ASHES by Ilsa J. Bick | September 6, 2011 by EgmontUSA | 480 Pages | Three Stars | Source: NetGalley (thanks!)
A cataclysmic event. An army of "The Changed."
Can one teen really survive on her own?
An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky, destroying every electronic device and killing billions. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human...
Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the Changed, Alex meets up with Tom---a young army veteran---and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse.
This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to survive
Summary from Goodreads.
ASHES started out good. Bick really knows how to write, and man, she knows how to up the stakes in a book. There’s a scene where wild dogs are coming after Ellie and Alex, they have one gun, and Ellie drops the gun in the water.
I was terrified for the characters in this book. Bick isn’t afraid to do anything – anything – to her characters, and it really, really, REALLY scared me. I still get a bad feeling in my stomach when I think about it. I haven’t been this terrified for characters since earlier this year when I read all six books of The Vampire Academy series.
I wish I could say “best. Book. Ever!” for this, but it’s not for me. It was really good at the beginning, then it started falling apart near the end. It’s a cliffhanger ending (RAWR!) but there’s still too many holes in the plot. It feels like it was split at that end because it was getting too lengthy already.
Sigh. I hate cliffhanger endings. I hate the feeling for this book.
It was going so well, too. I am sadden by this. Bick is a great writer, she knows how to torment readers, and excellent character development. But I still stand by my whole “Can we please have standalone books in series?” Actually, I don’t even know if this is a series. I hope so because I cannot – CANNOT – live with the cliffhanger ending. *Edited to add: it is a trilogy! :D
Sigh. I do recommend this book, though. It’s an amazing apocalyptic book. Everything is normal at first then ZAP! The world is in chaos. Love it and I'll be getting a finished copy as soon as it releases.