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Ashes (Ashes Trilogy Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

A book you will stay up late to read

Really 4.5 stars

Ashes is, without a doubt, unlike anything that I've ever read. With an interesting cast of characters, imagined situations that became all too real, and constant surprises, Ashes is an edge-of-your-seat read the entire way through.

Alex is tired ...
Really 4.5 stars

Ashes is, without a doubt, unlike anything that I've ever read. With an interesting cast of characters, imagined situations that became all too real, and constant surprises, Ashes is an edge-of-your-seat read the entire way through.

Alex is tired of living with a brain tumor, tired of the constant treatment attempts, tired of having other people not know how to react to her. She decides to go on a final wilderness hike and spend some time in the seclusion of nature. And then an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the world, killing a vast majority of people, rendering electronic devices useless, and changing the world as Alex knew it. She soon finds herself with an unwanted traveling companion and trying to survive with just what was in her pack. And then Alex meets Tom, a former soldier who is also trying to survive in this world. They work together to make a life in the wake of all the destruction, all the while worrying that they may end up changing into little more than animals, as other humans have. But they eventually realize that they can't stay hidden in the woods forever, and then the real adventure begins...

Because of the nature of this book, it's hard to say much without giving something away. The suspense, the constant obstacles, and the emotional journey are what make this book riveting; the characters were just as compelling as the action. Ashes is post-apocalyptic rather than dystopian, and both Alex and Tom have some basic survival skills; this allows the story to focus on deeper issues, including learning who to trust in a world with people gone mad and what to live for when it seems there are no reasons left. Everything was so vividly described (including the behavior of the "changed" people) that I felt like I was right beside Alex and Tom, both in the woods and out of it. In Ashes, elements of science fiction, dystopian, and coming-of-age books merge into something new and exciting.

I will say that this book left me with some unanswered questions. Because of all the hardships that Alex and Tom face, this book is not exactly an easy read. There were a few times that I was frustrated because I just wanted something to go right for them. But despite the sadness, and despite all of the loose threads left at the end, the intensity of this book left me wanting more.

Ashes is a book that you will stay up late into the night to read - I know that I did. I am already counting down the days until the next book. I cannot wait to see what else Ilsa has in store for this trilogy!

posted by BookPortrait on September 24, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

7 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Good book. Well written. Bad ending.

First, let me say that this is the first book review I have ever written.

The book was really good. It captures your interest and develops the characters well.
There are some inconsisties with the plot. The bit about all the dogs suddenly loving Alex conflicts with th...
First, let me say that this is the first book review I have ever written.

The book was really good. It captures your interest and develops the characters well.
There are some inconsisties with the plot. The bit about all the dogs suddenly loving Alex conflicts with the pack of dogs that initially attacked her in the forest. This is never resolved.

However it is the ending or really the lack there of that really prompted me to write this review. I don't want to give away the ending so I will keep my comment somewhat general in nature. The ending does not resolve the fate of the heroine and there are other characters whose fate is left hanging as well. I can see this as a technique to set up for a sequel, but it feels like the author needed to keep the book at a certain number of words and chose to end it as quickly as possible.

posted by Anonymous on March 9, 2012

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  • Posted October 16, 2011

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    SORRY TO ALL THE FANS, you will probably disagree with me!

    Wow is what i thought in the begining, this is sooo great and suprising great book........then BAM it turned awlful could hardly keep reading. The story slowed completly down to a halting stop, it started skipping important details throwing in all kinds of names i got a little confused at where it was going, then it started almost a new story, a very bad one. Ending i thought was just plain bad! Had soooo much potential, it made me really sad. Really creepy zombies i think probably the creepiest for me because it wasnt just in the begining zombie this zombie that, but surprised me with where they came in, then how smart and their personalities, and i dont know why but how little they were actually having conflicts with the zombies made it that much more creepy. I have to read the sequel becuase i have know clue whats happend to any of the characters. So you may or may not want to risk it!!!!

    7 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Gory

    In my opinion, these first two books of this trilogy are extremely violent and gory with the central theme being canabalism. I wouldnt recommend it because of that, but also consider that minor themes find no conclusion here in these first two books. So far its been a depressing read. I will probably read the last one only because I need to see the conclusion. Hope its a good one. But i wouldnt have started reading them if I had known it was so disgusting. If you are prone to depression stay away from this story

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  • Posted October 17, 2011

    Disappointed

    The book started so good but went downhill fast halfway through. I didnt get the ending at all.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2013

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