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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.

Critic Reviews

"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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Strange Days

Where does Ashes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

top 10
It is one of those stories that could happen.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex. She has a great strength of character. She never gives up.

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

She made you feel what Alex was feeling.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

When she had to leave her boyfriend in the store to go get help.

Any additional comments?

Good book. I really enjoyed it.

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Intrigued But Still Unsure

What did you love best about Ashes?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Ashes?

The closing as she finally makes some connections I think is wonderfully perfect cliff hanger ending for a series.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

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.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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  • Marla
  • Independence, MO, United States
  • 03-01-14

A Good Survival Book

What did you love best about Ashes?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

The dichotomy of the young and the old survivors and the twist of the adults being the turned.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No I haven't listened to her before.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

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.

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  • River
  • livermore,ca usa
  • 02-10-14

exciting

What made the experience of listening to Ashes the most enjoyable?

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.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Alex, a strong female with backbone and grit.

Which character – as performed by Katherine Kellgren – was your favorite?

Alex

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Beware the Changed

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Not what I expected!

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.

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  • Gary
  • anaheim, CA, United States
  • 12-31-13

Chopped off

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.

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So much for the "two-shoe covenant"

What did you like best about Ashes? What did you like least?

The natural growth of each character into their roles. Hero/ heroes are engaging. Story is very plausible.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Aaaaaaargh!

What about Katherine Kellgren’s performance did you like?

Good range of voice/cast members; clearly defined.

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I like the Narrator, she keeps me awake.

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.

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  • TG
  • 04-27-13

Great Book!!! I finished it in two days.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

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.

What did you like best about this story?

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.

Have you listened to any of Katherine Kellgren’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Hold on to your lunch and try not to look away.

Any additional comments?

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.

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Teenage girls and younger are a pain

What would have made Ashes better?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Why I left Goldman Sachs

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

The reader did some screaming, not doubt to help us get in the story and it hurt my ears.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger, I hated the little girl and grew to dislike, Alex, the female lead.

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