SHADOWS pretty much picks up where ASHES left off and is a bigger and broader book, with a LOT going on, new characters to meet, new mysteries to unravel. Title: Ashes. Author: Ilsa J. Bick. Genre: Young Adult, Horror, Speculative Fiction. Publisher: Egmont USA Publication Date: September Ilsa J. Bick is an award-winning, best-selling author of short stories, e-books and novels. Ashes, the first volume in her dystopian thriller trilogy, was released from Egmont USA in September Before she became a successful author, Bick.

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One of the “spared” -exceptions to the rule- is Alex a 17 year-old girl living with her aunt, after both her parents were killed in a helicopter accident three years earlier. Just life in this weird religious cult amish society. I liked the strong but fragile Alex, and Bbick was thoroughly engrossed by the incredible suspense and visceral, shudder-inducing scenes that will be forever seared into my memory. It is very distracting and all you can do is turn it down or take it away from your ear.

All that matters are the effects. Anfang – Seite 9 28 Apr 19, So glad you enjoyed! From that point on, things stop making any kind of sense at all. Not many authors do this and it makes her work all the stronger for it.

The plot is so different from what I’ve come to expect in the YA genre. Our protagonist is a young woman, Alex, who is headed into the wilderness for emotional closure, planning to scatter her parents’ ashes in the remote woods they loved. After some back and fo When I first saw Ilsa’s new book in a Publisher’s Weekly article highlighting look-out YA books at BEA this year, I emailed her immediately and started hunting for her publicist’s information to get a copy.


Ashes by Ilsa J.

Ilsa J. Bick

Book 3, part 2 of 2. It didn’t bother me.

Like Alex, Tom quickly comes across as a real person, a genuinely good, real person. Hey, back, Well…what do you think? Anfang – Seite View all 39 comments. This all makes the story pwn. The relationship between Tom and Alex had been developed so well in the awhes section — sure it was partly born out of fear and desperation — but it felt real and gradual and had my full investment. The second half of the book was completely different.

Ashes Trilogy by Ilsa J. Bick

The second half is a sort of flat two stars. Contrast that suspicion with her meeting up with Tom not long after the pulse–she isn’t freaked out that he stitched her head, removed her wet clothes or that they immediately settled into a family unit.

And–hear him out–they’ll go even father north, to someplace even less populated and figure out how to live off the land. They share a cup of coffee, but before Ilza can continue on her way, all of them are suddenly struck down in agony. Instead of banding together, the survivors mostly elderly people grow desperate and steal and kill each other for their goods.

And why trade known resources that include a generator! This story is just so engaging and it captured me from page one.

Ashes by Ilsa Bick – review

Having an ill teen ilda heroine was a fascinating choice, particularly one wrestling with the issues of terminal illness. Also the strength I loved in Alex through the first half seemed conspicuously absent in the second half. Those who might be squeamish about reading explicit descriptions of regular-looking people renting human flesh, rupturing bellies, and enjoying the meal, close this review and don’t look back.


Alex teams up across the land with Ellie aged 8, a dog and Tom an explosive ordnance disposal expert and slowly their fates weight up in the balance of survival.

The best part of this book for me was that it was narrated by Katherine Kellgren. Ruhelose Seelen by Ilsa J. If that sounds up your alley then I definitely recommend this book!

Logical and driven and smart? I still wanted to know how things would play out. Thanks for being so cool.

If you liked The Hunger Gamesodds are you’ll like this. However, it seems overly troubled by plot contrivances instead of organic happenings out of character or event development; I first started to wonder at author intention when in short order Alex lost a coffee press, a stove, a map, a water bottle, a backpack, parka, food and then finally, her father’s gun.

I’ve spent bicm last 24 hours thinking about it, trying to jlsa out a way to point out the good and the bad, instead of just listing all the things that annoyed me. Mina also has the patience of a saint and packs a mean bite.