Monday, June 09, 2014

Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick


Alex is alone in the mountains when the world changed irrevocably. The people she runs into after the mysterious, unnamed event are either nice and helpful, like Ellie - the little girl who begins to accompany her - and Tom - the military-trained young man who couldn't have shown up at a better time - or they want to eat her alive. The trio has to survive and figure out how to protect themselves in a newly hostile world.

The characters are well-developed throughout the series, and the primary antagonists - those people who want to eat other people - are a fresh new twist on the now-ubiquitous zombie trope.

Ashes is the first in a series, followed by Shadows and Monsters. If the summary and cover didn't give you the hint, this is a scary, suspenseful, gory, violent series that is not for the faint of heart. It's recommended for older teens and young adults.

If this book interests you, you might also be interested in some of Bick's other works, like Drowning Instinct or Draw the Dark.

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