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3.48 of 5 stars 3.48  ·  rating details  ·  9,424 ratings  ·  922 reviews
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl’s unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.

Epidemics, floods, droughts—for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Cen
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published July 5th 2011 by Ars Edition (first published June 1st 2011)
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this book had a lot of potential, but ultimately it just didn't win me over.

hi, have we just met??? if so, let me tell you that i love large-scale survival stories and i love teen dystopian novels. i'm not even hiding in the shadows about it anymore. and there are some good ones and there are some bad ones. this one is grouped in my mind with the susan beth pfeffer last survivors trilogy, which means it is conceptually strong, but is unrealistic in its portrayal of human response. more on that
At first I was thinking that a good comparison for the book would be a blind date but thinking further it's closer to a relationship that is just about to break up -- horribly. There's no mystery, passion is long gone, and any intimacy is just a sad joke from here on out.

At no point did I care enough about anyone in this to to accept the things that goes on throughout the book. Eventually not only did I stop trying I just about shut down. I had less than an hour left and I kept thinking how did
Um, when your hero chick is supposed to be crazy grubby, with necessarily shorn hair and tatters for a wardrobe...don't portray her on the cover wearing spotless skinny jeans, long lush locks, and a bright white tea (seemingly with a push-up bra to boot). Just...don't. I skimmed from chapters four on and found this to be what the over-descriptive book jacket promised: insipid, MOR, boy-saves-girl-who-acts-tough-until-the-kissing-starts.
Marg K.
Like with most hot summer flings, my borderline obsessive, punch-drunk infatuation with YA dystopian fiction has finally blown its spark plug and officially fizzled out. Looking back on it all, there were definitely some good times (namely the awesomely gory zombie killing and the adrenaline-pumped running for your mother-lovin' life), but there were also A LOT of bad times.

Therefore, I was really hoping that my last farewell rendezvous would turn out to be a fun one and that YA dystopian fictio
Marie Lu
The beauty of Ashes, Ashes is all in the story's details. I don't think I've read another dystopian with the level of deep, engrossing detail that Jo's novel has--in Ashes, Ashes, I can smell the world's decay, feel the rain pounding on my back, sense the pain in my lungs as Lucy runs for her life....everything is alive, immediate, and vivid. Lucy and Aidan are a sweet young couple, and the story is dark but not without hope. Recommended!
There are any number of cracking ways to open a novel, but I am going to argue that (view spoiler) is not one of them. <--That’s not really a spoiler. But it’s gross. I put it in spoiler tags because I’m conscious that this might show up in people’s news feeds while they’re eating.

Sure, this makes a pretty impactful point about the desperation of Lucy’s situation. But what immediately follows is a several pages long, point-by-point description of the curr
The BookWhisperer
Ashes, Ashes is a terrifyingly realistic view at the world s end. BookWhisperer is not known for books such as this one; after several struggles this is usually a book that I would have avoided. Much to my surprise Ashes, Ashes will be the first of this type of book on my favorites list. Lucy is the strong and courageous sixteen year old that will follow throughout this novel. Being the soul survivor of her entire family she has set out to living in the wild alone. It is remarkable to follow thi ...more
Stacey (prettybooks)
I had wanted to read Ashes, Ashes for such a long time – it received high ratings when reviews started to emerge so I put at the top of my mental “young adult dystopia ‘must read’ list”. However, now that I’ve read it, I’m not entirely sure it is a dystopian novel. I think people can get confused and think that if it’s a futuristic novel (especially if it’s an apocalyptic novel) then it’s automatically dystopian. While I’m not completely certain (and therefore it shall remain on my YA dystopia l ...more
Mairéad (is exploring a floating city)
{June 24th, 2014} THE REVIEW

2.5 stars.

I'm only doing this now because I'm worried that I won't get the chance to go back and actually finish my notes without rereading it again. Either way, I've pretty much said most of the problems I had dealt with while reading in my previous update.

I'm sorry for the really lacklustre of a promise for an interesting review, but I'm just too tired to relive it again at the moment... >_<;

{June 20th, 2014} RTC

Haven't spammed posted my update responses to re
This really had a lot of promise, but (…oh, there is always a but) it just didn’t do it for me. The author could’ve done so much more, but didn’t take advantage of what she’d already set up. It was interesting, but not really exciting.

