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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick
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Aug 06, 2012

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Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick is part one in a trilogy of dystopian young adult books in which an EMP (electromagnetic pulse) wipes out all electronics, including pacemakers and other devices inside people’s bodies. Alex is a 17-year-old girl with a brain tumor, who also has lost her parents in a horrific accident and has undergone numerous traditional radiation and experimental treatments. She decides to leave her Aunt Hannah’s house near Northwestern University and head to the Waucamaw Wilderness of Michigan to determine what to do next — whether to go on fighting the tumor or move on.

While in the woods, she meets Ellie, her grandfather, and their dog Mina. The 8-year-old Ellie is sarcastic and bit angry since her father’s passing in Iraq, but when the EMP hits, the only one left to rely on is a stranger and her dog, a dog that reminds her of all she’s lost. Granted, she has a right to be angry and sad, but she whines just a bit too much and readers may find that they would be glad if Alex were to ditch her in the woods alone.

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Reading Progress

August 6, 2012 – Started Reading
August 6, 2012 – Shelved
August 17, 2012 –
page 2
August 23, 2012 –
page 148
August 23, 2012 –
page 161
August 23, 2012 –
page 249
August 23, 2012 –
page 249
August 24, 2012 –
page 363
August 24, 2012 – Finished Reading
May 2, 2016 – Shelved as: book-club-selections

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Serena If I could have given 2.5 stars I would have.

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