Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick


I finished reading Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick- another entry in the dystopian/disaster/zombie arena. At first I was not sure about the book, one of the main characters, Ellie, an 8-year-old girl who has lost her whole family, speaks with a voice wise beyond her years. I found this distracting enough that I thought I might abandon the book, but then the action kicked in and almost never stopped.

This book is written with urgency and non-stop momentum. From the head piercing burst of something that kills most people under 65 to the very last scene which finds our protagonist Alex running for her life again, Bick slams her foot down on the accelerator and hardly lets up.

Now I have to read the second book in the trilogy, Shadows, and can’t wait for the third due out in the Fall- Monsters. If you have not yet read this book, I recommend you do. By the way, it is also on the current Texas Tayshas recommended list for teens and in this case, I agree.

I’m now onto another 2013 Tayshas: The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater.


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