Saturday, October 13, 2012

Book Review: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick


Ilsa J. Bick

Publication Date: September 6th 2011

Publisher: Egmont USA

Pages: 465

Genre:  Post-Apocalypse, Young Adult

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.

Ashes is a spectacular and well done post-apocalyptical story that takes the idea of zombies and twists it into something unique. The main character, Alex, is hiking up a mountain when a Electro-Magentic pulse goes off and kills off many people, destroys the tumor in her brain that was killing her and turns teenagers and young adults into lunatics whose only goal is to well eat you. The idea has to do with the brains of the  people during the pulse is something that I really love. There are "not" zombies and then of course there is the exploration of what people do when faced with such a situation.

Some people pillage, other try to create safe havens, some lose all of their moral judgement in favor of survival, others refuse to leave loved ones that have gone feral and instead choose to go down with them. Others, of course, try to be heroes.

Alex is a very interesting character, at the beginning she pretty much only has one goal and wants to avoid people at all costs, but as soon as she is forced into Ellie's company, a very protective loyal side of her emerges. She is independent and intellectual, trying to figure out what in the world is going on and not ready to just accept whatever other people tell her as fact.

The writing sucked me in and kept me reading until the very end. It is a thriller, fast paced and full of action (and the horror of a world falling apart).

If you like post-apocalyptical books, you will love this book. If you like fast paced thrillers, involving independent teenaged heroines who don't take shit, you will love this book. Oh, and of course if you're a fan of interesting and unique zombie ideas you will love this book.



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