Ashes, Ashes was an enjoyable read. It’s a teen ‘Year of the Flood’. The world has been torn by global warming and plague only a handful of people have survived. One of them is Lucy. She is surviving on her own living in the remains of Central Park. Her life is hard. She is dirty, hungry and tired. She has to be on the look out for vicious dogs, S’ans and the Sweepers. She has a tent, a backpack, a hunting knife, survival book and a yearbook from her last year at school. She is driven from her base camp by a tsunami and from there finds a band of survivors. Should she join them?
Lucy is an enjoyable character and I’m a sucker for the romantic triangle which proceeds when she arrives at the camp. The cover is a mis-representation of Lucy, who is a grittier, dirtier and more ragged heroine.
A number of pieces from the Ashes, Ashes puzzle get left on the floor as the story proceeds. Enough of them have been left there, that I finished the book hoping for a sequel.
Is this one worth reading? If you read quickly and don’t mind things feeling half-done when you’re finished, go for it. If you read slowly and want things to tie up when you are finished, try something else.