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.
"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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Yes but the 2 book of this Trilogy is not done yet!?
Waiting on 2nd book
This book was great. I didn't want to stop listening to it. I would listen to it while driving and then get out of the truck and plug in my headphones. The narrator did a pretty good job but there were times where i found her to be rather annoying. I downloaded this book because it was part of a trilogy and I'm a little pissed now to find out the second book is not out yet, but i will definitely be buying the second book the day it comes out.
The book started out great, with a core set of believable and likable characters. I really started to care about the core characters. Then out of no where it changed direction and went down hill.
Given how strong the story started I thought I was in for a good listen, I was fooled. The plot took a turn for the worse and never recovered. To say more would require spoilers. I like twists, but they have to take a story some where interesting .
This book could have paved the way for a great series, but it seems the author got bored and decided on a different take.
Not a true zombie apocalypse but a new twist on the idea. She makes some technical errors as well on how EMP's work but if you can get past that its a good read. The ending was very abrupt, she should either have ended it a bit later or sooner.
I am a web professional who loves reading but life doesn't afford enough time if you are living at the speed of the internet. Audio books were my salvation. I love Science Fiction first and foremost, then Fantasy, and then anything else I can find that sounds interesting.
Yes, the characters came off a little less shallow in the audiobook.
The first in the Mark Tufo series without the humor? The book reminded me a lot of a fast read harlequin novel just without the romance.
The soldier that the protagonist meets and then travels with. The female protagonist was a bit too - whiny? - for my taste.
I am the Evil Mama
If I would have known it was a zombie type book, I proably wouldn't have bought it, but all in all it was a good story for the younger crowd. Of course the 17 year old heroine was possessed of way too many attributes for any 17 year old I've ever seen, but if I were 17, I'd probably like to see this empowered young lady. Like I said, I'm not into these types of books, but I did enjoy this story and it would have been better if it was narrated by someone who wasn't continually screaming and out of breath.
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