The Changed are on the move. The Spared are out of time. The End…is now. When her parents died, Alex thought things couldn't get much worse - until the doctors found the monster in her head. She headed into the wilderness as a good-bye, to leave everything behind. But then the end of the world happened, and Alex took the first step down a treacherous road of betrayal and terror and death. Now, with no hope of rescue - on the brink of starvation in a winter that just won't quit - she discovers a new and horrifying truth. The Change isn't over. The Changed are still evolving. And…they've had help. With this final volume of The Ashes Trilogy, Ilsa J. Bick delivers a riveting, blockbuster finish, returning listeners to a brutal, post-apocalyptic world where no one is safe and hope is in short supply. A world where, from these ashes, the monsters may rise.
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This is the third book in the series. An EMP wipes out modern technology, and also zaps the higher brain functions of a certain percentage of humanity. The "changed" are not zombies. Most of the higher brain functions are gone, but they are more dangerous than you might think, because they retain the ability to think, plan, work together, and use simple tools. Up to a point, they can even use weapons. Fortunately, they can feel pain, they retain the instinct of self-preservation, unlike the traditional zombie, and they are susceptible to injury and death.
Katherine Kellgren is one of the best narrators I have ever listened too. She has a clear, pleasant voice, and an expressive style that carries you right into the story with her. I hope she will read more books like this.
I received a review copy of this book from Netgalley and was totally stoked! I chanced upon the series on audible and could simply not wait to read what is going to happen next...
So I started reading but all was not well. Alex did not sound so strong in my mind. Tom sounded like a girl. And and and I had a lightbulb moment. The story is even better than the proceeding two. The pace was fast and action packed BUT what was missing was their voices. Alex sounds deep, strong and wise beyond her years. Tom sounds tough, sexy and mysterious. In my mind they all sounded like me!
So I waited and bought this audible copy and voila! Lightbulb. I was missing the narrator! Katy is totally brilliant. Alex when calm and collected sounds strong and self assured. In crises she breathes harder and her voice rise an octave or 8 but she is still undoubtedly Alex!
The story, the final in this series is truly brilliant and even better than the first two books in the series.
By now you know how I feel about the narrator.
Overall this series has made it to my top 5 series of all times.
I am generally not a fan of female narrators but I must confess that I will need to reasses my take on the male vs female narrator brilliance.
Can I give it more than 5*? I really want to give it a perfect 10!
BAD ASS, CRAZINESS.
Don't let the other reviews stop you from getting this book. I think it finished the series off awesome. it was intense it had lots of twists and it was an sit on the edge of your seat book. I am glad that I got this book.
Way too over the top for my taste. I like to absorb and consider the story as it unfolds. This style of writing, in my opinion, is distracting. I know a good author paints a picture but this carries the premise to the extreme. Sadly the story is lost with long winded, blow by blow descriptions which (for me) stop the story in its tracks. It seemed to take 30 minutes to describe a body falling down a hole...irritating. When a piece becomes too wordy my focus shifts to the narrator and given the dramatic emphasis on every sentence I just couldn't cope. Finally gave up.
Lover of all books, especially Romance!
I really enjoyed book 1 & 2, saying that 3 had 120+ chapters, it went back and forth between characters: Alex, Chris, Peter, Ellie until you didn't really know where you were then dang if there wasn't the beginning of another chapter, and all there was to this book was fighting, the plot picked up toward the end but just felt like it dropped off all of a sudden. I didn't really enjoy this book due to narration was constant urgency, it felt redundant, there were too many chapters, the characters didn't move on, the end was great but it should have been drawn out more than the middle, like 17 hours of middle. Seriously was glad it was over, didn't think it was EVER going to be over. So I'm middle of the road in recommending. If the above doesn't bother you try it.
I have an audible issue
After having the narrator scream at me for 45 minutes I gave up on this book couldn't tell you if it's any good or not. I'm thinking I will just have to pick up the physical book and read it on my own. It really is sad that this book is completely ruined by all of the screaming.
Busy single mom, here. I am passionate about my books, but have so little time to sit down and read. I am loving my audiobooks!
I kept listening to this series in the hope that something significant would happen in the plot, or that the ending would be memorable.... I was disappointed both ways. There were too many characters and twists to follow and too many plot developments that seemed to go nowhere. Honestly, I don't even know what the main plot was supposed to be.
This series was especially hard to listen to because of the narrator. When listening without headphones I sometimes muted the sound in embarrassment at the narrator's shrieking and shouting.... there was a lot of shrieking....
I just feel like I wasted a lot of time and money; and I can't believe that I actually listened to all three books - had I not been laid up in bed from surgery I never would have listened to more than the first book.
Yes on the author. No on the narrator
Too much screaming.
This was a good conclusion to the series. The stories all are inter-related and come together from book 1-3. Despite my continued dislike of the narrator, I was interested enough in the story to listen to all through, wish I had read them though.
I have no complaints of this series, it had me turning pages from start to finish. I love the plot, twists and turns that leave you reeling with excitement, and the love interests truly compete for the heroine's attention.
yes, i have read all three in this series and there was no point that i became uninterested......the characters are really good
hard to choose as the whole book had me hooked again......as did the other two books. although in this book i have to admit....a tear or two were shed by me
mostly the final battle but also the gathering of them all...coming back together. these books had you waiting for this and many times i thought...ah, this is it....but it wasnt...which just added to the suspense. i must say, i am so impressed by katherines reading of all three books. never have i come across such an eager, enthrauling, enthusiastic reader. she is amazing and exciting....she perfected this story.
yes, near the end when goodbyes were being said.
amazing writer, fabulous narrator and i am hoping, theres a follow up to this book.
"Not for the faint hearted"
Much better than the written word! The narrator does brilliantly and brings it all to life (death)?
This is the first of this type I have read (The trilogy). It brings a whole new meaning to the phrase "Body parts"! Not bedtime reading for some.
Wow what an adrenalin rush again & again... It's the way she tell's 'em!
I would of loved the time to listen from start to finish.
I think I will recover soon but first I will check the colour of the moon.
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