Friday, February 1, 2013
Book Review: Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
Four days out in the wilderness with few supplies Alex has to depend on her survival skills, and take care of Ellie. Forced to find rations, and help the two take off to a ranger station they locate on a map. It's on their way that they see them- perfectly normal looking teens, except for the fact that they are eating people.
Eventually they team up with a soldier named Tom and head towards the station, and hope for the best. Even after recharging at the station and loading up on supplies, they still have no idea what happened or if there are any more regular people out there. Their final goal is to make their way towards the closest town, and find other survivors. They promise to stay together, only to be forced to separate on the road.
Hold on to your hats (and any other supplies you can gather) for this crazy survival story. Ashes is not your average zombie story, for starters they never really died and no one really knows what they are. Author Ilsa Bick crafts a plausible story that looks at nuclear fallout and the big what ifs of the aftermath. Alex is not your typical teen, and her issues give her extra trouble in meeting up with people and trusting the, but these very issues are what give her a chance to survive.
Fans of survival stories may find more to like than those looking for a horror gore fest. I was hesitant to read this one, but once I got going I couldn't put this fast paced story down!
I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Code Name Verity, finally and hopefully for real!)