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
Just a knitter/weaver/spinner that though his hands are busy would like to keep up with his reading.
I was disappointed again by this narrator though I thought she did a better job than on previous books I've heard her on. The story, was very intriguing and I admit that I bought the second book to see where she goes with it. I wouldn't say it's an amazing book, but it does have some great aspects. The character of Alex you sympathize with, you worry about what happened to Tom and Ellie and you wonder about the political machinations that are occurring in Rule. All great steps into building a wonderful story line. I was put off when I realized this book was supposed to be for "young adults". Some of the themes I feel are a bit mature. Well, maybe not the themes themselves, I myself feel that the Hunger Games are great for their attended audience and make kids question their beliefs, it's perhaps her gory details that I find off putting for the intended readers age range. All in all; however, I found this book to be a solid piece of work and am hopeful to find out the next part of the story. I would recommend this piece to other readers and if it were in my physical library I would lend it out to trusted friends.
The closing as she finally makes some connections I think is wonderfully perfect cliff hanger ending for a series.
Miss Kellgren again overacts some areas. Is that her fault though, or the sound tech/directors? I don't know but am once again unimpressed by her narration although it is better than other pieces of her work.
Sometimes I was a bit disgusted with her in depth descriptions of the remains of whatever body she was speaking of. It was just unexpected for a book for this age range.
I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.
I've often wondered what it would be like to be a survivor if everything went to hell. Now maybe I might not want to be a survivor. The story had you at the edge of your seat.
The dichotomy of the young and the old survivors and the twist of the adults being the turned.
No I haven't listened to her before.
I was worried for the survivors, even the dogs. I felt sad when someone was killed. There were not very many laughs in the book.
I think the narrating of this story made it even more exciting and nerve racking. I was bitting my nails and rooting on the main characters. Even when it was a slow I was fully invested in the story.
Alex, a strong female with backbone and grit.
Beware the Changed
Overall, I liked the story, but kept thinking about the book, The Twelve. Apocalypse and creatures that feed on humans. Not at all what I expected. I really liked how Kellgren got my blood pumping in the crucial moments of crazy activity. She read it as if she was narrating while she fended off the "Changed". I do like the implications of who is left to run things and it also reminded me somewhat of Under the Dome, where people put their trust in the wrong people out of fear and routine. Overall, I LOVED the ending, which left me NEEDING to get the second in the trilogy.
The narrator was excellent and the story was engaging. Ms. Bick’s penchant for ending chapters in the middle of an action sequence is obviously designed to pull the reader along but I found it an unneeded and distracting ploy. The main problem is that the story stopped so abruptly it was as if it stopped midsentence. I can imagine how this happened. The original book was much longer (perhaps as long as the entire three part series) and the publisher asked her to cut it into pieces so that more books could be sold. I can even understand this, but to use the same tactic that she used between chapters to end a book was, for me, highly irritating. If she has confidence in her books, she should have ended it two chapters earlier. The same unresolved conflicts would have remained, but at least it would be a book with an end.
The natural growth of each character into their roles. Hero/ heroes are engaging. Story is very plausible.
Good range of voice/cast members; clearly defined.
I saw some criticism of the Narrator. Well, Katherine Kelgrin certainly isn't monotone. I like to listen to books while I do other things. Monotone authors don't grab me into the stories unless I stop working and pay close attention.It isn't a bedtime story. I have also heard the narrator in other books.
Ashes kept my interest enough that I'm am already listening to the next in the series.
I don't usually like dystopian novels but I like this one.
Yes, I would recommend this audio-book to many of my friends and I have. I am writing this review after listen to the book two. I do love apocalyptic fiction and Ashes took me on a great horrible adventure.I loved ever minute of it, surviving the wilderness and zombies? Boy I need step up my fitness routine. I didn't feel like the book was split in two halves or written by two different authors, as other reviewers stated. I hate to say this and I am only comparing this book to the TV show, but this is waaaaaay better that Walking Dead (I am a die hard Walking Dead fan). I mean zombies who haven't completely lost all of their senses.
There were several twists, revelations, and an unrelenting assortment of obstacles, lots of blood & gore as well as fight-for-your-life action. I could not get enough.
It turns out that I have listened to her before, but this series is by far the best. I loved Katherine Kellgren's performance, I felt as those I was not only listening to the story unfold, but I was in the thick of it as well. There is nothing worse than listening to an audio-book and feeling like I could have done better job than the narrator.
Hold on to your lunch and try not to look away.
