Ashes

Ashes

eBook - 2011
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Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2011
ISBN: 9781606842317
1606842315
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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AL_LESLEY Nov 10, 2016

The first in a post-apocalyptic walking dead style trilogy, Ashes is great. It's my second book I've read by Bick, whose style is natural, authentic and entertaining.

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red_eagle_190
Jun 13, 2015

This was my first series to read this summer and it was amazing! I'm more of a Fantasy reader but after watching Revolution on Netflix I have started to read more apocalyptic and science fiction books. The author is very detailed in her descriptions and action scenes. Her writing keeps you turning the pages and surprises you with many plot twists. I would defiantly recommend this book.

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Another YA trilogy in a post-apocalyptic world. Bick doesn't bother with the ethical and political intricacies of "Hunger Games," but her writing far surpasses that of the "Divergent" books. Zombies (well, sort of), harrowing scenes of death and danger, and a survivalist community whose leaders may be suspect provide an invigorating plot. Bick's style is fast-paced and compelling, and defies you to put the book down. Not for the squeamish, though--these are graphic depictions of cannibalism and grisly killings.

ChristchurchLib Oct 06, 2014

"Seventeen-year-old Alex is on a solo camping trip in the woods (and playing hooky from her seemingly pointless chemo treatments) when a series of electromagnetic pulses renders all technology useless, kills most of Earth's population, and turns many of those left alive into ravenous, bloodthirsty cannibals. But Alex isn't entirely alone; she teams up with an eight-year-old girl and a young soldier on leave who, like her, weren't transformed by the pulses, and the three of them fight together for survival. Terrifying and exhilarating, this gruesome trilogy opener is one that fans of apocalyptic fiction will devour." Teen Scene October 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/72d88d46-49e9-4a07-ad0b-f8f2b75baf8a?postId=8719229c-6f71-45f8-b49d-2264d7fb6d8b

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vfryzek
Aug 13, 2014

Ashes has some great twists on the zombie genre but I was never really sure if this was a teen horror or an adult horror.
I did find some parts did drag but this was resolved with short chapters. The ending was great, don't want to give anything away.
Would read the sequel.

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Emmasradscreenname
Apr 30, 2014

Dark, twisted, gore-filled, scary, and I couldn't put it down!

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ck9aTony
Mar 19, 2014

Don't believe the teen fic classification. This is an adult book with central characters that are young for a very specific reason.

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carolincacao
Mar 12, 2014

I love how sneaky she writes and the twists she ties in. After about half the book it seemed to start down the pop-novel path, but at the end it just blows that cover in your face and ends so bluntly I can't not appreciate.
If there really are more books though, I may have to rethink that opinion, but for now it seems pretty well-done.

samdog123 Nov 11, 2013

Well, this was such a good read. When an electromagnetic pulse flashes, the whole population is affected. Some people die on the spot but younger people "change" and become zombie-like, eating and killing anything they find. Alex, the main character, is spared and seems cured of her terminal cancer. But in her travels she meets other "spared" young survivors who band together to reach safety. I love the author's writing style. Bick knows how to write suspense and changes her writing style to reflect the slowing down of events once Alex settles into the community of "Rule." Someone else mentions the jaw-dropping ending in their review. All I will say is rest easy, this is a trilogy.

JCLChrisK Aug 22, 2013

I'm a bit torn on this one, waffling between three and four stars. I guess I landed on three because it started strong and then lost me a bit by the end.
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This is a very intelligent post-apocalyptic book with strong character development, a reasonably realistic set-up, gripping action, and suspenseful discovery. I was fully engaged and enjoyed devouring it quite a lot.
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But. By the time I reached the end of the journey (which is really only a start, since this is the first of a trilogy), I was having trouble buying into what I first found so convincing.
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I think most people would say that each human is a mix of good and bad, selfless and selfish, but very few of us feel it's an exact 50-50 mix. When pushed, most of us will admit we tip the balance one way or the other and find humans (at least) slightly more inherently good or evil. I'll admit to having a low enough view of human nature that I feel rules, constraints, and pressure are necessary to remind people to think bigger than themselves, that it takes incentives, fear, and a bit of coercion at times to keep us from always making the selfish decisions and forgoing the common good. I could never be a libertarian, for instance, because I believe that when people are left to their own devices they hurt others as often as help. Some people find me pessimistic that way.
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This book, though, has one of the bleakest visions of human nature I've ever seen. The further it goes--the more we discover--the worse things get. When disaster occurs and civilization falls apart in this story, no one is redeemable--except maybe our protagonists, but no one else. Even those who seem to be doing the right thing and banding together are hiding dark, evil secrets. The people in this book truly are in a dog-eat-dog competition to the death with everyone they see, and there's not a single instance of anyone with an ounce of compassion or cooperation. I know extreme circumstances call for extreme measures, but I just couldn't quite accept the total lack of goodness uniformly portrayed by these characters.
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And that lack of reality (from my perspective) made it harder for me to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story than the fictional disaster and the circumstances that follow.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Violence: Extremely graphic and gruesome figt sevens including cannibalism, murder and beheadings.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book will give all but the most hardened teens nightmares.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Coarse Language: Moderate use of foul language.

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

Other: Very negative and controlling portrayal of Christians.

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Futuregohangurl
Dec 29, 2012

Violence: very graphic it describes a person getting another persons insides to put it lightly

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Futuregohangurl
Dec 29, 2012

Other: very graphic. there is a lot of blood in it described quite vividly

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black_falcon_336
Jun 06, 2016

black_falcon_336 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

Chapel_Hill_KenMc thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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kyleswinney
Feb 24, 2014

kyleswinney thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

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Futuregohangurl
Jan 03, 2013

Futuregohangurl thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 16 and 23

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mvkramer Aug 05, 2013

This book begins with Alex hiking into the wilderness, but unlike most teenage campers, she doesn't want to have a good time. She's going to decide whether to kill herself or not. Alex, you see, has not only lost her parents in an accident, she has an incurable brain tumor. While Alex is in the woods, a massive EMP blast goes off. Some people die. Some people are unaffected. Some people, like Alex, gain strange new abilities. And some people turn into ravenous killing machines. Now Alex, in the company of haunted army officer Tom and eight-year-old Ellie, must survive in a dangerous new world where all they have is each other.

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

the cliffhanger at the end is sooo suspenseful >.<

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Black_Panda_1
Jun 10, 2012

“Why can't you like me?" he said, his voice breaking. His scent steamed then, hot and heady with a welter of contradictions: apples and fire and electric roil of those cold, black shadows. "Why can't you like me just a little?"

She would never know how she might have answered, because he never gave her the chance.

Instead, he kissed her.”

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