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Ashes of Twilight (Ashes Trilogy #1)

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,003 Ratings  ·  142 Reviews
Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Dec 11, 2012 Giselle rated it it was ok
Ashes of Twilight starts off very strong and quite intriguing when we're taken into this desolate world inside a claustrophobic dome. After the planet was destroyed, humans were forced to take shelter inside a dome where the royals rule, leaving everyone else as mere slaves to insure it all runs properly.

It's your typical dystopian with minor steampunk elements. The blurb as well as the cover clearly makes it sound much more exciting than it is, however. So, when I'm reading this and I pass the
Nov 24, 2012 Mitch rated it did not like it
For those of you thinking of abandoning Ashes of Twilight after the first chapter, I really can't blame you. There's just something about Kassy Tayler's writing, exposition heavy, consisting of chained sentences reading more like a shopping list of events than a story, lots of telling instead of showing, that really doesn't make this an easy book to read. And although I have to say the writing markedly improves as the story progresses, any improvements in the writing couldn't make up for the dis ...more
Aug 10, 2012 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I recently discovered the book giveaways here, so you can probably imagine my surprise and delight when I received an email saying I won this book! A free book through Goodreads First Reads! Yay! The package arrived about a few weeks later, which I eagerly ripped open to take a look. When I flipped the book over to the back, I discovered it was in the Young Adult genre. Oh boy. I'm in my 30's. The only YA books I've read over the past 10 years is Harry Potter & The Hunger Games. But, hey, I' ...more
Feb 24, 2012 Lea marked it as to-read
I am so in love with this cover!
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Having seen a couple of uninspiring reviews for Ashes of Twilight, I did not have high hopes for my own enjoyment of the novel. However, when a review copy comes, you do what you have to do. Thankfully, I enjoyed this more than my compatriots did, finding it an easy, enjoyable read.

The best part of Ashes of Twilight is the writing. Tayler's style suited me well, with pretty sentences and just enough slang that I guessed the book was set in England. By the end of the book, I marked down several q
Vi Vi
Jun 17, 2011 Vi Vi marked it as to-read
This sounds hopelessly like the Hunger Games, even by dystopian YA standards. Break THG down to its barest elements and you get this.

Oh well, I might check it out.
4.5 Stars
Ashes of Twilight is a breathtaking steam punk novel that will captivate readers until the end. I enjoyed the action, suspense and the plot twists that I was not expecting at all! I'm very much looking forward to the sequel, Shadows of Glass.

Just imagine living in a dome, believing that you must live under it because everything outside of the glass is burning, but then you find out that someone close to you has tried to escape and they have found out something big. There is no fire. And
Nov 08, 2015 Tiff rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
WELL, I liked this book until the bit when Wren forgives the man who sexually and verbally harassed her like it was just a minor inconvenience. WHAT. Before that it was pretty alright.

But honestly, WHAT. Early in the book Wren is forced into some uncomfortable sexy encounters with her sort-of-childhood-friend-husband-to-be-ish and it's super uncomfortable. It's straight up harassment with Wren saying she doesn't want it and he's all like 'you so do, what is wrong with you for not liking this?' w
Ellie James
Jul 13, 2012 Ellie James rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keeper
LOVED this book! The opening paragraph blew me away and sucked me right in. Kassy Tayler is a fantastic writer who is about to make a huge splash in the dystopian and YA genres! Can't wait to read more!
Cindy Holby
Sep 03, 2013 Cindy Holby rated it it was amazing
Shelves: by-me, young-adult
According to Huffington Post, Ashes of Twilight is a likely successor to Hunger Games.
Zero vi Britannia
Sep 17, 2012 Zero vi Britannia marked it as to-read
Ashes of Twilight...alas, this book won't be about what I had hoped.
Xena Elektra
Oct 05, 2015 Xena Elektra rated it did not like it
Shelves: dystopia, young-adult
The first thing that tripped me up with this book was the writing style. Some of it I got used to over time but within the first few pages I was greeted with lines such as:

"She'd told us about it, me and my friend Peggy, about the lawns painted a bright ..."

My mind screamed over that. I'm not a grammar expert but I'm pretty sure "us" should've been followed by me and my friend Peggy, not "it". Not to mention that when you take enclosed comma sections out the sentence is supposed to be readable.
Dec 25, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down once I started it. I was afraid it was going to be like Hunger Games, though there were similarities it was completely different. It was also one of those books where I didn't realize it was a young adult book until much later.

I can only describe this novel as a Post-apocalyptic steampunk, overthrow the current government for the happiness and well being of all kind of novel. The main character is a 16 year old girl named Wren who inadvertently starts a revolution.
Joy (joyous reads)
Jan 02, 2013 Joy (joyous reads) rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review
The sky is blue.

Four simple words that would be a catalyst to the revolution that Wren MacAvoy would spearhead. In this book about a dystopian world where a caste social system is in place, a world where people live their lives ruled by a military faction and royals where the privileged few who never had to work a day in their lives, Wren has chosen to live a solitary life. Even surrounded by friends, she doesn't let anyone come close. But when Alex, the one person in her life who made sure she
Sep 20, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book through a first reads giveaway, thank you!

From the second I started this book I could not put it down! I absolutely loved the premise (dystopian seems to be my favorite genre lately). I noticed a couple of other people mentioning it being similar to The City of Ember, but I have not read that book so this whole idea was new to me.

