AshesPaperback - 2012
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Seventeen-year-old Alex has had a rough time lately in Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick. First her parents tragically pass away in a helicopter accident, and then she is diagnosed with a brain tumor, which she dubs “the monster.” Fed up with managing the monster and all of its side effects like losing her sense of smell, she escapes to a campsite for a few days to think about her options. (more)
From Library Staff
An electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some into zombies, 17-year-old Alex, Tom, and 8-year-old Ellie join forces and inherit superhuman senses and try to stay alive.
From the critics
Violence: Extremely graphic and gruesome figt sevens including cannibalism, murder and beheadings.
Frightening or Intense Scenes: This book will give all but the most hardened teens nightmares.
Violence: very graphic it describes a person getting another persons insides to put it lightly
AgeAdd Age Suitability
black_falcon_336 thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over
Chapel_Hill_KenMc thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over
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This book begins with Alex hiking into the wilderness, but unlike most teenage campers, she doesn't want to have a good time. She's going to decide whether to kill herself or not. Alex, you see, has not only lost her parents in an accident, she has an incurable brain tumor. While Alex is in the woods, a massive EMP blast goes off. Some people die. Some people are unaffected. Some people, like Alex, gain strange new abilities. And some people turn into ravenous killing machines. Now Alex, in the company of haunted army officer Tom and eight-year-old Ellie, must survive in a dangerous new world where all they have is each other.
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“Why can't you like me?" he said, his voice breaking. His scent steamed then, hot and heady with a welter of contradictions: apples and fire and electric roil of those cold, black shadows. "Why can't you like me just a little?"
She would never know how she might have answered, because he never gave her the chance.
Instead, he kissed her.”