Don't let the negative reviews stop you from buying this book, if you like action you don't want to miss out on this one. Don't wait to buy book 2.
The story, for one thing. By the time I was 2hrs into it, I never wanted to be around the characters again. I pressed on, hope attempting to triumph over experience and was disappointed.
Why I left Goldman Sachs
The reader did some screaming, not doubt to help us get in the story and it hurt my ears.
Anger, I hated the little girl and grew to dislike, Alex, the female lead.
I have an audible issue
highly recommened for those who loved the hunger games, the charactors are strong and the narration is amazing
"Review: "Ashes" by Ilsa J Bick"
When I first picked up this book I did so because I'd seen a few good reviews of it around and about and I was enjoying the fab little trend of dystopian fiction that is still running its course in YA at the moment. However, my hopes weren't huge because I'm one of those despicable human beings who judges books by their covers. This cover was just a bit...is “80s” the right term?...for me.
Well give me a sturdy slap on the wrist, I must learn to obey old clichés as this was a book that I should not have judged by its cover. And I should not have expected it to fit into the sometimes (though not always) sanguine niche that YA can be. Don't bite, I said it can be!
For me, Ashes was a book that provided plenty of the darkness and grit that its title suggested. When an EMP causes all electronics to faulter and also interferes with the teeny tiny electrical pulses in the brains of humans, a whole heap of...poop...hits the fan! Only the very young and very old survive intact...save for a few exceptions such as Alex, the protagonist. Others survive, but as maddened inhumane creatures, similar to the "sickos" in Charlie Higson's The Enemy series, or the raging "infected" in 28 Days Later.
The idea of the masses succumbing to a force that leaves them insane and blood thirsty is not new. The dystopian premise of technology falling down around our ears is not new either. So what about this book made me love it as much as I did? It was a combination of things really. I loved Alex as the protagonist. She goes to the mountains to bury her past and to admit that, due to a brain tumor, she has no future. Instead it is her tumor and the treatments she's had for it that saves her from the EMP and allows her to begin her story. These are things you find out in the first pages so I don't think I'm spoiling anything for you.
I'm thoroughly looking forward to the sequel to this (already on my Goodreads Wishlist) and finding out how Bick tortures her protagonist further.
"Good story spoilt by narrator"
The semi-hysterical, high-pitched tones of the narrator at any moment in the book where the action picks up makes this an uncomfortable listen.
I read and really enjoyed this book a couple of years back, and thought I'd buy the audiobook to refresh my memory of the story before reading the next in the series. I was really disappointed with the reading of the story however, the reader really over acted some of the scenes and was virtually shrieking and babbling some of the scenes where the lead character was panicked or upset which just forced me to switch off. I will be returning this title
"Interesting start but..."
I'm not sure I would try a different book. This one seemed to start well, but somewhere around the middle I had completely lost the plot. There is only so many times i want to rewind a story before I give up.
Depends on the narrator.
The performance was frantic to say the least. Someone needs to calm the lady down!
Disappointment considering all the good reviews.
The are plenty of much better end of the world / zombie teen stories.
yes, great story, great characters and had me wanting more.expertly read by katherine.
the twelve trilogy by justin cronin, ilsa's books come close second. same kind of theme
yes, but sadly i had to work....but couldnt wait to hear more at the first oppertunity
this book was read superbly, i cant wait for the next one. i need to know what happens to the characters as they are amazing
"Fast paced action that is quite gory"
Havent read the print version
Alex a feisty female seemed to lead the way and the story followed her actions and thoughts.
I don't often read this type of genre but was interested in the thoughts and ideas she put forward. Never certain about why the zombie concept is created. However the scenario around why the end of the world as we know it evolved through discussion between Alex and Tom was well managed
There were some great relationship developing moments between the main characters
Not a book for the faint hearted. It is very gory in places. however I like the pace and I kept listening
"Beware. Something like this could really happen"
Very possible plot
Next book added to my wish list
Very imaginative description
Why would there be anything wrong.
This is described as young adults. I would say that any adult who likes fantasy would like this.
"You Never Know... This Might Just Happen !!"
Yes, I really enjoyed listening to this book, it has a good sense of reality throughout the book.
When they found the rangers cabin, and what went on there... (don't want to give too much away)
No, This is the first book I have listened to by Katherine Kellgren
Electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device in the world
Have added "Shadows", the second book in the Ashes Trilogy: where no one is safe and humans may be the worst of the monsters. to my wish list..
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