Friday, May 11, 2012
Quick Review: Ashes
It could happen tomorrow . . .
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushes her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it’s now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
I have mixed emotions about this one. On one had I enjoyed it, was curious to see how it ended. On the other hand, it felt kind of done. It's tense in the right parts and kept my attention well enough, but it wasn't all that new or fresh. Maybe I've just read too much "apocalyptic" fiction lately, but it felt...familiar.
Alex is still a pretty strong character, and the story is well written; but there's nothing ground breaking about it. Now I will say that this is a first part of a series, so it may just be getting started. I will give it the benefit of reading the next part, but for now I'm left with a "meh" feeling. The situations she found herself in where set up fairly well. I had a touch of deja vu.