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