Thursday, March 22, 2012

Ashes by Ilsa J Bick [Review]

5 out of 5 Robots!  
 Ashes by Ilsa J. Black
Genre: Young Adult Dystopia
Release: September 6, 2011
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 480 pages
Publisher: EgmontUSA
My Copy: Amazon Vine
Reviewer: Rex
Buy this book: Amazon

Rex's Thoughts:
Alex has decided to go on one final camping trip - to say goodbye to her family and end her life. Little does she know that she will actually be saying goodbye to the world as she knows it. Ashes is simply brilliant- it had my heart pounding, it kept me up at night, I was literally holding my breath from one moment to the next. Bick has me believing these characters, they're so real it is incredible. They popped off the pages. The writing here is beautiful and fascinating. I never once skimmed or felt I was drowning in details and useless information, yet the world seemed so alive. I couldn't stop thinking about these characters for days after I finished reading.

Alex already seems old for her age due to losing her parents, but the situation only further evolves her character. Tom is a solider and the perfect counterpart to Alex. I am extremely excited with this small makeshift survival family. Ellie is infuriating, just as any eight year old girl put in dire situations would be. I just can't get over how pragmatic these characters are and how well they develop throughout the plot.

Alex, Tom and Ellie are put through the ringer surviving the wilderness and running into all types of monsters - not only Zombies. In a world gone crazy, the ugly side of humanity rears its head. The ending leaves a lot to be desired! I want to know moooore! This is easily one of my top five favorite reads of 2011. Bick is now on my must-read author list!

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