Ashes, Ashes had the potential of being a fantastic survival story, but the characters lacked depth. I felt nothing for Lucy and Aidan who struggled to survive and escape the Sweepers. I found myself skipping pages due to long periods of inaction, and waiting for something exciting to happen. If you are a reader of Teen survival stories, I would not recommend this one.
I thought this book was too long and didn't have enough action. When the action happened, it was either all clumped together or would come out of no where. It was too descriptive and I thought all the characters were flat.
I think this book had potential, but the characters lacked emotion - I mean, they are surviving the end of the world or whatever, and their friends and family are dying/dead, and they don't seem all that concerned about it. Not to mention, there's all this talk about how rough it is to eat and survive and there's the plague and stuff, but it just didn't work with the storyline. A lot of it just didn't make sense. I assume there'll be a sequel from all the loose ends, but I doubt I'll read it.
Love this book, it is amazing.Couldn't put it down and I really hope that there is going to be a sequel. READ IT you won't be disappointed!
Review: Ashes, Ashes" quite clearly draws from a 2012, 'end of the world', apocalyptic theme. The diction has a pattern that can be compared to the state of the occurring natural catastrophes that is constant throughout the book. That is to say, the first one-fifth of the whole book was clearly a time of painful waiting, and then one is hit with a medium-strengthed wave of plot advancement. From then, "Ashes, Ashes" proceeds much more effectively with a stronger storyline change. However, if one does not push through the dense, seemingly hopeless opening, then the fruit will never be tasted. The first 4 chapters was understood to be a painting of the setting and an introduction to Lucy, the protagonist, however that is not excuse for the repetition of short statements of Lucy's every single movement over such a long length of pages. I appreciate the similarity of the waiting period to that of the dull and tense period before disaster, but I was seriously going to put the book down. In addition, Lucy is an unrefined main character, and she, along with all the other characters, undergo minimal development through the book. Treggiari also used 3rd person in this work; that, paired with realistic, yet plainly average characters, it was hard to feel any personal connection to the characters. There were also notable places where the pronouns were confusing and unclear. On a brighter note, the faster-paced sections, along with the change-up in setting moved the story to a slightly more enjoyable level. The spurts of action had considerable power and were well-timed toward the end. Points for descriptively gory nuances and for the major shudders-factor. The conclusion was mediocre and unevenly paced, but other than that, decently well-rounded. Rating: 1.5/5 Full Post: http://vivaciously-vivian.blogspot.ca/2012/02/white-pine-2012-ashes-ashes-by-jo.html
Interesting story, full of action about teenagers trying to survive after a plague, etc.....sequel??
For anyone that loves post-apocalyptic settings with a lot of drama and excitement, I'd recommend this book. The characters are really interesting, and you learn a lot of things that are jam packed in a giant world you can't help but get lost in. The only issue I had with this book is the heavy concentration on relationships - I know it's a young-adult book, but I want to see more survival than cuddling and hand-holding. Other than that, it's a good book!
Post-apocalyptic; Pretty good and resembles The hunger games, but the doctor is making people sick with the plague
I liked the book. Though, it is short and not a series, it was pretty good. The ending was lame though. But the best part were the dogs. I actually laughed.
Having read the book the first time, I didn't pay attention to the way the book was structured. I had immediately adopted the characters mentality, it seemed ok then. Even though i hadn't gone far. But when I read it a second time, and hearing my friend read it out loud. The story was OK, but the contradictions and the sheer unrealistic feel to this fiction was too big. I mean if a tidal waves coming at you, you won't stroll along and look around, you'd be RUNNING! This was a nice attempt by the author and they definitely have potentials for great story. However one writing in a fashion of fiction, that to has a set of it's own realism to be aware of.
This book did not satisfy me as much as I was hoping it would! The fact that the giant wave magically disapeared at the end of the first chapter fasinated me! :P Did I miss something there? And the 1.252435262 (or whatever it was) of a mile very much confused me. I don't know if I would have time to do math while running from a giant wave, leaving a bloodtrail behind!!!! Would you?
This is a great book. It has an interesting story and shows how far strength can get you. I reccomend this book for people who like adventure and unique stories that are not about everyday life.
When the world begins to destroy its self and the plague diseases the population, disaster is everywhere. Few survived this disease, including Lucy. The plague had taken all of her family members except her. After living in solitude, she meets a boy named Aiden, and eventually joins their group. But there is something in peticular about Lucy that makes her so special that the sweepers, a nasty gang of scientists, are willing to do whatever to get her. This book is quite suspenseful. The reality of the ending world created by Jo is really realistic. I absolutley enjoyed this book and I recommend it to both girls and boys!
LOVE THE BOOK!!!! this type of book is not something that i uasally read but i really like it. i totally recomended it!
