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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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    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 10-20-12
    Book Junkie CEDAR PARK, TX, United States 10-20-12

    I have an audible issue

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    highly recommened for those who loved the hunger games, the charactors are strong and the narration is amazing

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    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-12
    amanda El Paso, TX, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2010

    Disciple of the written word and Audible fanatic. I am an Urban and Epic Fantasy Fan. I also enjoy some Paranormal Romance.

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    "Great mix of author and reader."

    Ashes is reminiscent of Stephen King's - Stand. Not to imply that Ashes rips it off, only that is the story my mind kept comparing it to. The lead character finds herself in the woods burdened with a troubled child when a world changing event befalls mankind. Some people turn feral, some drop dead on the spot, others change in more subtle ways but none are left unchanged. This is a look into what would happen if scociety really did break.
    Yes some brainfried people even start eating other people!
    K. Kellgren reads this story the way I wish all readers would. She is a quick and emotional reader that puts you in the action. There were several times in the story I found myself gripping the steering wheel wide eyed with the excitment. (no telling what my fellow motorist thought)
    I recomend this book to anyone who is bored with predictable.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12
    Terence Brighton, CO, United States 09-24-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great listen"

    Good story, builds characters very well, draws you in, and makes you want more. Highly recommended.

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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-12
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 09-04-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Good story rather poorly read."

    I'm hoping the producers heed the many negative comments made about the narration. With better direction this would have been a really enjoyable story. Instead I was rooting for the bad guys most of the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Toni Popp Dallas, TX United States 06-21-12
    Toni Popp Dallas, TX United States 06-21-12 Member Since 2005
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    "got Xanax?!?"

    The Narrator needs to take a chill pill...I agree with wanting to add some drama but you don't need to SKREEEEEEEECH at people...UGH!! The only thing that got me through was when she softened her voice for other characters.
    That being said (by many people!) I really liked the story! She did a great job with the "ending"...as soon as it was over i ran to my pc to download the next book...I couldn't wait! I was SO bummed when i found out it wasn't out yet!! However...now that i've calmed down i know i will wait until other people listen to it first to find out if she stopped SKREECHING...if not i will read the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifwe Beechgrove, TN, United States 05-31-12
    Jennifwe Beechgrove, TN, United States 05-31-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Love it"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    I forgot I was reading. It was like listening to a movie in my head!


    What other book might you compare Ashes to and why?

    Can't say I have a comparison.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The river


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    YES!!


    Any additional comments?

    Hurry up with the rest of the trilogy PLEASE!!!!!

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    Jason Knop 05-16-12
    Jason Knop 05-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "It Was Alright...."

    Overall it was a good read. I was slightly annoyed with how it ended, wanted there to be more closure. Not sure if i will purchase any more in this series.

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    Chad LA GRANDE, OR, United States 04-20-12
    Chad LA GRANDE, OR, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Chilling Tale from Start to End"

    This is an amazing edge-of-your-seat thriller that leaves you guessing right up to the end, and beyond. The author starts the story pretty slowly but, before you realize it, you have already identified with the main character, and just when you get there, the world falls apart. At it's core it is a moderately creative riff on the classic zombie story, but it is the willingness of the author to delve into the parts of an end of the world tale that most stories shy away from that make is amazing. The author pulls no punches in describing the sheer horror of her universe and there are moments I found myself queasy at the clarity with which I could see the scenes. There is a solid, if sometimes slavish balance between teenage sentimentality and cold-hard fact and my only true critique is that, while most of the characters are well-nuanced, several of them are dangerously cliche (the unrealistically pouty pre-teen, the haunted and scarred veteran, etc)

    The narration was spot on and captured the characters well, though I found myself annoyed by the whiny voice of one of the characters. This fit the story and the writing well, but almost pushed me over the edge.

    In all, this is a great listen and well worth a credit. Doubly so because, while it says it is a trilogy, I didn't notice that when buying it and would have sworn that the author deliberately finished the story. Even if you don't love it, you will leave with some closure.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jim/Barbara Union City, TN, United States 04-09-12
    Jim/Barbara Union City, TN, United States 04-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Cliff Hangers"
    What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

    Katherine Kellgren is one of the best audible has to offer, she brings each each person to life. IIsa is a very good writer and the two together makes the story come to life. The one thing that upset me was the clif hanger type ending, even though I NEVER suspected the twist comming.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Storygirl104 Midwest 03-27-12
    Storygirl104 Midwest 03-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Gripping!!!!"

    I loved this book!!! Now I'm going crazy waiting for the sequels. Ilsa J. Bick grabbed me from the very beginning and carried me through to the last page. She's a fine writer who knows how to craft an exciting, deeply engaging story. The narrater of "Ashes," Katherine Kellgren, gave an exceptional performance and I hope to hear lots more from her in the future. My only complaint is that the next two books aren't available yet!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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