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Ashes by Ilsa Bick

August 8th, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Downloaded from NetGalley

Publication date: September 6, 2011

Publisher: Egmont

I give this book 3.5 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: It could happen tomorrow…

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.

I really had a hard time settling on a rating for this book and almost decided not to give a rating.  The main reason why was that I absolutely loved the first part of the book.  Yes, some of Alex’s skills were just too good to be true and yes, Ellie was a total brat but what can you expect from an 8 year old who just lost her father but the story was exciting, it moved along nicely and I was immediately engrossed in the entire story.  Just as a warning, I did not know this was going to be a zombie story and there were some surprisingly gruesome parts for a YA book.  I’m still curious about why some people turned zombie and some didn’t and I have to admit it’s driving me a little batty wondering why.  Still I could not put this book down and then it all came to a screeching halt.

The author takes you to this exciting climax with so many things going on and your heart is racing wondering what is going to happen and then slams you into a wall.  The action cuts off and picks up again 3 days later.  It was so abrupt I actually flipped back and forth a few pages to make sure I did not miss anything.  It was so disjointed and such a let down that it tainted the rest of the book for me.  I found this later half to be pretty slow moving and I found the new characters to be hard to care for or despise.  Even Alex seems to fade away and had a hard time making me  root for her again.  Then the ultimate disappointment was finding out this was a part of a series and you are left totally hanging.  Not even a clue about what may happen next.

So really the first part of the book was a 4 for me and then the second half dropped down to a 3 and possibly even a 2.5 star.  Still I enjoyed the beginning so much that I will definitely pick up the next book in the series and am hoping the excitement and level of writing rises again.

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3 Responses

  1. Michelle

    I struggled with the beginning of this book. It was very slow at the start but once the action got going I ended up liking it better. Lenore and I are actually doing a discussion post on it for the end of #dystopianaugust. There were a lot of interesting pieces to it and man….that ending….UGH

  2. Debbie's World of Books

    Can’t wait to read your discussion. I’m so torn about how I feel about this book. I really want to know what happens next though.

  3. Lori

    I felt the exact same way! The first half was sooo intense and unputdownable and then I was completely bored with the later half. It was very disappointing. I’m happy to see that I’m not the only one that felt this way! But I am excited for book two!

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