I was excited to finally read Ashes. When it came from the library I knew that I just had to read it no matter what I had on my tbr list. Well I really wish I had read more reviews as I may not have been so eager and then would have just read the books I already have on hand. This makes it sound like I didn’t enjoy the book and while that is not accurate disappointed sure is. ( Also applies to the TBR challenge I’m taking part in )
The blurb -
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.
This sounds great and the first half is. Alex is a snarky tough teen while off on her own dealing with some personal issues an EMP is set off in the city? country? worldwide? who knows but it’s big and bad and causes a lot of people to die. The EMP also causes some of the living to change. Change and start feasting on human flesh. Alex starts off meeting up with a kid and her grandfather the kid was simply annoying and bratty later on in the book she got to be less of a pain in the butt but geez talk about not being a sympathetic character. Alex I liked in the beginning though I would have liked her more if she would have smacked the kid upside the head. They then meet up with Tom hot Army guy, he seamed cool though he too should have told the brat to knock it off. While on the road trying to find more people, news and supplies they split up not saying how it happens it just does.
That would be the turn in the book when it goes down hill to what the hell is this crap?! It then becomes a mushy teen girl oh which boy do I like, cult religious crap thrown about mess. I loved the beginning smart strong teen, EMP big event, survival and then it went to cult crazy land.
This book is the first of a trilogy and sadly the second half was so disappointing that I now no longer want to read the remainder in the series. Some reviews are all kinds of glowing so clearly not all felt the way I did other reviews felt the same great first half stupid second, as this is my review I myself cannot recommend it but clearly not all feel the same so the only recommendation I have it read many reviews and then decide but know that there are much better books out there to choose from.
- Review: Ashes (Ashes, #1) By: Ilsa J. Bick (alifeboundbybooks.blogspot.com)
- Ashes by Ilsa J Bick [Review] (rexrobotreviews.com)
- TBR Tuesday – Cover Lust – Sequels! (tamingthebookshelf.com)
- Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick (blackbirdbookreviews.wordpress.com)