blo Teens Read and Write: Teen Fiction Review: ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari + Giveaway!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Teen Fiction Review: ASHES, ASHES by Jo Treggiari + Giveaway!


author: Jo Treggiari
release: June 1, 2011
genre: Teen Fiction- Post Apocalyptic
Epidemics, floods, droughts--for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
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Great world building and a strong main character were my favorite parts of ASHES, ASHES. Lucy has lost everything in this miserable post apocalyptic New York. Talk about lonely. In I Am Legend even Will Smith had a dog! 

Circumstances cause her to reluctantly join up with a group of survivors where she begins to find a family, and budding romance. But danger lurks, betrayal ensues, surprises spring, and Lucy's new found happiness threatens to unravel.  

Lucy perseverance and drive are her standout qualities. The romance is mild, put on the backburner for the story's action, but Aidan's a sweetie. When it came to the 'bad' guys, even the book's own 'good guys' were sometimes confused as to whether or not they're truly bad. Questions come up like, 'Does the ends justify the means?' and 'Should the few be sacrificed for the many?' 

The beginning lacks dialog since Lucy is alone but Treggiari provides a vivid sense of the horrific landscape as well as the backstory of how the world came to this miserable state and Lucy's place in it. The plot kicks into high gear when Lucy joins Aidan's group and we find that she's a key player in humanity's survival. 

ASHES, ASHES manages to deliver a sense of hope among all the misery which I always appreciate. It's a great story of mankind's ability to overcome. It's scary in many ways since with all the natural disasters going on lately it's easy to envision mother nature wreaking havoc and starting this destructive ball rolling. 

The world of ASHES, ASHES is nowhere you want to live, but it's a great place to visit within the pages of this gripping tale!

Be sure to check out our interview with Jo and her fantabulous answer to the Zombie Apocalypse question starring carnivorous butterflies! And were giving away an arc! 

Giveaway Details:
  • Leave a comment with your email address
  • Open to US/Canada
  • Must be 13 years or older
  • Enter by June 19

90 comments:

Selina said...

I love post-apocalyptic fiction. I NEED to read this. Thanks for the review!

Vidisha said...

sounds great...thanks for the giveaway!!!

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LindsayWrites said...

ahh!! i'm CRAZY for post apocalyptic and dystopians!!

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Missie said...

Why did you have to remind me of Sam? Now I'm crying my eyes out!

Have you read I Am Legend? It's very different from the book, but soo good. And the main character is by himself a lot in the beginning so that reminds me of Lucy's beginning.

Very much looking forward to reading this one.

missie at theunreadreader.com

Coreena McBurnie said...

Sounds interesting and thought provoking.
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thekams said...

I already want this one, and after your review I'm even more excited for it! Thanks for the giveaway =)

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Jamie said...

I love this type of book. This book sounds awesome.

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Lydia said...

sounds like an awesome book!!

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Frosy said...

I sooo want to read this book! Great review!

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Jessi E. (The Elliott Review) said...

This book sounds awesome! Thanks for holding a giveaway!

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Tiffany said...

This books sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway :)

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Blodeuedd said...

Sounds great and I would sure like to read it. And lol yes like with all dystopia certainly not live there ;)

Valia Lind said...

I've been hearing awesome things about this book! :)

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SarahSparrow said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Melissa @ Mel's Books and Info said...

I love post-apocalyptic fiction and this one sounds great! Thanks for the heads up on this book!

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Marquita Hockaday said...

This book sounds extra good! I've been looking forward to it for a while and your review made it even more enticing! Thanks for the contest :)

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Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this sounds good. You did scare me with the Will Smith pic in Legend. I hear the dog doesn't fare well, so that is why I've never seen it (yes, I'm wimpy like that). But this is the kind of book I do enjoy.

Thao Huynh said...

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THANK YOU FOR THIS! SO MUCH!!

SusieBookworm said...

Thanks for the review and giveaway! I adore post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. :D

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Avalon Cat Cartoons said...

I'm from Europe, so I can't participate. The book looks like a good read though.

~Avalon, Avalon Cat Cartoons

Meredith said...

I like post-apocalyptic fiction, even though it's scary to think something would put us in that kind of a situation!

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Christa said...

I've heard a lot about this book! Thanks for the giveaway.
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debbie said...

I love this kind of story, it sounds like something I would really like.
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Mel (He Followed Me Home) said...

I just finished this & loved it too. I think with recentweather issues and flu epidemics, this book was eerie.
(not entering contest)

Lieder Madchen said...

