Ashes (Ashes #1) by Ilsa J. Bick

By Ilsa J. Bick

Series: Ashes #1
Genre: Young Adult, Apocalyptic, Zombie

It could happen tomorrow…

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying ever 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.
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My Thoughts:

It really could happen tomorrow…EMP’s that is. There are plenty of ‘preppers’ who are expecting this exact situation to happen. Well maybe not exactly but something close to it. It was interesting seeing how the author handled the EMP ‘event’ since I haven’t read any other books with them. Overall the beginning of book is about figuring out what the heck happened and surviving the fallout from it.

The second half of the book went in an unexpected direction and it lost just a bit of its originality because of it. I’ve seen a somewhat similar situation somewhere else but I won’t mention where because I don’t want to spoil anything. Don’t let this necessarily deter you from reading Ashes, this direction choice wasn’t bad but I think I would have enjoyed it a little more if it hadn’t gone there.

I definitely plan to read more of this series and I have high hopes for the second book. I’m itching to write more about this book but I’m afraid it would be entirely too spoilery so I’ll call it quits here.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. How did you do this from your cabin??? busy girl.
    Did you finish the cross word?

    For some reason I love the cover on this!
    This sounds like a good book!

  2. I'm just that talented :-P

    I got further on your crossword but not mine.

  3. Darn phone ate my comment earlier! So i had to come home and comment haha. So yes - I didn't like the direction it went in either. (I felt like it was The Passage like in a way) I do want to read the next one but I'm not foaming at the mouth to do so. April LOVED the series. I think she needs more editing on the length.

  4. I agree, I want to read the next in the series but I'm not dying to get my hands on it.

    I haven't heard of The Passage but if it goes in the same direction I'm not sure if I want to go there.


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