Review: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Posted on Thursday, August 23, 2012 7:30 AM

Format: Kindle
Publisher: Egmont USA

Pages: 480
Series: Ashes Trilogy
Buy this Book: Amazon

From Goodreads:

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


At the beginning of Ashes we meet Alex (Alexandra).  Alex is not your normal seventeen year old girl; she hasn’t’ been hanging out with friends on the weekends or going out on dates, instead for the past two years she’s been spending her time going to the hospital for rounds of Chemo and Radiation and getting pumped full of experimental drugs that aren’t even working against the tennis ball sized tumor on her brain. 
Alex has decided that she doesn’t want to go to anymore treatments, she doesn’t want to spend the rest of her time on this earth with her hair falling out or her head in the toilet, instead she goes to Michigan to hike the Waucamaw Wilderness, which she used to do in the summer with her parents before they died, while she’s still strong enough to do it.  It’s obvious from the beginning that she doesn’t plan on making it back out of the mountains, she doesn’t know that something big is about to happen; something that will change her life.
A couple of days into the hike Alex meets Jack and his granddaughter Ellie.  While talking with Jack, something weird happens, every electronic device quits working and Jack falls over, dead.  Something also happens to Alex, she just doesn’t realize it yet.
Alex and Ellie are in trouble when Tom comes to their rescue, and they discover that most people the EMP (Electromagnetic Pulse) didn’t kill…changed.  Some changed into zombies. There isn't very many people that were untouched by the EMP.
Ashes is a thrilling and terrifying read, it’s a wonderful addition to the dystopian/post-apocalyptic genre and I can’t wait to see what’s in store for Alex next in Shadows.



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