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Ashes (Seeds of America #3)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  2,974 Ratings  ·  539 Reviews
Freedom for one, freedom for all?

That’s the question that burns in Isabel’s mind as she and Curzon forge on through chaos and fear toward the dream that’s kept them alive for so many years: freedom. But her dream of living not as a “runaway” but as a free person with land and a family of her own seems impossibly far away. That dream hinges on one thing: finding her little
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Published October 4th 2016 by Brilliance Audio
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Laurie Anderson
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-wrote
Thanks to everyone for being so patient for ASHES!! I owe you an explanation!

The plan was for only two years to elapse between the publication of FORGE and ASHES, so it was originally supposed to be published in 2012.

Then life kicked me in the butt.

My mother's emphysema entered the last stages and she wanted to end her days at home, not in an institution. So I took care of her until she died, which set back the plans for several books, in addition to all the deeply emotional stuff. The opportun
Saru (Queen of Bookland)
Why does the release date keep getting pushed ahead? ERGH! I need to know what happens! How does everything turn out?

Jun 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When will this book come out? I am dying to read it! It was over a year and a half ago that I read Forge, so I'm getting really antsy for Ashes. Please come out soon!
Kate Kerrane
Oct 20, 2011 marked it as to-read
Waaa! The audio version of this book is supposed to come out this week. Clearly Halse Anderson has finished it, but we must wait until January for the actual book to come out! Noooo! Chains and Forge, the first two books in this trilogy are among the best historical fiction books that I have ever read.
Oct 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: african, historical
I waited for this book for four years, and it definitely didn't disappoint! Very few other books have been able to stir up such strong emotions in me, and the way the author resolves (view spoiler) was amazing, IMO. I almost cried at that part, and I appreciated how it showed the brutality of the Revolutionary War (view spoiler). I did have a few problems with the ...more
Sarah Gross
Jan 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting a long time for this book and, man oh man, it was worth the wait. The conclusion to the trilogy that began with Chains, Ashes takes the reader back to Isabelle and Curzon's story. I cried more than once while reading and could not put it down. I even snuck in a few pages while standing in line at the deli counter today!

I'm thrilled that this story has grown with it's readers (Isabelle and Curzon are in their late teens now) while still maintaining it's appeal to middle school a
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical
I enjoyed this last book more than its predecessor: Forge. Former slaves Curzon and Isabel are traveling south at great personal risk to find Isabel's younger sister, who was sent away to punish Isabel's rebellious nature. Her adoptive family sends her with them (in search of freedom), but tensions are high among all. Curzon eventually joins the patriot army and much of the story is centered around the battle of Yorktown as Isabel and her sister gravitate there too find work as their resources w ...more
According to a recent blog post made by the author in September 2012 it seems that Ashes is not finished (or perhaps even started). However, there have been no new posts since September 23rd, so it is possible things have changed. She writes:

"I am writing again like,…. well, like a madwoman. My health has been good this summer (last year it really sucked) and although I have have a bunch of tests and doctor visits later this month, I think it will be smooth sailing ahead. I’m hoping to give my n
Jan 09, 2016 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I have just received visual confirmation of Ashes!

yes yes yes

New release date: October 4, 2016! Confirmed by the author!

And look at that beautiful cover:

Laurie Halse Anderson Ashes

Bold colors! Composition that draws the eye! I approve!


I was not one of the lucky ones to get my hands on the sampler, but I saw STACKS! It's happening!
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My words will never justly express my love, adoration and appreciation of Ashes and the entire Seeds of America trilogy. I am said and satisfied I've read them. The historical research and attention to detail was worth the decade journey LHA took to write them. The best and most surprising part of this book is the relationship between Isabel and Curzon. Never have I ever read a YA piece that creates such a deliciously deep, complex and rich relationship between two characters. Even my middle sch ...more
May 29, 2014 marked it as to-read
Just a PSA, Halse said in a recent Goodreads interview that she got really ill for two years, and this badly affected her writing schedule. She's trying to get back on track now, so hopefully it will be out some time soon.

