SHADOWS pretty much picks up where ASHES left off and is a bigger and broader book, with a LOT going on, new characters to meet, new mysteries to unravel. Title: Ashes. Author: Ilsa J. Bick. Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Speculative Fiction. Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Date: September Ilsa J. Bick is an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books and novels. Ashes, the first volume in her dystopian thriller trilogy, was released from Egmont USA in September Before she became a successful author, Bick.

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Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ashes by Ilsa J. Ashes Ashes Trilogy 1 by Ilsa J. 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 isla 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 It could happen tomorrow.

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.

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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. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ashesplease sign up. I read the book a ases ago and I want to read the second one but I don’t remember exactly how this one ended, could anyone help me?

Sam This answer contains spoilers… view spoiler [It ended when Alex found out that Rise was feeding the changed, not fighting them. She learns this after escaping Rise, hide spoiler ]. Now I want to finish Alex’s adventure Eleanor Jones The second two books ruined the first one for me.

See all 6 questions about Bik. Lists with This Book. Jun klsa, Wendy Darling rated it liked it Shelves: It all starts with a cataclysmic electromagnetic impulse.

Ashes by Ilsa Bick – review

Dead birds fall from the sky. Deer run off a cliff, maddened for unknown reasons. And people drop dead instantaneously and inexplicably–or they are miraculously, irrevocably changed, bkck for the better, and some for the worse.

The first half of this book is a phenomenal. She is saddled with an angry 8-year-old and an attractive ex-Army guy who’s hiding se It all starts with a cataclysmic electromagnetic impulse. She is saddled with an angry 8-year-old and an attractive ex-Army guy who’s hiding secrets, and they all must find safety and shelter from the other survivors who are no longer The prologue is well-written and compelling, and I was drawn to the bleak, lonely mood and stark setting right from the very beginning.


I liked the strong but fragile Alex, and I was thoroughly engrossed by the incredible suspense and visceral, shudder-inducing scenes that will be forever seared into my memory.

But literally halfway through the book, something really odd happens. During a tense standoff with a band of vicious kidnappers, one of the three people in Alex’s group is bock. This cliffhanger ends one chapter and when the next one begins, the story takes up three days later.

From that point on, things stop making any kind of sense at all. The story changes tone completely, there is a whole new cast of characters, the story is poorly plotted, the writing became disjointed, and every single element I liked about the first half of the book was completely abandoned.

Alex herself suddenly seems like she’s just stumbling from one ashee encounter to the next, and by the time it all ended with a somewhat interesting but predictable cliffhanger, I was ready to abandon them all to whatever horrible munchy fate might befall them. It is such a shock to go from bico a book and then to being completely annoyed with it, so I had no idea what to do about rating this one. The first half of this book is literally a 5 star read for me and I don’t give 5 stars that oftenbut the second half is maybe a 1.

It’s as if the second portion was written by a completely different person! I really wish that these problems had been fixed in the outlining stage, but certainly they should have been sorted out by the time the manuscript made it through several drafts and edits and rewrites.

I really regret the wasted potential of the amazing first pages, as well as fantastic premise.

I don’t know if I’ll ever recover from the abrupt downhill hurtle that this book plunged down; I finished this novel 5 days ago and I’m still mad at it. This review also appears in The Midnight Garden.

An advance copy was provided by the publisher. View all 70 comments. Sep 10, karen rated it it was amazing Shelves: View all 39 comments. I hate having to review this book.

I’ve spent the last 24 hours thinking about it, trying to figure out a way to point out the good and the bad, instead of just listing all the things that annoyed me.

Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick

It was amazingly well ilwa I hate having to review this book. It was amazingly well written, fast paced, with interesting, layered characters and a compelling plot. Alex is a year-old girl with a brain tumor. At the beginning of Ashes, she is out of the hospital and has just decided not to do any more treatments, seeing as they are not helping her in any way.

Instead, she chooses to go hiking in the wilderness. There she meets an old man and his granddaughter Ellie and shares a meal with bickk. Shortly after that, an EMP wipes out every electronic device and kills the old man in bicl process. After only a iilsa walk, the girls stumble upon two teenagers who are eating another human. It becomes pretty obvious that the EMP affected human brains as well as the electronic devices.

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But why then did Alex and Ellie remain unchanged?! But then the second half came… Second half: From the end of one chapter to the beginning of the next, everything changed.

Ashes went from being amazing to being utterly unimaginative and even boring at times. I had to force myself to finish it. It picked up the pace again on the last 50 pages or so, but only to make the most horrible, cliffhanger ending possible. Here are some of my problems ilea the book: She could have been book smart, sure, but building fires?!?

I don’t think so. She kept saying that her father taught her, but he was dead by the time she entered her teen years. Apparently her mother was a doctor and they used to spend their time together stitching up chickens. A cliffhanger ending will make me less likely to read the next book, not more! And this particular author likes cliffhangers so much, she even ended a few chapters with them.

When you end a chapter with a cliffhanger and start isla next one with the words Three days lateryou can count on losing bicck few readers. View all 64 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alex, has a brain tumor. She does not want any more treatments, is tired of hospitals, zshes, and false hope. So, when you are questioning your own survival, what do you do? So, Alex is in the woods. Ellie survives the zap, and Alex not only survives the zap but also regains her sense of smell, which she had lost due to her brain ahses.

But oh no, just wait, now she is a living bloodhound. Her sense of smell is off the charts. Ok, nothing wrong here. Alex and Ellie, I mean superbrat, are surviving, moving along, aehes when they run into other teens. Seems there are 3 outcomes to the big zap, 1 you survive with no side effects or heightened side effects, 2 you die or 3 you become a flesh eating zombie.

Let us introduce Tom, he happens to be a explosive ordinance disposal expert. Our girl Alex happens to have a Mom sorry she is dead now that was a doctor and a dad that was a cop, also dead. What does that mean? Alex is skilled in sewing up her dinner jlsa story and shooting guns, rifles and other weapons!

It is amazing how these characters bici have the perfect past to survive in these dystopian novels. So no problems here.

Ellie, who is no longer superbrat, she is now a halfway decent kid, Alex, and Tom make a decent living in the woods. All is fine and the story is not that bad. In fact, up until this point….