Title: Ashes. Author: Ilsa J. Bick. Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Speculative Fiction. Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Date: September An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions. Alex hiked into . SHADOWS pretty much picks up where ASHES left off and is a bigger and broader book, with a LOT going on, new characters to meet, new mysteries to unravel.

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Ashes starts out with an almost-teary goodbye with Alex’s aunt on the phone because she’s about to hike out into the mountains for a week-long trip before she becomes too weak she has terminal cancer – heartbreaking, I know.

So You Read ASHES a Year Ago | ILSA J. BICK

I can’t help it, I love this book. Alex isn’t allowed illsa leave. No Tom, no zombies, the second half sucked. But oh no, just wait, now she is a living bloodhound. I actually pictured Chloe Moretz as Hit-Girl from the movie Kickass–attitude, not violence–wh The beginning of this book sucked me in immediately with a very different sort of beginning compared to ashez average YA novel. It puts them to shame in terms of worldbuilding and character development. And i have a question how do you connect all?

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Unfortunately, the boy dies without regaining consciousness. She is deeply biick encountering Jack’s group. Alex herself suddenly seems like she’s just stumbling from one random encounter to the next, and by the time it all ended with a somewhat interesting but predictable cliffhanger, I was ready to abandon them all to whatever horrible munchy fate might befall them. Read and listened to finish asap. 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 e This book was completely not what I was expecting.


Deer run off a cliff, maddened for unknown reasons. Dark and reserved, a bit of a brooder, Chris has an uncanny ability to find Spared, especially up north around Oren and its nearby Amish community. Sep 22, Hayat rated it really liked it Shelves: Little Ellie is understandably bitter and has bbick through more than any eight-year old girl should; readers will easily forgive her bad attitude once they learn more hick her struggles.

She’s only eight, after all.

So You Read ASHES a Year Ago

There are quiet periods. While both romances are a bit predictable, the leading men are likeable enough that many readers will root for asges both. That is the only word I could think to use. Read Currently Reading Want to Read.

If you consider reading a rather interesting, no-filter-gruesome Zombie dystopia, “Ashes” is definitely no bad choice.

Aside from being flat out olsa by it, I was slightly confused by the ending.

Bick, if you read this, let me just say this one thing to you: I liked it even more the second time around. And this particular author likes cliffhangers so much, she even ended a few chapters with them.


Ashes is face-paced, action packed and gory. There’s a few canned-ham scenes, most notably when view spoiler [Alex and Tom part: I was frustrated Alex didn’t double asges to get it, even if it meant killing the dog who guarded the old man’s body.

Still, not everything is rotten. Ashes went from being amazing to being utterly unimaginative and even boring at times. Surely all this angst was laying the groundwork for a truly epic finale. Pechschwarzer Mond Additionally each part is separated in 4 parts, which make up the 8 parts of book 3. This cliffhanger ends one chapter and when the next one begins, the story takes up three days later. I am not a zombie purist.

Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick

Although, rereading the back, I’m not sure why I was so surprised. Was Chris a bad guy after all? Book 3, part 5 of 8.

It was the first hint of oddness to come. The back cover reads: Apparently her mother was a doctor and they used to spend their time together stitching up chickens.