(World of Ash Trilogy, #1)
Release date: December 2, 2013
Publisher: Shauna Granger; 263 pages
There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.
The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.
That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.
I have read a few of Shauna Granger's book in the past, still need to finish that series, but from those books I knew that I loved her writing style and was very excited to read this new book from her. World of Ash is my type of book and I couldn't wait to dive right in.
She did not disappoint with this book. We start out kind of back tracking/flash backing when we meet the main character Kat. Although it doesn't start at the start of the epidemic that seems to wipe out the human race, it flows perfectly and its written very well. It is a different take on the whole end of the world vibe. Pesta are real monster, spreading a deadly pox wiping out human kind. Almost. Those things are just creepy. They do not seem too far fetched, definitely seem like nightmares come to life.
Kat is a awesome character. She goes from I guess you could call her a high maintenance girl, to one who is fighting for her life, and she seemed to make that transition very well. You don't see her dwelling on who she used to be to who she is now. She misses certain things, which is a given, but she knows what she needs to do to survive and does it. I love Kat.
Dylan, I loved him right away. When Kat and Dylan meet, what happens doesn't surprise me, because of how much Kat has changed, but I like how their relationship develops. The stuff they end up going through together, brings them closer, and it brings you closer to the characters and makes you that much more attached to them. There were some very scary scenes in this book, the beach house scene is one. No thanks, lol.
The ending of this book is AWESOME! I was on the edge of my seat just wondering how they were going to get through this mess. I'm very happy that this is a trilogy and CANNOT wait for the next 2 books!! Awesome job!! Buy this book!!!
About the Author
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.
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