Thank you for the giveaway! This book looks really interesting. :)

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Vivien said...

I've been anticipating this one for a while. I absolutely love this genre. Count me in!!

Vivien
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Bethie said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I would love to win this.
I follow on GFC

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Laura (All of Everything) said...

I'm dying to read this!
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Faye said...
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Faye said...

lol even Will smith had a dog. I wouldn't want to live in Lucy's world. Why is it that most/some dystopian's take place in NYC? like the Enclave and even in the movies! it's creepy...

Erinberry said...

I'd love to read this! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Rachel said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Tasha said...

I can't wait to read this book. It sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing a great review!
Tasha @ A Trillian Books xoxo

throuthehaze said...

Thanks for the giveaway!
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TheJay2xA said...

I seriously want to read this book!
thanks for the giveaway!

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Small Review said...

Aw, I feel bad for her already being all alone. Good thing the MC is someone you liked. I'm also so happy to hear the world building is done well. That's a must for post-apocalyptic books.

Thanks for the giveaway!
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Tore said...

I really want to read this book. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

Lolawid said...

Looks like a great book!!

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Jenny N. said...

LOL I love that you mentioned the dog...I would have never thought of that. I'll probably be reading this soon.

Colleen said...

Great review, I can't wait for this book now!

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Library Lady said...

I want to read this SO bad!!!
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mfay2 said...

I want to read this!

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Alice said...

I can't wait to read this book. Thanks for the chance to win it :D

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Jen said...

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the awesome giveaway :)

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ktgonyea said...

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Count me in please :)

(: Isa :) said...

Whoa! Thanks for the giveaway! This sounds really cool :)

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librarymom said...

looking forward to checking this one out, thanks for the giveaway!

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heykiddego said...

I love post-apocalyptic stories, please enter me!

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Krystal said...

post-apocalyptic sounds sooo cool! Thanks! edysicecreamlover18ATgmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

I love this review. I'm with you, I appreciate hope in dystopian.
(not an entry)

Maya said...

DEFINITELY want to read this book, it looks amazing! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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Laura Grace said...

This book looks awesome! I've lately been really into the futuristic, apocalyptic, dystopian books and i think this one looks awesome!

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(Just a request, for future giveaways could you maybe go back to the separate entry forms instead of having everyone post a comment with their email address where total strangers can see it? I would just feel...more protected i guess. Thanks for this awesome giveaway though! Totally great!)

Sophia said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Looks like a great book.

Sophia L.
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latishajean said...

This sounds like a great book thank you so much for the great giveaway!
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Lolawid said...

Looks great!!

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T.B. said...

I cannot wait to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Miss Page-Turner said...

Ty:)

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Christie said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Andra said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

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Miranda Grissom said...

I'm really excited about this book! I've been hearing a lot about it and it sounds like a great read!

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Sakira said...

I'm really look forward to this read!! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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brendajean said...

Sounds like a great story. Thanks for the chance to win!

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kittenpie said...

I"m elbow-deep in dystopia these days, and I love the NYC setting - sounds right up my alley!

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Jenna said...

This novel is at the top of my to-read list, so I'd love the chance to win a copy!

Thanks for the contest! I'm a GFC follower.

Jenna
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Kaity said...

I'm dying to read this book, sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway :)

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krysykat said...

The book looks awesome!

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Lissyta said...

Wow! i'd love to read this book!

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Thanks

Miss Lauren said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

Miss Lauren
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Veronica said...
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Veronica said...

This book sounds really cool! I loved I Am Legend so this is right up my alley!

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nfmgirl said...

I'm a sucker for post-apocalyptic and dystopian! Please count me in. Thanks!

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Rachel said...

This book sounds so cool!

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Eternal Night said...

This book sounds great. Thanks for the contest.

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Kassandra

Jill of The O.W.L. said...

So want this one!!!!

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lulilut said...

I love dystopians! Thanks for the giveaway.
I enjoyed reading the interview and I like her answer about traveling and getting to know the people as well but my favorite was her response to the zombie attack kit.
d.septer at insightbb.com

wyantebay said...

thanks for the giveaway...

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GCF wyantebay

minhchieu said...

i really want this one!
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Bwyatt said...

Thanks for the review. I've seen this book around, but I hadn't read anything about it. It sounds great!
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MannaB said...

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!!

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Truly Bookish said...

I have heard really good things about this book, thanks for the giveaway!
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Aydrea said...

This one sounds good, even though I haven't heard that much about it!

Thanks for the giveaway!
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shadow_kohler said...

sounds like a really good book. thank you for the giveaway.
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