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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Pepperclaw

    His brother to scourge( res 2) and brightclaw ( res one) works under flame star and is a enthusiastic follower to flamestar. Follow his orders but somtimes rebells to settle disbutes between his brothers scourge the youngest and bright claw the middle child. He is senor and with him ad brightclaw together can they stop their insane brother. ( scourge nt mentally stable but getting more steady goes crazy and has killing fits from time to time. But is calmed down with three repetitive heavyblows to the head.) They love each other dearly ( dispite scourges madness)

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2013

    Flamestar

    Oarnge pelted blue eyed cat personality seeks justice for all and is not afrade to fight for what is right clan fireclan

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2013

    Literature at its best!

    This book is great! It have a interesting story. However, The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy is strangely similar.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2013

    Amazing

    Edge of your seat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2013

    Exciting

    Kept me interested the entire time!

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    If I had to choose the best book I have read in 2012, it would b

    If I had to choose the best book I have read in 2012, it would be this book. It was beyond amazing. When I read the last word, I paged through the last few blank pages, desperately looking for more. In the beginning I got frustrated cause Alex seemed to be such a klutz, and every time there was a threat, something happened like her losing the gun or something equally silly. However, when she reached the town of Rules and she met Chris, the story for me changed. It became more than exciting and attention-grabbing. I loved the whole secluded town idea with their rules and councils. The Spared, The Awakened and The Chosen. I love Chris and the end (I do not want to leave a spoiler) keeps replaying in my head - from when he said to her `Please, Alex, you don't know what you're ...'

    I would give this book a whopping ten out of ten!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2013

    Chap3:the party

    I woke up and i unlocked my door and opend it and ran downstiars. Evrypony was there. Even... Glaze! Luna was standg next to a HUGE pile of gifts. After an hour of opening gifts i finnaly got down to the last three. From Cadence, Hope and Glaze but the third presnt wasnt a solid lne. I opended the one from Cadence up and it was a crown with headphones built into it i put it on right away. Then from Hope. It was a pass that said a pegasus for a day spell. I looked at her and smiled. Next Glaze walked up to me and wisperd in my ear"Will you go out with me? Only to one date." I took i step back from shock but then went back up to him and told him"yds. Ony one.". I never noticed how pointy hiss ears were untill k saw them just now. "THANKS EVRYPONY FOR THE GIFTS!! NOW LETS HAVE SOME CAKE!!"i yelld at the tip of my lungs. Vinel walked up to me "un Octave i need to tell you somthing." She told me. We walked up to my room. "What is it Vinel? " i stared at her. "Well for one thing OCTAVIA is moving out of ponyville so you probaly will now see her anymore and second of all im-"-end of chap3 chap 4 in next res.- so sorry for this being short!! And untill the next chap you wont know who Vinel is to Octave.-Zella

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2013

    Good book.

    Pretty good book. Kinda stops being interesting at the end though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    TO ASHSTR URGENT

    EBONYTAIL SAID ASHCLAN WAS GONNA FIGHT US!!!

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    To Flamekit

    We will be moving soon.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2013

    Flamekit to all help

    Please help im flamekit and new ro your clan and im locked out please tell rising sun and ashstar and ask if we can move. Thank you ;/

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Lilystem

    Cried. She missed firecharge

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2013

    Emberstream

    He laid down and napped

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Rubykit

    Comes in crying" firepaw!?"

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    Why are you acting like cats?

    Why?

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2013

    Spiritheart

    Goes to sleep

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2013

    RAVENFLIGHT IS GONE HUNTING

    Bbl! Ravenflight.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2014

    Omg!

    So good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2013

    Annon

    Quite a good read. Definitely dystopian with a new twist. Adults and teens will appreciate the survival skills and character interactions that are believable in a world turned inside out. Leaves the reader wanting more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2013

    Firepaw to rubykit

    What is it Rubykit?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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