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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.

Gripped me from beginning to end – dark, creepy and suspenseful.  James Dashner,

New York Times Best-Selling author of The Maze Runner and The Scorch Trials       

             

A haunting and epic story of survival in a shattered world, ASHES is a must read.  

Michael Grant, New York Times Best-Selling author of Gone

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"Bick delivers an action-packed tale of an apocalypse unfolding, launching a trilogy with flair. While camping in a national park in Michigan, 17-year-old Alex, a girl coping with a brain tumor and the side effects of its treatment, survives a series of electromagnetic pulses that may have taken out the entire world. Miles from nowhere, she hikes with new companions — an obstinate eight-year-old orphan named Ellie and a young soldier named Tom — as they try to make sense of things. Aside from wrecking their equipment, the pulse has killed most adults and morphed young people into psychotic flesh-eating monsters that are soon dubbed the Changed. Alex is different, too (her formerly dead sense of smell is now nearly supernaturally strong), and the companions worry about their own potential to 'Change' as they attempt to find other survivors. Bick (Draw the Dark) doesn't shy away from gore — one woman's guts 'boiled out in a dusky, desiccated tangle, like limp spaghetti' — but it doesn't derail the story's progress. If readers have any complaint, it will be with the ending, which only sets up the next book. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery.  One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at www.ilsajbick.com.

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Sara Gundell, September 21, 2011 (view all comments by Sara Gundell)
Take elements of Stephen King’s The Stand, Carrie Ryan’s The Forest of Hands and Teeth, and Moira Young’s Blood Red Road, mix in a unique, compelling new voice in YA literature, a new twist on the apocalyptic zombie story, a healthy dose of original characters, and combine … the results will be Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, a stunning and suspenseful new novel well worth the pre-publication hype it’s been receiving.

What grabbed me first about Ashes was the wonderful narrative; Bick has a gift for writing that is both beautiful and compelling. But it was the unfolding story that really sucked me in. It had a feel very much like King’s The Stand, and being a fan of that book, I was instantly hooked. But Bick takes you on a journey that is a far cry from anything you’ve read, giving a completely new spin to the concept of the zombie apocalypse. She draws on the finest elements of horror, without slipping into the realm of the gratuitous.

And just as you think you have an idea of where this book is going, Bick takes you in a whole other direction �" weaving in an unexpected twist about half-way through that changes the entire scope of the novel. At times, the elements added in by this twist seem like a strange addition, and can be difficult to follow, but they all start coming together by the book’s grotesque and stunning last page. Though not advertised prominently, I think you’ll find it helpful knowing that Ashes is not a standalone book �"but rather the first in a series ( a trilogy, I believe). So don’t expect everything to be tied up neatly by the end. Though engaging on its own as a novel, in many ways, Ashes is simply setting the stage for what’s to come next.

Besides the compelling narrative and creepy storyline, Ashes is successful on a whole other level with its engaging cast of characters. Alex is a fresh, new voice in YA �" with a unique outlook on life that will both frighten and compel readers to understand her better. Alex is by no means a perfect person, yet you understand where she’s coming from and you are there to root her on along the way �" especially as she encounters the likes of young Ellie and Tom, the young Army soldier with some dark secrets of his own. This rag-tag group is so lovable that it’s painful, as the reader, to see them torn apart by the events of the book.

If I said anymore, I’m afraid I’d start spoiling the book �" and that’s a large part of what makes reading Ashes so enjoyable: is not knowing where it will go next. It’s truly an edge-of-your-seat, twisted story of both horror and hope.
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ISBN:
9781606841754
Author:
Bick, Ilsa J
Publisher:
Egmontusa
Author:
Bick, Ilsa J.
Subject:
Children s-Adventure Stories
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Subject:
zombies;survival;dystopia;young adult;horror;post-apocalyptic;ya;science fiction;fiction;dystopian;emp;apocalyptic;teen;cancer;romance;suspense;apocalypse;thriller;post-apocalypse
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 9
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8.55 x 5.83 x 1.5 in 1.26 lb
Age Level:
from 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Bick delivers an action-packed tale of an apocalypse unfolding, launching a trilogy with flair. While camping in a national park in Michigan, 17-year-old Alex, a girl coping with a brain tumor and the side effects of its treatment, survives a series of electromagnetic pulses that may have taken out the entire world. Miles from nowhere, she hikes with new companions — an obstinate eight-year-old orphan named Ellie and a young soldier named Tom — as they try to make sense of things. Aside from wrecking their equipment, the pulse has killed most adults and morphed young people into psychotic flesh-eating monsters that are soon dubbed the Changed. Alex is different, too (her formerly dead sense of smell is now nearly supernaturally strong), and the companions worry about their own potential to 'Change' as they attempt to find other survivors. Bick (Draw the Dark) doesn't shy away from gore — one woman's guts 'boiled out in a dusky, desiccated tangle, like limp spaghetti' — but it doesn't derail the story's progress. If readers have any complaint, it will be with the ending, which only sets up the next book. Ages 14 — up. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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