Nice perspective of how the world could end, Overall it was and adventure to read !!!
Really AWSOME book! Although, I don't think the world is actually going to end anytime soon. Lucy seems like a real fighter and I admire her for that.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Ashes Ashes! When most people asked me what it was about, I was able to describe it as "The world after Contagion". The fast-paced plot, and reader-friendly story line were what drew me in. I was very happy with the ending of this book, leaving room for a sequel. I hope there will be more books to follow this one! :)
we all have our own perspective for example some people may not like ashes ashes but i do as a matter of fact i love books like these and others like the gathering and i hate that book bottom line we "all" love some sort of book there is no better there is no worse it all depends on the person reading it.
I found that I wasn't quite drawn in as I thought I would be. The book was okay, I wouldn't nessacarily recomend it to people looking for something interesting to read. The only thing that got me to read it was that it was an apocalyptic thing and didn't really find it interesting. It was probably good for others but for me; it just wasn't my slice of pie if you know what I mean...
Like The Hunger Games, this book, set in a dystopian future, has a strong female character to identify with. If this books doesn't satisfy, there's Blood Red Road on the list, too. Both are action-packed with enemies to fend off and romance to succumb to...eventually.
This was a good read. Not quite as exciting as The Hunger Games, but like it there is a strong female character and a strong male supporting character. The ending did tie up loose ends but still allows for a possible sequel. Hmmm....
I was surprised that this book was a choice for the White Pine awards. I didn't like how similar the main characters were to Peeta and Katniss in The Hunger Games, or how slowly it builds up and how fast it ends.
A half-decent book with plenty of action. Their needs to be a sequel, though. To many things were left unknown. What happened to Dr. Lessing?
I found the book rather slow and did not really enjoy the sequence of events.
The book started off really good... It was very attention grabbing and the story kind of draws you through the book... however the ending was a bit disappointing... it leaves many unanswered questions and I would have to say that the ending was left too opened....
I really enjoyed this book. The twist in the end of the book was also really nice. Overall a good book. Not too exiting for me, but good enough :)
Lucy can hold her own against just about anything you can throw at her but her confidence dwindles when it comes to relationships. Being on her own for over a year, surviving droughs, floods, disease, earthquakes, and tsunamis Lucy now faces her toughest adversaries who are literally out for her blood.
Just flipping through the first chapter, you see blocks upon blocks of text. Surprisingly, it's not dense to read through. Backstory is woven in and manages to stay interesting. Descriptions of survival actions ground the story in the wilderness and paint Lucy as one tough cookie, while the backflashes show her as an outcast socially. Whether this endears her to or repels her from the reader will be up to you. The almost love triangle may take some attention away from the plot, but at least it's a girl-girl-boy triangle. The author also wisely saves the melt-your-pants-off romantic scene after the plot climax. Re: the plot: the reason as to why Lucy is so wanted doesn't seem very important or original, it's more like a mash of assorted sci-fi premises. The antagonist also seems small-scale -- with these kinds of epic post-apocalyptics, you expect at the minimum a rampant evil organization. Action is abundant, as long as you don't mind yours a rehashed version reminiscent of the end scene in Scott Westerfeld's Uglies. The chant "Ring around the roses / A pocket full of posies / Ashes, ashes / We all fall down" doesn't ring as true for Ashes, Ashes (thanks to the lack of emphasis placed on the plague) as it does for Eric Walters's We All Fall Down (an excellent book, one I recommend). With passable, average writing, Ashes, Ashes is an enjoyable, though not very deep, read.
In Jo Treggiari's stunning new YA novel, the world ends with neither a bang nor a whimper. Rather, the end comes with droughts and floods, plus a smallpox epidemic that wipes out 99 per cent of the global population in just a few months. Ashes, Ashes, however, is concerned with what happens after the end. Lucy "Lucky" Holloway is a 16-year-old survivor carving out an existence in a barely recognizable Central Park. She has built a home, and lives off acorn porridge, dried berries, and whatever else she can forage or hunt. She occasionally sees people in the distance, but she keeps to herself, and has become good at hiding. The world after the plague is not a friendly one, mostly full of desperate survivors driven to theft. Worse, there are the Sweepers, white-suited men from the Compound on Roosevelt Island who round people up. And there are the S'ans, zombie-like infected survivors.....Ashes, Ashes is a compelling, fast-paced read that skimps neither on characterization nor detail. Its opening pages, in which Lucy is on her own, provide a lot of backstory without dragging or seeming programmatic. It's a difficult trick to hook a reader without dialogue or character interaction, but Treggiari, who was born in the U.K. and lives in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, manages it with aplomb. The story never flags, and the reader's attention never wavers." Robert J. Wiersema Quill & Quire