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Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1 | [Ilsa J. Bick]

Ashes: Ashes Trilogy, Book 1

An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device 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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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2011 Ilsa J. Bick (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"For fans of postapocalyptic and horror fiction, Bick has created a story of equal parts intrigue and gore…Katherine Kellgren narrates the tension-filled action at a lightning pace…The author’s frenetic characterization of Alex is tempered by Kellgren’s ability to draw the listener into each scene." (Audiofile)

2012 Audie Award Nominee, Female Solo Narration

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    Connie GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 09-25-12
    Connie GAINESVILLE, GA, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, overly dramatic narrator"
    What did you like best about Ashes? What did you like least?

    The story was interesting and kept me listening despite the narrator.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

    The cliff hanger ending!


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Overly dramatic.


    Do you think Ashes needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, to resolve the ending


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Karen 09-12-11
    Karen 09-12-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Superb!"

    The author is a genius with her use of imagery and setting. I found the storyline very fresh, the characters believable, and the ending a heart-stopper! Ms. Kellgren caught the character's personalities perfectly...especially the eight year-old girl. Does an eight year-old whine and throw temper tantrums? Any parent will tell you that yes she does. Ms. Kellgren got it spot on. I love this book so much I purchased it for my NOOK and have ordered the hard back. Can't wait for the next installment!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Mel USA 09-12-11
    Mel USA 09-12-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Simply Put..."

    Awful--shockingly, embarrassingly, discouragingly devoid of creativity and talent, and the narrator's histrionic reading was akin to listening to nails scraping across a chalkboard. Disgusted with the rote and threadbare story, and protecting my ears from the whining and screeching of the narrator, I was compelled to keep my finger on the skip-ahead button most of the time. Seeing that a publisher actually saw potential enough to committ to a trilogy, I concluded there must be something here, it would be safe to take a chance...it would be safer to run blindfolded through a zombie infested graveyard at night. Ashes is absolutely one of the worst books I've ever read (or almost read) and THE worst audio I have ever listened to. Miss Kellgren--some heartfelt advice: do not use this for an audition tape.

    29 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    AudiobookWorm California 05-29-12
    AudiobookWorm California 05-29-12 Member Since 2013
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    "waste of a credit"
    Has Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I love dystopia, but not this book


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was very obnoxious. I read other reviews that said the same beforehand, I should have listened.


    Any additional comments?

    Unlike other books of this genre, the characters do not draw you in. I found it difficult to care what happened to them.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    it's me 09-12-11
    it's me 09-12-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Ruined by the narrator"

    I have not made it even an hour into the book, and I am ready to rip my ears off. I have listened to this narrator before, and she constantly raises her voice to a whiny, ear splitting shrill that absolutely ruins whatever story you were attempting to listen to, no matter what the quality of the writing had been.

    25 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    Melinda Kaysville, UT, United States 09-12-11
    Melinda Kaysville, UT, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2009

    5*= Loved this 4*= liked a lot; 3*= a solid OK ; 2*= could've done without; 1*=a total PU

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    "Simply Put..."

    Awful--shockingly, embarrassingly, discouragingly devoid of creativity and talent, and the narrator's histrionic reading was akin to listening to nails scraping across a chalkboard. Disgusted with the rote and threadbare story, and protecting my ears from the whining and screeching of the narrator, I was compelled to keep my finger on the skip-ahead button most of the time. Seeing that a publisher actually saw potential enough to committ to a trilogy, I concluded there must be something here, it would be safe to take a chance...it would be safer to run blindfolded through a zombie infested graveyard at night. Ashes is absolutely one of the worst books I've ever read (or almost read) and THE worst audio I have ever listened to. Miss Kellgren--some heartfelt advice: do not use this for an audition tape.

    36 of 53 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Walker 11-25-14
    Tony Walker 11-25-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Wrong genre for me."
    What disappointed you about Ashes?

    The story is just not the right genre for me. This is a female-teen-romance novel. I wasn't aware of this before I bought it.


    What was most disappointing about Ilsa J. Bick’s story?

    I could not relate to the characters.


    Did Katherine Kellgren do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It was fast-paced and action-packed. I'm sure that there are lots of people who would enjoy it.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    debra vermont, Australia 11-05-14
    debra vermont, Australia 11-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "unbearable!"
    What disappointed you about Ashes?

    the narrator, horrid!


    Has Ashes turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Katherine Kellgren?

    I'm sceptical of women narrators, they seem to over 'do'it...


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    the story seemed to be going ok


    Any additional comments?

    get a new narrator

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caitanya Fremont, NE, United States 06-05-14
    Caitanya Fremont, NE, United States 06-05-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Quit half way through"

    Could have been a great story but I couldn't take the characters making stupid decisions left and right. Too much whining as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Abstractchick 02-12-14

    Teaching Artist

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    "I really wanted to like it."

    I tried to give this a try. The premise of the book is interesting. And actually the reader is good at what she is doing- talking scared an anxious, but it is annoying. It is a whiny read that makes me feel like I'm listening to a book that has been dipped in an energy drink. With listening time to a premium, I really don't want to listen to hours of every second on the verge of disaster and being frantic. Waa. Waa. Waa. That is close to the preview of what you will hear. Listen to the sample first.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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