Ashes (Ashes Trilogy #1) by Ilsa J. Bick
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I am very conflicted with how I feel about this book. I rewrote the first sentence of this review about five times before settling on the one you read.
This book starts with a girl named Alex. Alex has a brain tumor, both parents have died and lives with her aunt. She is very independent and has decided to go camping for a week or so to release her parents ashes at a special place. She encounters an older man with his granddaughter, also camping. Then an electromagnetic pulse is released and everything goes to hell. The majority of the population dies, and those than do not, become crazed and cannibalistic (zombies but not yet dead). She also meets Tom, a soldier on leave. All three form a strong bond as they try to survive this new world.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED this book until page 340. It was excellent and I just could not stop reading. It had great action, great characters (somewhat believable characters) and fast paced narration. I was jumping up and down because I loved this book so much. The book had intensity, the pace of those in need to survive, it was urgent, gripping. Each character had their own personal issues and they all worked so well together. It was deeply moving to see the bond that they formed and how they all worked together to stay alive. They created a family in a short amount of time out of need, self preservation and the need for one. Up until page 340 this book was getting a 5+ stars from me. I was gushing. Then, it all went to hell.
Starting in page 340, the author seemed to have started a brand new book about cults.
This was now the main theme and the crazed people (zombie-like) were just incidental to the story. Even the entire setting of the book changed. From the state park and ravished land to some idyllic little cultish community that seemed relatively untouched by what had happened, save for the population. With little over 120 pages left in the book, the author introduced new characters, new themes and a new love interest! Really? This girl who was oh so falling for Tom, suddenly likes this new whats-his name moody guy. I do NOT care about Chris, or the people in this town of Rule or the million of other characters and dynamics introduced.
The first part of the book is a 5+ urgently paced, “let’s survive this” book. The second part is a 2- stars slow paced, “let’s wait and see” and change all the rules book.
I guess that brings the book to a 3. I will read the next book in the trilogy, but only because I want to know about Tom and Ellie ONLY. I do not care for Chris and company.
View all my reviews