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Dystopic books rule, and this book is the new king of the pile! Alexandra is in the back country to spread her parents’ ashes at a favorite spot, when the world she knows comes to an end. An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) is broadcast across the world, and the consequences are devastating. Alex is witness to the death of 10-year-old Ellie's grandfather. Later, when they are attacked by deranged humans, they are rescued by Tom, and this fledgling "family" must somehow learn to survive on this new and terrible version of Earth. When the three decide to walk out of the woods to find other survivors, the tale becomes even more compelling and fast-paced—and a little creepy. Readers will be clamoring for the sequel.

Margaret Brennan Neville, The King's English Bookshop


It's like the Walking Dead, but in a YA novel! With its surreal details, this book felt like reality. After an electromagnetic pulse hits the United States, the main character, Alex, is forced to fight for her survival, against the 'Changed' and even the living. Headstrong and incredibly brave, Alex has the reader enthralled within the emotional, action driven plot. I can't wait for the sequel!  

Hallie Wilkins, Anderson’s Bookshops Naperville,Il


My copy of Ashes came a few weeks ago, I DEVOURED it!  It was really wonderful, and right up my alley! Loved the twist on dystopian fiction and zombie lore!  I can’t believe how much I loved it, and have told everyone here about it. Thanks so much for thinking of me, and I can’t wait to sell it”     

Ramona Wanless, Square Books, Jr.  Oxford , MS

Ilsa J. Bick is a child psychiatrist, as well as a film scholar, former Air Force major, and now a full-time author. Her critically acclaimed first YA novel, Draw the Dark, won the 2011 Westchester Fiction Award and was named a Bank Street College 2011 Best Book. Ilsa currently lives with her family and several furry creatures in rural Wisconsin, near a Hebrew cemetery.  One thing she loves about the neighbors: they’re very quiet and only come around for sugar once in a blue moon. You can visit her online at

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ISBN: 9781606841754
Availability: Out of Print
Published: Egmontusa - September 6th, 2011