Title: Ashes. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. Desperate to find out what happened and to avoid the zombies that are on the hunt, Alex meets up with Tom — an Army veteran who escaped one war only to find something worse at home — and Ellie, a young girl whose grandfather was killed by the electromagnetic pulse. A tense and involving adventure with shocks and sudden plot twists that will keep teen and adult readers gripped. Why did I read this book: I loved Ms.

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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ashes by Ilsa J. Ashes Ashes Trilogy 1 by Ilsa J. Bick Goodreads Author. 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 It could happen tomorrow.

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. 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.

Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. More Details Original Title. Ashes Trilogy 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ashes , please sign up. I read the book a while ago and I want to read the second one but I don't remember exactly how this one ended, could anyone help me? Sam This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [It ended when Alex found out that Rise was feeding the changed, not fighting them.

She learns this after escaping Rise, hide spoiler ]. Katie Not at all. There is no sex and I don't think even a single swear word was used. See all 7 questions about Ashes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Ashes Ashes Trilogy, 1. Jun 17, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: adult , horror , read , dystopian-post-apocalyptic-utopian , publication , young-adult , pn-zombies-biters , readalong , mature-ya , huge-disappointments.

It all starts with a cataclysmic electromagnetic impulse. Dead birds fall from the sky. Deer run off a cliff, maddened for unknown reasons. And people drop dead instantaneously and inexplicably--or they are miraculously, irrevocably changed, some for the better, and some for the worse.

The first half of this book is a phenomenal. She is saddled with an angry 8-year-old and an attractive ex-Army guy who's hiding se It all starts with a cataclysmic electromagnetic impulse. She is saddled with an angry 8-year-old and an attractive ex-Army guy who's hiding secrets, and they all must find safety and shelter from the other survivors who are no longer The prologue is well-written and compelling, and I was drawn to the bleak, lonely mood and stark setting right from the very beginning.

I liked the strong but fragile Alex, and I was thoroughly engrossed by the incredible suspense and visceral, shudder-inducing scenes that will be forever seared into my memory. But literally halfway through the book, something really odd happens. During a tense standoff with a band of vicious kidnappers, one of the three people in Alex's group is shot. This cliffhanger ends one chapter and when the next one begins, the story takes up three days later.

From that point on, things stop making any kind of sense at all. The story changes tone completely, there is a whole new cast of characters, the story is poorly plotted, the writing became disjointed, and every single element I liked about the first half of the book was completely abandoned. 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.

It is such a shock to go from loving a book and then to being completely annoyed with it, so I had no idea what to do about rating this one.

The first half of this book is literally a 5 star read for me and I don't give 5 stars that often , but the second half is maybe a 1. It's as if the second portion was written by a completely different person! What a disappointment. I really wish that these problems had been fixed in the outlining stage, but certainly they should have been sorted out by the time the manuscript made it through several drafts and edits and rewrites.

I really regret the wasted potential of the amazing first pages, as well as fantastic premise. I don't know if I'll ever recover from the abrupt downhill hurtle that this book plunged down; I finished this novel 5 days ago and I'm still mad at it.

This review also appears in The Midnight Garden. An advance copy was provided by the publisher. View all 70 comments. Sep 10, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: zombies-r-bitey , why-yes-i-ya. View all 39 comments. Jun 22, Maja The Nocturnal Library rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed-in , zombies-zombies-everywhere , huge-disappointment , never-saw-it-coming , post-apocalyptic , cliffhanger-ending , readalong , moments-of-great-frustration , netgalley.

I hate having to review this book. I've spent the last 24 hours thinking about it, trying to figure out a way to point out the good and the bad, instead of just listing all the things that annoyed me.

It was amazingly well wri I hate having to review this book. It was amazingly well written, fast paced, with interesting, layered characters and a compelling plot. Alex is a year-old girl with a brain tumor.

At the beginning of Ashes, she is out of the hospital and has just decided not to do any more treatments, seeing as they are not helping her in any way. Instead, she chooses to go hiking in the wilderness. There she meets an old man and his granddaughter Ellie and shares a meal with them. Shortly after that, an EMP wipes out every electronic device and kills the old man in the process.

After only a short walk, the girls stumble upon two teenagers who are eating another human. It becomes pretty obvious that the EMP affected human brains as well as the electronic devices.

But why then did Alex and Ellie remain unchanged?! From the end of one chapter to the beginning of the next, everything changed. Ashes went from being amazing to being utterly unimaginative and even boring at times. I had to force myself to finish it. It picked up the pace again on the last 50 pages or so, but only to make the most horrible, cliffhanger ending possible. Here are some of my problems with the book: - Alex is 17, but she is far too skilled and mature for that to be believable, even more so because she's been very sick for a very long time.

She could have been book smart, sure, but building fires?!? I don't think so. She kept saying that her father taught her, but he was dead by the time she entered her teen years.

Apparently her mother was a doctor and they used to spend their time together stitching up chickens. A cliffhanger ending will make me less likely to read the next book, not more! And this particular author likes cliffhangers so much, she even ended a few chapters with them. When you end a chapter with a cliffhanger and start the next one with the words Three days later , you can count on losing a few readers. Maybe Ilsa J. Michelle R.


Ashes by Ilsa Bick - review

Ilsa J. Bick is an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books and novels. She has written for several long-running science fiction series, most notably Star Trek , Battletech , and Mechwarrior:Dark Age. Her original stories have been featured in numerous anthologies, magazines, and online venues.


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