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Ashes, Ashes

Ashes, Ashes

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by Jo Treggiari

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A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the


A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In this lovingly detailed adventure, Treggiari (The Curious Misadventures of Feltus Ovalton) hits a postapocalyptic trifecta: environmental disasters, plague, and amoral scientists. After five years of floods, weather gone mad, and a mutated smallpox epidemic, the vast majority of humanity has been wiped out, leaving tiny bands of survivors to roam the devastated remnants of civilization. With everyone she knew dead, 16-year-old Lucy has been living in what's left of New York City's Central Park, foraging off the land. After a tsunami wipes out her camp, she seeks refuge with the handsome Aidan and his ragtag group of scavengers, who are routinely plagued by ruthless Sweepers, who kidnap the healthy for experimentation. No sooner has Lucy started to settle in with her new friends then the Sweepers strike again. The tense plot, cinematic moments, and highly capable protagonists make this a fast, gripping read. And although it's long on descriptive passages regarding the nuts and bolts of existing in this nightmarish world, and short on resolution, this thriller reads like a love letter to wilderness survival guides and disaster movies. Ages 12–up. (June)
Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
The end of the world happened and Lucy survived. Somehow, when disease and natural disasters hit New York City in waves—she survived. Survival, however, has its downside. Now that the world she knew is gone and with it the people she loved, Lucy is on her own. She survives primordially in a cave, hunting and gathering what she can. She does not know, nor does she care, how many other people are out there as she ticks off the days in solitude. Then comes Aidan. He appears out of nowhere, he is semi-clean, he has eaten real food, and he offers her a chance to join him in his camp. Lucy refuses, but circumstances quickly change and she finds herself seeking him out and joining his small community of survivors. They are not completely safe, however, as the Sweepers from the city find them, even in their hideout. No one the Sweepers takes ever returns and no one is sure who or what they are searching for, but Lucy has a feeling that it is her. In this thrilling sci-fi reality created by Jo Treggiari, many current nightmares are brought to fruition as the current world trends toward end-of- the world predictions. The return of the plague via bird infection, government secrecy over the devastating realities, and the ever impending melting of the ice caps all play out in this page turner. Readers will love rooting for Lucy as she struggles to save herself, protect her new friends, and find romance: after the world ends. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Treggiari's novel is undone by a far-fetched, overcrowded premise. Global warming has left most of New York City under water, and the remaining bits of dry land are mostly uninhabited thanks to a worldwide plague. Sixteen-year-old Lucy is carrying on as best she can on her own, but when a tsunami threatens her shelter, she must seek out fellow survivors. As if erratic weather patterns, plagues, and melting ice caps are not enough, the small settlement Lucy joins is threatened constantly by Sweepers (the requisite bad guys in uniform). The sympathetically drawn characters are the book's greatest strength; Lucy, in particular, is a protagonist to whom teens will relate as she struggles through the chaos of her life. The author writes with an immediacy that envelops readers, bringing to mind the work of Suzanne Collins and Carrie Ryan. But where their titles are deftly plotted page-turners, Ashes, Ashes is actually a bit of a yawner. Long, drawn-out descriptions of survival techniques may appeal to some teens, but many won't make it past the first chapter.—Sam Bloom, Groesbeck Branch Library, Cincinnati, OH
From the Publisher

"Cassandra Campbell draws out the combination of innocence and wariness that characterizes 16-year-old Lucy. Lucy has survived the plague that killed her parents and great numbers of others, destroying the world as she knew it. After living on her own for many months, she meets Aidan, who helps save her from the Sweepers. She decides to leave her solitary refuge in Central Park and seek out Aidan’s small community—which consists of a few adults, a handful of teenagers, and a number of small children. Campbell maintains an underlying tone of hope even when things look bleak. She excels, in particular, at expressing the sweetness between Lucy and Aidan that is an oasis in their postapocalyptic world." 
J.E.M. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
Library Journal
Global warming finally has melted the polar ice caps, causing society to collapse as floods, droughts, and smallpox epidemics kill nearly everyone. Lucy is an anomaly, surviving the disasters that took her family, friends, and neighbors. At 16, she's already subsisted on her own for three years. But now a pack of wild dogs is closing in, until Aidan, a mysterious young boy, rescues Lucy and asks her to join his band of survivors. Danger remains as scary survivors known as the Sweepers descend on the camp, also trying to capture Lucy. This is an entertaining, if a bit predictable, young adult story that contrasts the strength of individual courage with the value of working in a group, all against the backdrop of this apocalypse. Cassandra Campbell provides capable narration. Recommended primarily for YA audiences.—Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO

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Scholastic, Inc.
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810L (what's this?)
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12 Years

Meet the Author

I was born in London, England but grew up in Canada, Roccasinibalda, Italy and California. I used to work in the music industry and eventually owned my own indie record label. The first CD we ever put out was by a gangsta rap group. We also did alt rock and punk. I have trained as a boxer. I could have been a contender. (Not really). I started writing stories for my little sister when I was about 8. Often I would rework fairytales so that the princesses had a little more grit. Then I would write them out on white paper, roll them up and tie with a red ribbon. Later on in high school I penned personalized naughty limericks by request. I love dogs and octopi.I blog. And I enjoy baking desserts. I am a tattooed person. My post-apocalyptic adventure YA, ASHES,ASHES will be published summer 2011. You can follow me on Twitter @jotreggiari

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Ashes, Ashes 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
Book_WhispererJO More than 1 year ago
Ashes, Ashes is a terrifyingly realistic view at the world's end. BookWhisperer is not known for books such as this one; after several struggles this is usually a book that I would have avoided. Much to my surprise Ashes, Ashes will be the first of this type of book on my favorites list. Lucy is the strong and courageous sixteen year old that will follow throughout this novel. Being the soul survivor of her entire family she has set out to living in the wild alone. It is remarkable to follow this young girl as she struggles to survive in a world where the population has been wiped out down to a mere third. After the natural disasters that reeked havoc over the entire world the survivors then battled the plague that swarmed the remaining population. This was a terrifying look at the apocalypse that would leave every reader pondering their future. The romantic twist for Lucy and Aidan was a sweet hopeful addition that give readers moments of happiness to grasp through this story. This simple addition gives readers future hope the story that they will follow, and possibility for a dramatic happily ever after. As far as I can tell this is only this authors second novel, but I am utterly impressed by her ability to present such an intriguing story. If this is a glimpse at the works possible from this author I look for many more great books.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This book is a very intriguing read. The main character, Lucy, has survived a virus that killed off 99% of the Earth's population-including her family. Lucy is a very industrious girl; she lives on her own and survives by herself. The action begins right away in this novel; the reader will not be bored. Lucy meets Aidan after he helps her evade a pack of wild dogs. She joins him and the other survivors; the reader will enjoy meeting the various different personalities. Of course, there is always the danger aspect. Lucy is not entirely safe; there are "sweepers" on the loose. Sweepers work for the government to round up survivors like Lucy to study them and attempt to discover why they survived the virus. It is not long before Lucy catches on that she is an integral part in discovering a cure. The book is not written entirely in the present tense, there are flashbacks to the past. The reader will experience, alongside Lucy, how life was before the virus. Lucy and her family were happy and "normal." There are a few different qualities to this story: action, romance, mystery, drama, etc... Lucy is a strong female character; readers will appreciate this since strong females leads are not common in survivalist novels. Lucy and Aidan have a bit of a budding romance; however, this is not the forefront of the story. The author allows the reader into this post-apocalyptic world; the environment is tangible to the reader. There is a lack of dialogue in the beginning of the novel as Lucy is alone for the first portion, but there is dialogue throughout the rest of the novel. The story is very fast-paced and new developments occur to hold the reader's interest. This novel is highly recommended for young adult/teen readers, specifically those who enjoy science fiction and action-filled novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ashes, Ashes is a novel about a girl trying to survive a post apocalyptic world. As she attempts to survive in a futureistic and devestated Central Park in the flooded, collapsed wasteland of what once was the mega-city of New York, she meets someone like her, just trying to survive, Aiden. I thought it was a great book although i did think the villain was a complete psycopath...even if she was trying to find a cure for the disese.highly recommended!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK! Its a great book! My teacher read this as a read aloud and when she would stop reading we would all be like " keep on reading! " you should get this book. If you are interested in the world ending and what the world may by like if it ended, get it!!!This book is not just about the world ending its also about romance and Girls out thre who are reading this review this book, it also involves a bit drama between a girl named Lucy and a girl named Del. Get this book its really worth buying it. You'll instantly fall in love with the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was "o.k.". It was not what I was looking for after reading the Hunger Games Trilogy, Divergent & Insurgent, & Legend (great). I rarely want to leave a book unfinished; however, this was one of those books. I'm sure the Author has better to offer the reader. Read Legend or Divergent if you're looking for some "end of the world" action.