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.
My Review :
After recently finishing Horde by Ann Aguirre, I was curious to find more dystopian-zombie-type books. A lot of my Goodreads friends recommended Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick, so I decided to give this trilogy a chance.
Alex was terminally ill. She was off to Lake Superior to scatter her parents’ ashes when the Zap happened. According to the rumors that she’s heard from different people, this “Zap” was a bunch of EMPs that exploded that ultimately rendered the whole world to a complete stop. Basically, they lost electricity, a way to communicate easily, and fending for yourself was a tad too difficult. When the Zap happened, either you drop dead, survive and be normal, or change and become a cannibal. Zombie, but not quite. Eventually, she meets different people that she spent time with to survive this post-apocalyptic-zombie-infested era.
The first half of the book was fast paced. The author didn’t hold off on the gore, and she wasn’t afraid to describe things in detail.
…her guts boiled out in a dusky, desiccated tangle, like limp spaghetti.”
While I did like the book, the last third of it was just…boring, and it felt like it’s another story. It slowed down, when supposedly, it should speed up with more action. It felt like the prologue for the next book in the series, Shadows.
A few issues that may contain spoilers :
I really had trouble with Alex’s bad luck. Losing important stuff, like her whole backpack, after the Zap just happened. Why? Was it necessary just to up the tension in this already depressing setup? I couldn’t count how many *facepalms* I had to make.
The cliffhangers at the end of the chapters were really annoying. Then the next chapter would start with a few days later. Also, if I stumbled upon a cabin with supplies that would last me the winter, I will stay put. The reasoning behind their leaving wasn’t enough to convince me that it was necessary.
And Rule. A cult-like village that reminds me of the Hutterites. I felt like this slowed down the excitement in the book. All of a sudden, Alex knew how to stitch humans because she and her mother, who was a doctor, spent time stitching chickens. So Alex ended up assisting Rule’s doctor in the hospice.
Right now, I am still trying to finish Shadows. The erratic writing is giving me a hard time finishing this book. I am so tempted to put it down.
As much as I would’ve loved the book, the second half just wasn’t for me.
Read from November 14 to 19, 2013
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