Crimson Ash

Crimson Ash

by Haley Sulich


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You may live as a soldier or face death. Choose wisely.

Solanine Lucille wants her little sister back. Eight years ago, the government kidnapped her sister Ember, stole her memories, and transformed her into a soldier. But Solanine refuses to give up. Now that she and her fiancé have located the leader of a rebel group, she believes she can finally bring Ember home. But then the soldiers raid the rebels, killing her fiancé and leaving Solanine alone with her demons and all the weapons needed for revenge.

After raiding a rebel camp, sixteen-year-old Ember doesn’t understand why killing some boy bothers her. She’s a soldier—she has killed hundreds of people without remorse. But after she fails a mission, the rebels hold her hostage and restore her memories. Ember recognizes her sister among the rebels and realizes the boy she killed was Solanine’s fiancé.

Ember knows she can’t hide the truth forever, but Solanine has secrets too.

As their worlds clash, the two sisters must decide if their relationship is worth fighting for. And one wrong move could destroy everything—and everyone—in their path.

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ISBN-13: 9781948115001
Publisher: Write Plan
Publication date: 05/10/2018
Pages: 382
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.85(d)

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Crimson Ash 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Rebecca Shelton More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately for me, this was really just an Ok read; I originally requested a copy of this because I was oh so intrigued by the actual blurb. It really captured my attention and sounded ever so intriguing in its overall description. But this one; for me was one that worked much better on paper than in its actuality. Initially, I found myself rather bored and uninvested I also had real issues getting into and immersing myself in the story plot. I'm not really sure why that was, as it had all the necessary ingredients that usually work for me. Just something seemed to be missing from the recipe which was a shame as It was one that I was really looking forward to reading. So after several stops and false starts, I finally bit the bullet and managed to get through the first few chapters and once accomplishing this feat I then found myself much more interested in what was to come next. Basically "Crimson Ash" is a YA future dystopian tale set against a surreal post apocalyptic landscape. Our story though encompassing many characters is really the saga of two sisters Ember and Solanine; told by focusing individually on each sister and then alternating POV "Crimson Ash" bounces back and forth weaving a fantastical web. A war is raging between two opposing factions drawing all into the crossfire whether wanted or not. So this has all sorts to offer its readers; deep tragedy action and romance all combined together to bring forth a fresh new voice in Dystopian YA fiction and once I connected here I did then enjoy myself; there were still things that for me spoilt things, but for the most part, I was satisfied with the eventual conclusion we were given. The main grumbles I had that caused me to drop my rating a smidge was the constant back and forth between the rebels and the government; I did find this slightly tedious and I also thought some of the secondary characters could have been a tad better developed than they were. ultimately though this wasn't a bad read just one that wasn't really my flavour at times. Maybe it will be a better fit for you; as at its heart, this was a good solid YA read that was at times just so bittersweet and poignant in nature. Thank you to the authors for providing me with a Review copy of "Crimson Ash" of which I have reviewed voluntary. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
Rustic_Book_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Oh this story. I loved this so much. This is defently to story of love for family. We have 2 sister, Solanine Lucille and Ember, that were tore apart after a tragic kidnapping. You will experience one with memories and the other with memories on the government has programmed her to know. Solanine will stop at nothing to bring her sister back home. How far are you willing to go to save your family? The fight and love to rescue her sister is amazing in this book. I highly recommend this.
onemused More than 1 year ago
"Crimson Ash" alternates between two sisters, Solanine and Ember, in a dystopian-like future. In this future, there are emotionless soldiers who do the bidding of their leader and communicate through mind links and there is everybody else who is trying to avoid the soldiers. When civilians are captured, they are either killed or turned into a soldier- which means their memories are wiped and they are trained to be killers. At least, this is what I gathered over time. This alternate world is not well explained and I felt pretty lost. Let's go to the sisters. I was pretty excited for a book about sisters, but the bonds and relationships between them seemed to fall short. Solanine's chapters were told in third person point-of-view while Ember's were in first person point-of-view. This may seem like it would take away from the confusion, but it felt like a mental shift to go back and forth between the points-of-view. Despite each type, every chapter focused more on actions than emotions/feelings, so it was hard to wrap your mind around the sisters and where they stood. We get some information about how they felt/thought but largely through their actions rather than introspection. Things seemed a little too blunt/sudden without much context, and I felt like people were constantly changing their personalities. For instance, in one day, Solanine is saying she can't do anything to help and in the next, she is resisting leaving the battlefield because she knows she will be able to do more than others can. It seemed like a sudden flip that wasn't well explained. I felt this way about a lot of the plot, and I got pretty lost in the story. It seems like it just needs some massaging/further editing to really turn into something quite good. Overall, I think it shows some promise, but I was a little lost in it and wish the background was clarified more and that there was a little more character development. Please note that I received an ARC through netgalley. All opinions are my own.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
