that causes these events isn’t one I’ve read anywhere else yet.
Alex, the main character goes to Michigan as she’s got a brain tumor, which she refers as her “monster”, to take care of the ashes of her parents. Being from Michigan and living here all my life, I was excited that Ashes was set here!
Alex, although she’s traveling alone, eventually gets two companions along the way. Ellie is a young girl, been through a lot in life already, has an attitude that she wears like a shield. I was very annoyed with her at first, but she’s grown on me.
Her other companion is Tom. He’s former army, seems to have the best guess at what’s really going on. I liked him from the beginning. A real down to earth guy, although he’s definitely got issues from his past too.
I didn’t expect the big twist midway through Ashes! I definitely didn’t expect how Ashes ended and you’ll definitely want to have Shadows on hand to start right away!
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