[Audiobook] Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

Ashes Trilogy #1
Published September 2011 by Egmont
Narrated by Katherine Kellgren | Audible
480 pages | 11 hours 6 minutes
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Genre: YA Apocalyptic Zombie
Series: Ashes | Shadows | Monsters
Source: Purchased
Rating: Liked | Audio Liked

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. (Source: Audible)

I’ve been dying to finally get around to reading this book since it came out. Yep, 3 years ago. I’d heard it was creepy. The buzz word “zombies” came up too. Even after finishing it, I still don’t know what to think. I guess I’ll have to read on.

Alex was great to follow. She is strong and confident. She heads out into the woods by herself, living with an expiration date because of brain cancer, and freaking stays calm and collected as an EMP goes off and changes everything. It causes a somewhat defined segment of society “Changed.” Though they can’t quite puzzle out what changes some and not others, their threat is very real. She along with Ellie, an orphan, and Tom, a soldier suffering from PTSD, find each other and head out of the woods looking for a more stable place to hold up. I found myself shouting, “go back into the woods.”

If life with the Changed isn’t bad enough, all kinds of crazy hell is being perpetuated by the not changed. Trying to escape an evil band of bandits, the trio is forcibly separated. Alex stumbles into a crazy sect held up in Rule. Nothing like an apocalypse to bring out the crazy religious fundamentals.

I think I can sum of the book with Questions. I have lots of Questions.

  • How does this EMP seemingly cure Alex’s brain? and give her extra sensory powers?
  • What causes the Changed to change? Why that segment? Why is it delayed in some?
  • What’s with the Changed being associated with Zombies? These things hunt and organize. They fight too, not just lumbering biting.
  • Tom or Chris? Urgh! I don’t want to like them both. Tom with his kind, calm protectiveness and something to live for. Chris with his bringing books back to the town and doing things that are bigger than his own wants and needs.

Needless to say, I’m going to have to take a walk into the SHADOWS and more answers lie there.

KATHERINE KELLGREN portrayed an appropriate aged Alex that was calm and collected, but with a hint of angst for the justifiable situation. Tom and Chris both had a strong, but vulnerable manliness. She painted the bad guys with a sinister or unease that made you know or not want to know how bad they were. I will make a declaration that I am not a fan of audios with whiny children. KELLGREN spares no annoyance in portraying a scared and bratty Ellie. It actually took me a little longer to warm up to the book, because I found myself wanting to duck tape Ellie’s mouth shut. When KELLGREN‘s  pace of action sped up, you felt the anxiety and the real threat of death.

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4 responses to “[Audiobook] Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick

  1. This is on my maybe list. I am oddly attracted to books that EMPs cause issues.

    • Hoping I can keep going. I feel like to really enjoy I may need to pick up the hard copy, but that’ll make it harder to continue. Need more time to read all the books.

  2. I have not listened to a lot of Katherine Kellgren though I know she has quite a fanbase. Eek whiny children…I don’t know. Not sure if this book is for me, but I’ll watch your reviews to see how the series develops.

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