Quick Overview: 16 year-old Lucy is surviving on her own in the wilds of Central Park, while floods and droughts still plague New York City. The ravage of natural disasters and the epidemic that killed millions of the population leaves Lucy as the last survivor of
Heather Pearson
Global warming has wrecked havoc on New York City. Streets and highways have been turned to rivers and Central Park now has an ocean view. Four years later, a virulent plague strikes and wipes out much of the world's population, leaving a remnant of less than one percent living.
Lucy is the sole survivor of her family; everyone she knows has died. Now she makes her home in the wilds of Central Park. For a while she lived in a city shelter, but the Sweepers kept abducting people for some unknown
Ok... well...

What I liked - Lucy... Sammy... everything in-between the extreme descriptions.

Don't get me wrong, I like an author with a clear point of view but I also don't need a road map with every hedge, pebble and sidewalk explained to me in order to get to my destination.

Also there didn't really seem to be a whole lot to the book. The same kind of stuff keeps happening with no real surprises. I kept thinking, alright this time it's going to be different. But the story never took a differen
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Actual Rating: 3.5/5

Though Ashes, Ashes presents us with a bleak outlook with regard to the physical state of our world in the future–cities and enormous groups of people decimated by disease, starvation, and forces of nature–we are also given a story lined with hope as we watch the survivors carry on in the face of so much death. First, we get to meet and watch young Lucy spend her days completing tasks we'd like to
Jo Treggiari seems like a pretty cool woman from the little blurb about her on the back flap thing and this is a YA dystopian novel with a female protagonist, so this story should be fun right?

Eh, not really. This book didn't succeed in convincing me of much of anything and I found I was counting down how many pages were left every time I finished a chapter. I didn't like any of the characters enough to care about them and I didn't really know what they wanted (other than to survive from day to
In a post-apocalyptic world that can easily be envisioned into our reality, Ashes, Ashes focuses on Lucy, a teenage girl who has survived both the plague that has killed her family and the furious physical elements that continue to afflict the continent. Left behind by everyone she loves Lucy fends for herself by living off the land. The terrain of New York and New Jersey have changed significantly as a result of earthquakes and tsunamis leaving Lucy in what seems to be some section left of Cent ...more
This book is a very intriguing read. The main character, Lucy, has survived a virus that killed off 99% of the Earth's population-including her family. Lucy is a very industrious girl; she lives on her own and survives by herself. The action begins right away in this novel; the reader will not be bored. Lucy meets Aidan after he helps her evade a pack of wild dogs. She joins him and the other survivors; the reader will enjoy meeting the various different personalities.
Of course, there is always
Linda Cat
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There is a difference between Post-Apocalyptic fiction and Dystopian fiction. While they run together frequently, dystopias often being the result of an apocalypse, and apocalypses normally creating at least slight dystopias in the way the world is run. Ashes, Ashes has elements of dystopia but is a post-apocalyptic book for the most part (to me, anyway!) and I liked that a lot. I also believe it's a stand-alone, although it could easily be a serie
Greta is Erikasbuddy
A weathery mix of "The Day After TOmorrow" meets an "I am Legend" infection mingled with the pocket kife of "Survivor Man".

Sounds cool right?


Or at least on my end.

I found myself kinda hoping that the main character drowned or fell into a volcano.

Not my cup of Pepsi but you might like it ;)

I really thought I would have liked it..... RATS! Hates it when the description is better than the words inside.
Alyssa hoffmaster
I have never been disappointed with a dystopian novel yet, each one is different and original and I love the dystopian genre very much.

Lucy is a loner, she is one of the lucky who hasn’t died from the black plague, everyone in her family had died, she’s all alone, living in the woods, with a homemade shelter, minimal food and water, and lives each day to the fullest, knowing that any time she could die.

Then one day she meets Aidan, she is instantly irritated at his “cool” behavior, she smells
I like Ashes, Ashes.



Ashes, Ashes transported me into a future that is very likely to happen. Environmental catastrophes and epidemics brought humankind back to basics: no electricity, no medicines, no shelter. For the desperation Treggiari instilled in me while walking inside her post-apocalyptic world, I give Ashes, Ashes a 4. For failure to deliver and fully resolve the conflict, I give it a 3.

