We have another dystopian novel on our hands! Ashes was a good book, if the subject wasn’t the most original of originals. Our story begins with Alex, a girl dying from an incurable brain tumor, who skips school and goes camping to come to peace with her life– dying at the age of 17, parents both dead, teenage angst, etc etc.
While she is hiking, she meets an older man and his granddaughter Ellie. They are all stopped and chatting, when all of a sudden, Alex gets a huge pain in her head and her nose starts to bleed. The grandfather dies instantly. Ellie’s iPod heats up very warm and then will no longer work. Along with all their other electronic devices.
They come to find that this “pulse” killed many people, but turned almost all of the adolescents into flesh eating and violent zombie like creatures. And I will leave you with that. Muahaha.
In a similar fashion, Ashes leaves you hanging COMPLETELY. Not even a little hint. I turned the page and was literally astonished to see “Acknowledgements.”