Edit: So I just got an update saying Halse herself liked this PSA! Checked the profile, and she's saying October 4th 2016! Exciting news guys, hope all is well now Laurie :) x
Leona  Carstairs
The ending of this trilogy was great and I loved this trilogy overall! (sorry these reviews are so short, I read these books quite a while ago so I don't have that many specific thoughts on them).
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Worth the wait!
May 25, 2012 marked it as to-read
Shelves: series
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed how this series and the stories of Isabel, Curzon, and Ruth wrapped up. Though I was a little sad that I didn't get to read more about what Isabel and Curzon experienced while trying to get to Ruth, I did appreciate that Ruth and Isabel's reunion happened early on in the book. It had been years since they had been separated, and there would inevitably be some bumps on the road to being reconciled, and I very much enjoyed reading about that process.

Isabel is such a strong, courag
5.0 I was so lucky to get my hands on an advance copy of Ashes thanks to the generosity of a few friends who knew how much I enjoyed the first two instalments in this series.

The conclusion of an anticipated trilogy is always filled with excitement, but also concern that it is not going to meet the lofty expectations of the previous titles. Ashes not only met my hopes for the third book, but exceeded them. Right from the start Laurie Halse Anderson threw me for a loop and took the story in a dire
Nov 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Love, love, LOVE. I'm sad it's over. I read it slowly on purpose just for that reason.
Sep 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Halse Anderson's brilliant conclusion to her Revolutionary War trilogy brings the war years of the struggling new nation to life in surprising ways. Our favorite characters: Isabel, Ruth, and Curzon are together again as they work towards the freedom of a nation that does not deem them free. I learn so much reading her books. For instance, I didn't know that Rhode Island offered freedom to any slaves who fought in the Revolutionary War and honored it. Meanwhile, our Founding Fathers round ...more
Apr 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I give up - I will never read another Laurie Halse Anderson book. I have waited more than FIVE YEARS for her to wrap up this story, and Anderson has pushed the publication date on this book back at least EIGHT TIMES now - she constantly announces new dates and insists she is "finishing ASHES up right now!" but when the date arrives, there is a new publication date six months down the road again. It is clear that she has no clue how to finish this series, and didn't plan out the whole plot before ...more
Lisa Mandina
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series should be even more popular with the popularity of Hamilton right now. A great end to a great series. Full review to come on Lisa Loves Literature soon.
I've been waiting to read this book for years and I'm finally happy to have finished the series.

by book three, I've realized that I don't care for the large skips of time in-between. I don't like hearing recaps from Isabel and Curzon about the last year's worth of activities (it made their relationship seem slightly unrealistic). but I still very much enjoyed moving with these characters and living through the American revolution.

I cannot wait to read more Anderson when she writes again!
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
One of the best series ever!!
Beth Honeycutt
Nov 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
Absolutely 4.5 stars. I loved the "ending" of Isabel and Curzon's story! Amazing historical fiction journey.
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Once again, the author transports me back in time. I was so happy with the ending. I felt the hope for a better future.
Apr 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
I found myself rather confused in this book and I found out it was because this was not the first book. That's why I had to give it 2 out of 5 stars. Though if I had read the first one first I think I would have liked it better.
Nicolette Harding
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderful conclusion to an amazing series. These are YA books but you almost can't tell nor does it matter. Such great writing and research.
This thrilling conclusion to the Seeds of America series has Isabel and Curzon on the run together again. They're still searching for Isabel's sister Ruth. They've battled illness, banditti, Redcoats , gators and snakes and now they're closer than ever. However, the British control Charleston and a sympathetic woman urged Isabel to look at Riverbend first. What Isabel finds there is beyond anything she could have imagined. She struggles to accept the situation and with Curzon's glib tongue and a ...more
First, I had to read summaries of Chains and Forge, because I couldn't remember what was happening. Not a great start. Second, I really did not like Isabel or Ruth. Ruth is depicted in some scenes as a mentally disabled character, yet has more insight and is more astute than Isabel in many ways. It was really, really cruel that Isabel yanked Ruth out of the one home she remembered; I felt Isabel was an incredibly selfish character, and her sudden change from being closed-off to telling Curzon sh ...more
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-kids
It took me a little while to get into this series and then I really couldn't put it down.

Colleen Spillers
Oct 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Laurie Halse Anderson is a genius! I love her writing so much! This book was fantastic, again....well written, well researched, well-developed characters, interesting storyline...
You MUST read the whole trilogy - it is riveting and insightful.... however if you don't - you will get enough snippets of the backstories in Ashes to be able to understand what is going without reviewing all of the books too much (which is something I hate in sequels at large - thanks for not making this a total recap
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