Published: June 1, 2011 by Scholastic
A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
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.The world has ended and the survivors have to be able to adapt to their primitive natures to survive the changes. Can you imagine a world without iphones, ipods, television,and video games? Everything has been destroyed and wrecked beyond recognition.Now picture what life will feel like if you were the only survivor in your family. Some people would crack without any reassurance that everything will eventually be back to normal. But there is no normal for Lucy Hollaway. She has managed to survive a year in the Wilds completly isolating herself from other human contact. She is able to find shelter and to keep herself feed and safe. (Turtle soup isn't all that great but it is food.)
On one of her scouting trips a pack of wild dogs almost corners her but Aidan rescues her and distracts the dogs so that she can get away. Later a tsunami forces her to travel to his camp where she tries to reinstate herself into human life and interactions.
Lucy is not just a regular survivor because all of the others have had vaccines to protect themselves. She just had her own amazing immune system. But others want her so that they can create a cure for the mutating plague.
To all readers who enjoy tales of how mankind strives to live after everything is lost then Jo Treggiari's Ashes, Ashes is the book to read.
*reviewed by Shundrika, 15 @ Ouachita Valley Branch