By Ilsa J. Bick
Sept. 6, 2011
EgmontUSA, 480 pages
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 novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.
— Amazon.com description
I would not survive the zombie apocalypse. I just wouldn’t. My face would be eaten, donezo, end game, over and out. I can’t make a fire, my knee is too janked up to run fast and I can’t stay quiet long enough to stay in hiding.
But I’m cool with that. Someone’s got to feed the angry hordes.
Instead, I read about it. I’m such a girly girl, but I can’t help but LOVE books about kids trapped in the woods and forced to defend themselves (a la Hunger Games, Eve, Blood Red Road, The Road, etc.).
There’s something about isolation that makes a character reveal her true self, plus there’s no better way to push someone over the edge than to force her to rely on the kindness of strangers.
And Ilsa Bick did this so freaking well in Ashes. My emotions were toyed with, my heart was pounding, and I could not put it down. Alex’s strength was amazing and the little makeshift family she found for herself in the woods was just…agh, even thinking about it gets my heart aching.
But, be warned. This book does have a bit of multiple personality disorder. Halfway through the book, the setting shifted, characters were added and I was in serious “WTF mode.” Is this the same book? Is this real life? Did this just happen? Yeah.
However, the first half was so insanely strong, I have to believe the choices in the second half were made for a reason. Maybe I’m holding on to a thread here, but I have to say this book is worth a read, and I’ll be sticking around, crossing my fingers, praying the sequel helps me see the light.