Title: Ashes (Ashes #1)
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Release date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Source: Boulder Book Store
It could happen tomorrow . . .
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into 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.
Ashes is a dark and gritty tale of a world gone mad. Ilsa J. Bick does not shy away from anything and while at times it seems overwhelming, in the end it all adds up to a fabulous book.
Ashes packs a punch from the very beginning. It is full of action, suspense, and tons of terrifying revelations about what happens when there aren’t enough resources for everyone. It is full of death, destruction, and a quite a few gory surprises. The scariest thing about Ashes is how realistic it is. It is startling to think that this could happen sometime in the very near future.
Every character, even the ones with the smallest roles, are three-dimensional and wonderfully well-rounded. Alex, the main character, is full of spunk, fight, and quite a few snarky comments. Ellie, one of the first characters you meet after Alex, is a breath of fresh air in the gloomy atmosphere of post-EMP United States. Even through the toughest times she lightens the moods and brings out Alex’s sweeter side. Tom is my favorite character because I think everyone can relate to him in some way. He is very real and steady. No matter what, I think everyone can find someone to relate to in Ashes.
Overall, Ashes is one of the most gripping stories that I have read in a long time. This trilogy is one to watch out for. It holds a lot of potential. If the following books are anything like this one, Ilsa J. Bick can expect to have a lot of engrossed fans.