Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Publisher: Quercus (U.K)
Release Date: 29/09/2011
Genre: Young Adult/ Speculative fiction
Alex has run away and is hiking through the wilderness with her dead parents' ashes, about to say goodbye to the life she no longer wants to live. But then the world suddenly changes. An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky zapping every electronic device and killing the vast majority of adults. For those spared, it's a question of who can be trusted and who has changed... Everyone still alive has turned - some for the better (those who acquired a superhuman sense) while others for the worse (those who acquired a taste for human flesh). 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. This improvised family will have to use every ounce of courage they have just to find food, shelter, while fighting off the 'Changed' and those desperate to stay alive.
When I first read the blurb of this book I was instantly intrigued, the concept of a world divided between cannibals and people who have developed a superhuman sense was interesting,but I didn't know what to expect as I had never heard of the author or the book before. This book didn't disappoint after the first few pages I was hooked. The female lead in Ashes is called Alex and suffers from a brain tumor after an earth shattering Electromagnetic pulse, she is left with a superhuman sense of smell, she meets a girl called Ellie in the woods while hiking and together they try to find out what has happened why are people suddenly dropping dead,or why are young teenagers suddenly turning into human flesh eaters they also come across a young army veteran called Tom who helps them and fights with them a little sub-plot emerges of a attraction between Alex and Tom.
Ilsa Bick's descriptions are vivid and made me imagine the setting clearly. It is quite scary to imagine a world where people feed on humans and all means of communication and transport is dead the fear that infected Alex had the same effect on me at times. I was constantly on edge while reading Ashes, it has amazing twists and a wonderful plot-line. Ilsa J.Bick's writing style is incredible. I also loved the love triangle element in the story (I prefer Chris).
There was huge cliff hanger at the end my jaw literally dropped open I honestly cannot wait for the sequel!
This is a must read for dystopian,post-Apocalyptic and sci-fi fans.
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