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 Ce
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...more
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...more
Therefore, I was really hoping that my last farewell rendezvous would turn out to be a fun one and that YA dystopian fictio...more
But for now....
Ever wondered how it would be to live in a world where the only weather alternated between droughts and storms, oh wait... add in a disease that's killed most of the world population and a few tsunamis and massive earthquakes, yup that's good enough.
This world Jo Treggiari has built is amazing! So much detail, action, and eyy everyone needs some love once in a while right?
The character is strong, independent and smart. The guy is swoon-worthy .. I guess, not as m...more
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...more
The world of Ashes, Ashes seemed so realistic and I loved all the details and explanations that led me to feel for all the characters. Lucy is officially one of my favorite heroines in YA literature. Her survival in all of the suffering, pain, and destruction in this book amazed me. Aiden was another great character and I liked how much of a...more
Lucy has been surviving on her own for nearly a year in Central Park in NYC. After small-pox epidemic annihilated the population, the climate changed alternating droughts and...more
"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 effecti...more
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...more
Tödliche Epidemien, Tsunamis und Klimakatastrophen – die sechzehnjährige Lucy hat das Ende der Welt kommen und gehen gesehen. Als eine der wenigen Überlebenden eines alles vernichtenden Virus versucht sie sich in den zum Dschungel gewordenen Ruinen von New York durchzuschlagen.
Doch Lucys Welt ist voller Bedrohungen: gefährliche Diebe und skrupellose Plünderer streifen umher. Als eine Horde wilder Hunde sie jagt, gelangt sie ans Ende ihrer Kräfte. Doch wie aus dem Nichts taucht Aidan auf –...more
I feel like I need someone else to read this to tell me, "Hey, Adam, this book's not THAT bad. What's your deal?" I feel pretty confident though that anyone who's read a popular, action-filled dystopian novel, ("The Hunger Games", "The Maze Runner", "Divergent", to name a couple) you'll totally pull "Ashes, Ashes" off your shelf to make room for another.
I really wanted to like this as the concept is interesting, especially to a born-and-raised New...more
Flaw 1: The main character is a COMPLETE cunt. shes always falling and cutting herself accidentaly. How did she survive two years while also being pretty stupid?
Flaw 2: WAAAAAAAY too many survivors. If 99% of the worlds population was dead, there would not be a tenth of the survivors in this book. Even though 99% of humanity is gone, it's still pretty easy to find survivors.
Flaw 3: The pla...more
The ending was a little too rushed for me and didn't really strike me as different. She get's caught. She get's kept in a cell. Som...more
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...more
... the 'romance' was, well, sooooo high school, which makes minimal sense in a post apocalyptic world where teens are functioning as adults
... I had to work reeeeaaally hard to suspend disbelief in many places: bleeding a girl to death to get samples for research? Powerful people with vehicles and tasers snatching just two or four subjects at a time, when with minimal additional effort they could take twen...more
Ashes, Ashes is a book about the world ending and what happens next. Lucy Holloway was an out cast and not very popular with few friends before the first wave of the plague. This plauge killed millions of people and the sexcond wave wiped out most survivors. After her mother, father,
and brother died she left. she found a survival book and used it to help here make a fort in the forest and it helped her find and prepare food. But one day when she was looking for food...more
As an aside, how could she find her area of the park after a tsunami? I've tried to find a spot I was very familiar with by my home after a creek burst out of its banks one winter. The big trees were all chewed up and up rooted. The many pounds of force from flood water and ice just battered everything. I'm pret...more
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...more
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.
I have trained as a boxer. I could have been a conten...more