14 October 2013

{Book Review} Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

By: Me My Shelf And I | 14 October 2013 at 12:04 AM | | | | | | | | |


Ashes #1
Author: Ilsa J. Bick
Pages: 480
Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Egmont USA
Rating 5 Birds

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 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.

All the blood and gore of THE WALKING DEAD, with twists and circumstances never before seen in a zombie book!

ASHES is the first in the Ashes Trilogy I will be reviewing this month. First things first – WHY in the name of all that is holy was I not informed about this book sooner? This book has blown my mind!

I can not stress to you enough how in love with this series I am. I love how it’s a zombie book, but so not your typical zombie book. Bick introduces a new zombie, one not created by a medical mess up, or a contaminated food source. Ones that can’t pass on their state-of-being through a bite. Zombies that aren’t dead. Yes you heard me, zombies that are not dead.

On top of this new species of un-dead, we are treated to the unbelievably realistic, detailed and informative life of Alex, our heroine and the people she meets along her survival journey. I’m not kidding, I know more legit survival info from this book that I could learn in an entire series of Bear Grylls shows. The amount of research and effort put into making this a very authentic survival story really comes through loud and clear. I am so happy to have found it since normally a YA survival story is sort of glossed over or done in a “lite” fashion, leaving out so much that could build the world even more.

Now, I should warn you, this is not for the faint of heart. Meaning, Bick holds nothing back when it comes down to dinner time for the zombies, survival for the non-zombies, heck one of our main characters is 8 years old. Hear me now, people die. People get hurt. A lot. And it’s often explained in grand detail worthy of a spot in The Walking Dead (minus the whole decaying zombie look…because remember – these zombies are not dead). I did a little dance in my seat when I read the first gory details in ASHES, because let’s face it, what it looks like when you rip off a limb, or the sound intestines make when squished in a hand, are not details normally in YA novels.

I give this book a full 5 Birds for being unique, intriguing, bloody and REAL! The end of the world isn’t going to be pretty folks, if it ever happens, why make it pretty in books! Thank you Ilsa Bick for giving it to use straight and spinning us a story so full of suspense that a disclaimer should be printed on the front of ASHES that reads: “Do not finish this book unless you have book two, SHADOWS ready to go.” Which Thankfully, I did – and I am halfway through is already!

When I review the final book in the Ashes Trilogy, I will be giving away something great! So stay tuned!

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1 comment:

  1. I loved Ashes, and if you think it was not for the faint of heart, then I'm sure as you read Shadows, you a finding out it's even worse. I also loved Shadows. I was disappointed in the third book -- mostly because it was sooo unnecessarily LONG. But hopefully you don't feel that way! Thanks for the great review!


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