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good plot, great story but the book came to an abrupt end and it took away from the awesome adventure I was on as an egar reader. GREAT READ though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this a good story for me to b reading because i dont went to read it if it has bad words in it and anyot so good things in it so can someone please answer me about this book because i went to read it and will i understand what i am reading about and is there any pictures that i should not see in this story because i dont went to see any bad pictures in this story tat are not good for me eyes to see people today write books so the other people can read it an understand what they are reading about and people put bad things in books so that other people can read the book for themselfs and if there is any bad wotds in this book tjen im not reading this book then so someone tell me now of there is some bad words and anything worng with this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. It had everything. Every good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trust me if you like a dystopiaan kind of book, kinda like, The hunger gamed, you'll love thid book. I can't wait to read Pocket Full Of Posies! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book in the world. I wish there was another one to read. If there was I would read it a heart beat. My friend suggested it and we both loved it. Another one would be AWESOME!!!!(please write another one or more like it) :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was just absolutely amazing! I loved it so much! It will be worth the money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really great, i couldnt stop reading! It was a real page turner. It had a really interesting plot. If you like advenvure and suspense, you really should consider this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honestly I was expecting much much more out of this book the way most people described it, but it was the exact opposite. At first the story was interesting and good paced but after the first few chapters it started to slow down and it became much more dull. I wish I could say I liked it I really do wish that, but I just didn't. I wouldn't waste my time on this book if I were you, so just don't buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was an okay story. It started good, got wierd, but had an exciting, yet confusing finish, but the final chapter SUCKED was unnecessary.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and interesting. It could well be made into a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lov thiz book #yoloswag.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
                This is a great book for someone who likes plot twists, that however sometimes don’t actually benefit the story. It follows a girl named Lucy living in a post apoctoliptic (dystopian ) world.  In her soceity the plague took over and wiped out almost all of the population. There is no government to control anyone but there are sweepers who take the survivours for experimentation, scavengers that simply take whatever they can find , and S`ans who are people who have been infected by the plauge but miraculously survived. It starts with Lucy living in the woods alone just trying to survive the day. When she meets Aiden things change A LOT. I don’t want to give it away but just don’t expect to end the same story you started because nothing stays the same.                     I started reading this book thinking it would be like The Hunger Games trilogy or The Percy Jackson series. It`s just not like that. I`m pretty sure that if this book wasn’t required for school I wouldn’t end up finishing it. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try it though because it is different from other books I have read. The actual writing is very detailed and descriptive but the plot line just didn’t seem right. I would give this book 3 out of 5 stars because it still was very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ashes Ashes was an extremely exciting book. At somethimes I felt it difficult to put down. The novel was the first of many dystoian books i will engage myself in. The descriptive language and imagery made me picture the setting as dark and dreary. Lucy was an independent girl who knew exactly what she was doing. When the plague hits, shes the only one in her entire family to survive. After she is forced out of her cave by a tsunami, a certain character pops into the story. When Aiden arrived in the story, it flipped everything around in an amazing way. Aiden and Lucy's romance adds a fantastic twist to the plot. Jo does a magnificant job in making this one of my favorite books I have ever read. In conclusion, Ashes, Ashes by Jo Trggiari is an exciting and riveting novel and I can not wait for her to publish more.
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Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
One of the many dystopias that’s on the shelves, one that I decided to pick up because the plot itself looked and sounded interesting. For the most part it was. Albeit, the pace itself of the story was a bit slow. The setting itself isn’t so bad, Lucy herself is a survivor and knows how to live on her own - something I liked in her because sometimes the mopey heroines just don’t quite cut it in this type of setting. What I found amusing was despite how the world was, with everything totally upside down, teenagers will always act like teenagers. The petty bickering between Lucy, Del, and Aidan was out of place, but it also shows they’re still normal teenagers despite the circumstances. That was interesting to see, because it gives them a more ‘human’ feel instead of just standard characters on paper. There were a couple of things with the book that didn’t sit well with me. There were just so many unanswered questions! and I’m not sure there’s even going to be sequel? (if there is correct me if I’m wrong). You’re left with a “now what?” feeling at the end of the book. Besides the list of unanswered questions, the chemistry between Lucy and Aidan was just not there. I didn’t seem to really get a feel for both of them and they didn’t seem to go along well together. Some couples just...don’t mix well. It’s not the best read out there, but certainly worth a look see. I’d say take it or leave it. There’s much better, but there’s also a lot worse.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Write a series of this book or write a second one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago