Ashes

Ashes

Audiobook CD - 2011
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Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world's population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses
Publisher: Grand Haven, MI : Brilliance Audio, [2011]
Copyright Date: ℗2011
ISBN: 9781455824199
1455824194
Branch Call Number: CD BOOK YA FIC Bick, I 100.1 2011
Characteristics: 10 sound discs (11 hr., 13 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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JCLChrisK Aug 22, 2013

I'm a bit torn on this one, waffling between three and four stars. I guess I landed on three because it started strong and then lost me a bit by the end. --- This is a very intelligent post-apocalyptic book with strong character development, a reasonably realistic set-up, gripping action, and suspenseful discovery. I was fully engaged and enjoyed devouring it quite a lot. --- But. By the time I reached the end of the journey (which is really only a start, since this is the first of a trilogy), I was having trouble buying into what I first found so convincing. --- I think most people would say that each human is a mix of good and bad, selfless and selfish, but very few of us feel it's an exact 50-50 mix. When pushed, most of us will admit we tip the balance one way or the other and find humans (at least) slightly more inherently good or evil. I'll admit to having a low enough view of human nature that I feel rules, constraints, and pressure are necessary to remind people to think bigger than themselves, that it takes incentives, fear, and a bit of coercion at times to keep us from always making the selfish decisions and forgoing the common good. I could never be a libertarian, for instance, because I believe that when people are left to their own devices they hurt others as often as help. Some people find me pessimistic that way. --- This book, though, has one of the bleakest visions of human nature I've ever seen. The further it goes--the more we discover--the worse things get. When disaster occurs and civilization falls apart in this story, no one is redeemable--except maybe our protagonists, but no one else. Even those who seem to be doing the right thing and banding together are hiding dark, evil secrets. The people in this book truly are in a dog-eat-dog competition to the death with everyone they see, and there's not a single instance of anyone with an ounce of compassion or cooperation. I know extreme circumstances call for extreme measures, but I just couldn't quite accept the total lack of goodness uniformly portrayed by these characters. --- And that lack of reality (from my perspective) made it harder for me to suspend my disbelief and enjoy the story than the fictional disaster and the circumstances that follow.

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