The world was decimated by the virus, the Devil’s Dream. In a nightmarish tale that pits sister against sister, steals memories and free will, all that remains are the demons of the past and the monster that has warped the future. CRIMSON ASH by Haley Sulich is a powerful tale of loss, emotional torment and choices when one sister flees to remain free and another is taken captive to become a robotic soldier without her memories, emotions or the freewill to fight against the false world she has become part of. Solanine lives with the memories of the night she let go of her sister’s hand and lost her to a cruel and twisted government who stole her memories and created a killing machine. Years later, their paths will cross again, standing on opposite sides of the war. Ember has no memory of Solanine, or the man she just killed, but this time, it felt different. After being captured by the rebels, Ember is “cured” of the virus, her memories returned, but those memories could be the very thing that will drive a permanent wedge between the sisters. Haley Sulich’s dystopian tale is filled with angst, self-doubt, self-destruction and heartbreak as a group of rebels fight back against the government that has destroyed their world. Gritty, dark and filled with a constant sense of turmoil, this edge-of-your-seat read has a shaky opening that gains ground and runs full-throttle throughout. Twists, turns and the seemingly impossible odds add a sense of action and adventure as David stands against Goliath, with an unknown outcome. If you like your reading able to stay one step ahead of where you THOUGHT it was going with emotions running hot throughout, you’ll be lost in this “reality” as the hours fly by. I received a complimentary ARC edition from Write Plan! This is my honest and voluntary review.
Sarah Foil More than 1 year ago
After a deadly virus eliminates much of the world's population, those who are left are divided into two factions. One is in the technologically advanced and military-centric City of Graven, where everything about the people from their clothes and hair are controlled and surpressed. The other is the rebel group living throughout the world in hiding, attempting to capture soliders from the City of Graven and undo the brainwashing they're sufferred through. Trapped on opposite sides of this war are sisters, Solanine and Ember. This was one of the first books I picked out when I started this reviewing adventure with Netgalley in December. I was really drawn in by the cover. It's beautifully done and completely original. I also have always been excited by post-apocolypic and dystopian worlds. There's something so chilling about getting a peak into a worst-case scenario for our planet. I've been eargerly waiting to read this book and couldn't wait to jump in. First off, the world of Crimson Ash did not disappointment. It's complex and well thought out. It's all at once alien and familiar, depending on which sister's point of view we're in. Learn about the Devil's Dream, the virus that infected most of the population, was intriguing and played a great role in the story. The two sides of the war were both also great to learn about, as both had good intentions for their fight, as well as poor execution. I really found myself excited and drawn in by the side characters in this book. The leaders of the two factions, Nightshade and Graven were fascinating and complex. In particular, I felt a strong connection to one of Ember's co-soliders Cahira, as she struggled to keep the people who cared about together. I really didn't feel much for the two sisters, unfortunately. I think part of the problem was that the story alternates point of view fo Ember and Solanine, making it more difficult to connect with them. Ember, as a brainwashed solider, is fairly cold and unfeeling so it's hard to relate to her. Meanwhile, Solanine's part of the story is told in third person, so it's difficult to get inside of her head as well. The biggest struggle with this book was the storytelling. As I started reading the first chapter, I felt like I was in the second book of series, rather than the first. I actually had to put the book down and google to see if I'd somehow missed that there was book before this one, which I usually research fairly well before reading a book. Instead, I was thrown into the middle of a fast-paced story that was already well into the action, so I had a hard time keeping up. I feel like this would make an excellent sequel to a book, but as the first book in a series or a stand alone book, it starts too much in media res for a reader for feel comfortable. Crimson Ash is a fast-paced and exciting dystopian fiction novel that fans of science, technology and fiction should check out. The beginning is a bit disorienting and it's difficult to relate to the main characters, but the world built is unique and well worth taking a look at. There are a number of graphic scenes in this book, including abusive drinking, suicide and violent deaths. I would recommend this book for older teens or young adults.