I was very impressed with the main character (Wren). She's definitely a character I would want my children reading about and looking up to. She did
Dec 02, 2012 Emily rated it did not like it
I'm not angry, just disappointed. I would have been angry if I had spent more time on it - as it was, I quit after about 10 minutes of reading. My initial thoughts were that the narrator (Wren? See, I didn't even get far enough to know her name for sure...) was annoying - speaking way too 'educated' and precisely and properly for someone was was supposed to be a lower class worker. Also, she was questioning and criticizing her society so immediately, it didn't give me a chance to see what the wo ...more
Michelle Stalker
Sep 19, 2012 Michelle Stalker rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! I couldn't put it down! From the easy to follow storyline, to the loveable characters this has got to be in my top 5! I was privelaged to get to read the advance reader's copy and plan to pass it on to many more so they can share the love between Wren, Pace, Pip, and Cat!
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Nov 23, 2012 Jaime (Two Chicks on Books) rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best dystopian books I've read in a long time! It kinda reminded me of The City of Ember a bit.
Jun 17, 2014 Kyla rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I always like reading about dystopias and this book definitely did not disappoint. Loved it from start to finish
Lindsay Cummings
Apr 22, 2012 Lindsay Cummings marked it as reviewcopies
YESSSS so happy to have this book. want to read it NOW! :)
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
Dec 05, 2012 Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books) rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

What I Liked: 1) Wren. I always like defiant heroines, and she is defiant from the very beginning. Even when we first meet her she is breaking one of the cardinal rules of her world. She's very strong in that she knows not to just accept what is expected of her, because there is something better out there. 2) I liked Pace a lot. It's hard not to like this guy. He kind of reminds me of a puppy dog. He's a little helpless when he is in Wren's world, but he's got a lot of strength to him t
Dec 16, 2012 Gail rated it really liked it
I don't know why I like stories that describe our society in a time when it is not functioning like what we live in now. They often give me a glimpse of what life might be like and I find myself wondering if I could cope in that kind of a life. I enjoyed The City of Ember because of how interesting it was to me to know how people began to rebuild their life--without the knowledge or supplies we are used to. This book is set in a time when people built a dome to protect the people from fire as th ...more
Aug 21, 2012 Stefanie rated it liked it
Shelves: freado, dystopia
Ashes of Twilight is reminiscent of the book City of Ember, it takes place underground when it's believed that the world above is burning in massive fires because of a cataclysmic asteroid, or comet or something crashed into the Earth and the only way to survive was to go underground and preserve the Royal bloodlines for the future. Wren MacAvoy is the main character, she's a sixteen year old girl who works as a miner to mine for coal to keep the fans going so that the more privileged "royals" t ...more
Alexander Gardieff
Nov 21, 2012 Alexander Gardieff rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
It has been quite sometime since I was absorbed by a book so much. I found myself reading through it non-stop for a solid day. The book combines elements from both Dystopian and Steampunk genres, the storyline and setting are very similar to City of Ember if you have ever read that book, it just feels more developed and more involved than Ember did. Wren is a nicely developed character and someone that you actually care about and I think that's the main reason it turned into a page turner for me ...more
Leah Perkins
I loved it. I was turning pages like I was popping potatoe chips!! The whole time I was reading this I kept envisioning my trip to Carlsbad caverns in New Mexico. It was like I was right there again, and I could visualize everything while reading. I have been inside the cave while experiencing a "total blackout" that is beyond dark- it's total blindness! I'm not so sure what to make out of the shiners eyes adapting to that though. It's just one of those, I'm gonna just go with it, things! I did ...more
Sabrina Jennings
Jan 30, 2015 Sabrina Jennings rated it it was amazing
Listened to the audio version- great narrator!

Reminded me somewhat of the Hunger Games, not in the plot, but in the feel of it- Dystopian society, a controlling government with secrets, young female heroine who is strong, tough and watches out for the people she cares about, love interest, and strict social class separation

I thought the characters were very real. For example, Pace is a cute, strong young guy, but he's also scared of dark enclosed spaces and cares about his mama.

I hope that th
May 18, 2013 Apzmarshl rated it really liked it
Ashes of Twilight.... Loved it. In a dystopian land under a protective dome, society is divided between royals and working class. Most of the story happens below ground with the Shiners, or coal miners. Like in other dystopian fiction, someone has a problem with the way society has tried to protect them or brainwash them. Wren wants more than living under ground and dying young from black lung. She wants to see the sky and breath the air outside of the dome. But everyone knows outside is nothing ...more
Jennifer Lynn
Jan 31, 2016 Jennifer Lynn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
What starts off as a typical dystopian book, actually ends up being written into a better story than a lot of the ones out there now. Wren has lived and worked in the mines her whole life along with the group of shiners whose job is to provide coal for all the people who live in the dome. As shiners they are the lowest in the caste system which is built to support and provide for the Royals. They are taught that over two hundred years ago a giant comet hit the earth putting everything to a world ...more
Similar in theme to The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau but with more YA content. Wren is a likable character and Kassy Tayler wrote her with so much emotion making me cry over several parts of the story. Truly heart WRENCHING!!! There are emotional highs and deep depths throughout this tale. Nearly all the characters are written with as much depth as Wren. The one major repetitive annoyance was Wren whining "if only I could go back and everything would be the same as before".

Although this was l
Aug 13, 2012 Bmquiram rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Ashes of Twilight is a book that made me think about my own life. The main character in the story questions her life. She wants, needs more than what everyone else seems to simply accept as the way things are. She is constantly told what to do, and more frequently told what not to do. As she takes the reader along for this adventure she discovers just how much her decisions affect the lives of others around her.
Great story.
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Kassy Tayler is a pseudonym of Cindy Holby.
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