Lucy is capable of surviving by herself. Her constant enemies are enormous rainshowers,
Donna  Happy Booker
Ashes, Ashes is a YA dystopian that takes place in future New York. The country has been ravaged by a viral epidemic and weather related disasters, the population has been decimated and there are pockets of survivors doing the best they can to manage from day to day. Lucy, the main character, is isolated, dirty, living in caves, doing what she needs to do to survive and not draw the attention of the "sweepers". The sweepers are a sinister group that hunts down and kidnaps survivors. Lucy meets A ...more
ASHES, ASHES is a terrifying reminder of how much I hate camping. Okay, personal bias aside, the survival aspect is a huge part of the story, and the details are so realistic that it didn’t take too much of a leap in imagination to envision Lucy’s harrowing life in post-apocalyptic New York. It’s not glamorized in any way; life is tough, and I loved how what she actually needs to do to survive isn’t just brushed aside.

It does take a while for the plot to kick in, though. While I appreciated taki
I wanted to like this book. I did. It's got the elements I want in a post-apocalyptic survival book, and some of those actual survival bits were the ones I really did like about Ashes, Ashes, from the protagonist having a looted survival manual to survivors banding together, growing their own food and what not.

Unfortunately, the characters were rather flat, the central love story/relationship as cliché as they come (view spoiler)
YJin C
While searching through a pile of unread books, I started and currently finished reading Jo Treggiari’s book, “Ashes, Ashes.” As you can already tell from the title page, the book is about a girl(Lucy) and the people that are left behind after epidemics, floods, droughts, and plagues. Which had devastated the world, taking away 99 percent of the world’s population. The story seems like an typical dystopian novel, though the author by expressing the emergent situations in the book, dragging the r ...more
Holy adrenaline rush!!! From the opening scene until the very end there was action galore. But there was also wonderful character development and lots of twisted and turns.

I loved it. It's exactly what dystopian, post-apocalyptic YA should be. A must-read for fans of the genre.

I'll have two signed copies up for auction at http://slavelakebookauction.wordpress... next week!
Sophia Chan
Once upon a time... In a land far far away in Chinatown... There was a girl who was bored out of her mind... And that girl was me (q the dramatic music! If you're thinking of the theme music for Star Wars well, I don't mean that kind of music. Well, that was the first thing that I thought of. Anyways... Back to the book review.) It was one of those situations when I ran out of books to read and I was over at a relative's. So I looked through their books and found, the only thing that interested ...more
Sarah Maddaford
This book started off extremely well. The author set up the story with loads of detail without bogging down the pace (at least in my opinion, I started reading late at night and was still having trouble putting it down). Then, the romantic interest is introduced and things somewhat fall apart. For having lived alone so long, Lucy trusts him too quickly (and I don't buy that instant attraction thing when she was otherwise so focused on survival).
So, she joins up with Aidan's group despite the fac
"Spannender Dystopie Jugendroman"

Lucy hat alles verloren. Ihre Eltern, ihre Geschwister, ihr Heim und ihr ganzes bisherige Leben und dennoch kämpft sie, kämpft jeden Tag um das nackte Überleben, denn die Welt liegt dank unzähligen Naturkatastrophen brach. Und so lebt Lucy allein, in der Wildnis des zerstörten New York und macht sich nicht weiter Gedanken darüber, ob es noch andere Menschen wie sie gibt, denn ihre Angst vor der Epidemie ist einfach zu groß, die auch ihre gesamte Familie ge
All Things Urban Fantasy
Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy

Are you ready for another dystopian novel? You should be. ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari destroys the world and throws a sixteen year old girl into the ruins. My favorite thing about ASHES, ASHES was the evolution of the character of Lucy. In most dystopian novels, the characters have grown up in their dystopian world. They don’t know anything else. Not Lucy. She grew up much like teenagers today. She went to high school, worried about boys and bullies, h
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Lucy is one of the few survivors of the plague that wiped out most of humanity. She has been living alone in a tree house in what used to be Central Park in New York City. When she meets Aidan, a fellow teenaged survivor, while being chased by a pack of hunting dogs, she decides to join his band of survivors. The dangers keep coming when she learns the dogs weren't an accident, but were sent by the Sweepers to find her. What makes her so special to warrant such an extensive search?

I can't decide
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I was born in London, England but grew up in Canada, Roccasinibalda, Italy and California.Somehow I found myself on the beautiful south shore of Nova Scotia, where I now live.
I used to work in the music industry and eventually owned my own indie record label. The first CD we ever put out was by a gangsta rap group. We also did alt rock and punk.
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