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Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
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Feb 10, 12

Read in July, 2011

First there was extreme climate change, then there was not one but two plague epidemics. After her family members die Lucy turns to one of a few shelters set up for the plague survivors. Fearing that she might get picked up by the Sweeper; officials in bio hazard uniforms that pick up plague victims, Lucy decides it would be safer to live alone and sets up camp it what was once Central Park. After having no human contact for over a year she meets a boy, Adian who rescues her from a pack of hunting dogs. Unlike Lucy he is clean and fairly well fed. After this meeting Lucy realizes that she is not longer safe living on her own. She seeks out the small post plague community where Adian resides. Unfortunately Lucy does not find safety there. The Sweepers keep attacking the community and it seems they are looking for one person in particular, her.

This book starts off great, it has everything I like about a post apocalyptic novel, day to day survival and good descriptions of the post plague world. Unfortunately the book loses momentum after Lucy meets up with Adian’s survivor community. This is due to the fact that Treggiari did a great job describing her dystopian world, but falls a little flat with her character development. At times the plot feels a little shaky as well. The stage is set for a sequel but this can also be read as a standalone title.
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