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.
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling post-apocalyptic novel about a world that could become ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
Ashes was an interesting mix. I don’t even know what to say without giving away a big chunk of the second half of the book. What I can say is, it’s a zombie book, but these zombies aren’t ‘dead’. The electromagnetic pulse that has destroyed so much technology has changed something inside them, made them animalistic and crazed. I loved how everyone was effected in some way. Awesomely enough the crazy behavior doesn’t spread in your typical manner by a bite either!
I really enjoyed the first half of this book more so than the second, it almost could have been a book of it’s own. Things take a big detour in the second half that I compltely did not expect. The meat of it felt so completely different when Alex gets to the town called Rule. I wasn’t sure I was going to like how it turned out but. Thankfully Alex and I were of a similar mind, so I was rolling right along which her. I seriously dig this chick. She’s one tough as nails survivor. Admittedly, I don’t normally like it when I feel I’m reading two big stories in one but it works here. My one pick point is I feel it could have had about 100 pages shaved off of it. But that’s just me – I say this only because then I wouldn’t have felt the way I did about the first and second half. For me, Ashes had a similar feeling to it as The Passage by Justin Cronin.
There was a touch of romance which didn’t overwhelm things, so you romance lovers out there will like that. I tell you what though, was thrown for a loop because it was a total bait and switch. Looking forward to book two, Shadows!
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