By Ilsa J. An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. When it happens, Alex was hiking in 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.
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By Ilsa J. An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
When it happens, Alex was hiking in 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. Upload Sign In Join.
Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 6 hours. Description An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Ashes Author Ilsa J. Shadows Author Ilsa J. Monsters Author Ilsa J.
Related Categories. Book Preview Ashes - Ilsa J. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Hasn't everyone else also read this about 10 time already? Loved the 1st half of this book but was less than thrilled about the last half. So much so that I doubt highly I will buy next book. I got this book a while ago, and it's been sitting on my TBR, just waiting for me to read it.
I finally decided to do that, and I was just underwhelmed. If I had read this several years ago, I probably would have loved it, but now that I'm not really into YA dystopian novels, it didn't really tickle my fancy. I found the characters dull, and the main character didn't really make an impression on me. The plot was definitely fast paced, but I found some of the events just there to shock you, and keep you just interested enough to keep reading.
Unfortunately for me, I just don't care enough to finish off this series. It was okay, but not my cup of tea anymore. Gave up though it started well--skipped to end which sounded pretty disgusting. This book had a fantastic beginning. I didn't even know what I was in for until I was almost a quarter way through the novel, and then it hit me that holy crap, this is a zombie book!
Not only that, it's your classic tale of zombie apocalypse survival, complete with an annoying kid side character and getting lost in the woods. The book's synopsis only mildly hints at this when I read it, so I was pleasantly surprised to say the least. I also had no idea that this book was classified YA until I actually came here and saw the user tags.
I guess I should have clued in earlier on the many obvious hints; firstly, you have the EMP that "brain zaps" people and turn them into the "Changed", but with a twist -- its effects are age specific, sparing mostly the old but decimating the world's population of adolescents and young adults. Very cool premise and a unique take on the zombie origin theory, but this of course also leaves our protagonist Alexandra, a late teen herself who was one of the "Spared" plenty of reasons to get even more emo.
Secondly, and most telling of all, about halfway through the book, the story suddenly transforms into "Zombie Apocalypse, ". This was where I started to get disappointed. I was really enjoying myself up to this point, digging the story and the characters, even the aforementioned annoying kid side character Ellie, who started growing on me.
But then all that disappears. Most frustrating of all, the story also takes a new direction, and we start to drift away from the zombie survival aspect to dwell on this new plot point, which my cynical side cannot help but feel it's there as an excuse to inject some romantic drama. At the very end, the novel redeems itself somewhat, showing hints that the story will get back on track and with a promise that we'll actually get to see some zombie action again, thank god.
Of course, this also meant it ended on a cliffhanger. Why is it that so many books seem to be doing that these days? It's a bit evil if you ask me. Fortunately, at least it doesn't appear I have long to wait for book 2. I liked the first half of this book but about half way through it suddenly gets stupid. I really enjoyed the fast paced plot of this novel and will be heading out to buy book 2 in the trilogy. This book was really good read for me. Had some survival skills going on and of course the kids in the story that have been "changed".
Not really zombies because they are still alive but yes alive and eating other peoples is still pretty gross. But what do I do? Read every thing I can get my greedy little hands on that have to do with them. You would think that she was going to catch a break and bam!
The whole thing with the dogs though. That was pretty cool that they could sense who was about to turn or "change. I would have given it 4 stars, but the ending messed it up for me. I'll knock a star off for YA romance shenanigans, but other than that, this is great - an apocalypse plus zombies that is not actually a zombie apocalypse, covering everything from wilderness survival to creepy cult towns.
And all in the first book of the trilogy! This was very bleak, and very gory, for a YA book. It reminded me a bit of the Stand or the Road, adult post-apocalyptic books that focus on survival skills instead of love triangles. Ok, there is a love triangle I like how the first half of the book focuses on surviving on your own, in the wilderness, while the second is all about surviving in a new society. The beginning overuses the Dan Brown-esque style of short chapters with mini-cliffhangers, but the cliffhanger ending was completely unexpected.
I loved this book. I found the characters fascinating, especially the main character. I cant wait for the next book to come out. Could I please just read a book that has an ending?! I'm so tired of series books right now. This book was incredibly violent, had lots of bad language, and gave you absolutely no closure and no answers.
I gave it 2 stars because I really liked the first half of the book. It could have been so much more. I almost quit several times after I got halfway through. Usually 1st-in-a-series books leave you wanting more, this one left me wondering why I had wasted my time. This is the first in a trilogy of post-apocalyptic novels set in a world where a series of as yet in the first novel unexplained electro-magnetic pulses has killed off or driven savage the majority of the population, except for very young children under about ten and old people over about 65 and a few other exceptions with unusual brain wave patterns or mental health issues.
It's an interesting scenario, but there wasn't enough plot for me. The plot centres around the wanderings of 19 year old Alex, a brain tumour sufferer, and her companions Ellie, an eight year old girl whom she had met with her grandfather just before the "Zap" that caused the disaster, and Tom, a young veteran of the war in Afghanistan.
There were a number of fairly horrific set piece encounters with people driven savage by the "Zap" trying to attack and kill them for food and attacks by wild dogs and wolves as well. The bleakness of the scenario made this a good page turner or rather screen toucher as it was an e-book , though my interest waned a bit when Alex, now alone, arrived at the apparent sanctuary of the town of Rule.
It is clear by the end of the novel that there is more to the town than appeared at first. I have downloaded the sequel, though I hope there will be a more plot-driven narrative. Ashes is a book full of non-stop action.
I really enjoyed reading it, and I think most teenagers would enjoy it as well. However, since it is a zombie book, eventhough it has its own twists, I know it won't be for everyone. It does have some pretty gruesome details in places. Alex is a 17 year old girl with a brain tumor. She knows that her life is at its end, so she decides to hike into the wilderness to spread her parents' ashes, while she is still healthy enough to do so.
However, everything changes in an instant when an electromagnetic pulse flashes, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex joins forces with Tom, a young soldier on leave, and Ellie, an 8 year old girl who lost her grandfather to the pulse.
Alex, Tom, and Ellie soon discover that the pulse changed some of the survivors for the better, while others were turned into ravenous zombies. Not only do they have to protect themselves from the changed, but they also have to protect themselves from survivors who will ruthlessly do whatever it takes to survive, even if it means killing and stealing from other survivors.
This is my second read of Ashes, which I decided to do after finding out the third one was out. I hadn't yet read the second, to be honest I kind of just read Ashes, moved onto other books and forgot about it, giving it three stars. Maybe it was the zombie thing. But after watching three and a bit seasons of The Walking Dead and loving it, I figured I'd give the Ashes trilogy another go. So I bought the others and went back to book one. I really enjoyed this until, of course, the introduction of the inevitable love triangle why oh why?
I thought this book was set up really well.
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ALEX had fallen like this only once in her life. That happened when she was nine and took a wild leap from Blackrocks Cliff off Presque Isle into the deep sapphire-blue of Lake Superior. She remembered that the air was laced with the scent of wild lilacs and early honeysuckle. Although hot sun splashed her shoulders, her bare arms and legs were sandpapery with gooseflesh because the wind skimming Superior was, even in June, still very cold—and she was also, frankly, freaked out. That cove looked pretty puny. Heights scared her something stupid.