Ashes, Ashes by Jo TreggiariAshes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, Ashes

byJo Treggiari

Paperback | January 1, 2013

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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.

Jo Treggiari was born in London, England, and raised in Ottawa, Ontario. Her first attempts at writing were when she started revising classic fairy tales at age eight. Jo spent several years in San Francisco, where she trained as a boxer, wrote for punk magazines, and owned her own record label. She now lives in Nova Scotia, and still ...
Title:Ashes, AshesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:352 pages, 7.99 × 5.26 × 0.66 inPublished:January 1, 2013Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Meh I had high expectations with this book but sadly it was boring:(
Date published: 2017-05-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Underwhelming... The world building and the idea is great but not well put out... I was disappointed with this book...
Date published: 2017-04-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Good The first third was kind of boring, the middle was overdone, and the ending wasn't good. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love this! The setting was really interesting and I really enjoyed it. The romance was really cute :)
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ashes ashes Amazing. Sucked me in straight up. Different view of end of the world and captures you. Loved it!!!!
Date published: 2015-06-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Goood job ThiS book story is good it just you need more ation and the enddin could have been better but all in all i love it
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Short but sweet. Really enjoyed the characters and setting
Date published: 2014-02-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from There's better... One of the many dystopias that’s on the shelves, one that I decided to pick up because the plot itself looked and sounded interesting. For the most part it was. Albeit, the pace itself of the story was a bit slow. The setting itself isn’t so bad, Lucy herself is a survivor and knows how to live on her own - something I liked in her because sometimes the mopey heroines just don’t quite cut it in this type of setting. What I found amusing was despite how the world was, with everything totally upside down, teenagers will always act like teenagers. The petty bickering between Lucy, Del, and Aidan was out of place, but it also shows they’re still normal teenagers despite the circumstances. That was interesting to see, because it gives them a more ‘human’ feel instead of just standard characters on paper. There were a couple of things with the book that didn’t sit well with me. There were just so many unanswered questions! and I’m not sure there’s even going to be sequel? (if there is correct me if I’m wrong). You’re left with a “now what?” feeling at the end of the book. Besides the list of unanswered questions, the chemistry between Lucy and Aidan was just not there. I didn’t seem to really get a feel for both of them and they didn’t seem to go along well together. Some couples just...don’t mix well. It’s not the best read out there, but certainly worth a look see. I’d say take it or leave it. There’s much better, but there’s also a lot worse.
Date published: 2013-10-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Ashes, Ashes was a really good book. Most books about the end of the world are focused on what is happening to the world, not how humans survive. Jo Treggiari takes on a whole new point of view about living on your own. The characters in this book are loveable and intriguing. I have to say that it's the writing style that makes me only give it 4/5 stars. Jo definitely allows readers to connect with the characters, and, with an amazing plot and unexpected events, really, where could she go wrong? I didn't like how she told the book from the characters point of views. When reading a book, normally I can picture the scene in my head, but it was the opposite for this book. Don't get me wrong, this book was amazing, and I really connected with all the characters. Ashes, Ashes also raised a lot of questions that you think about throughout this book. These questions are about man kind, and about how you would react if such a situation occurred. But, honestly, I would recommend this book for people, like me, who like action, adventure, twists and turns, and romance.
Date published: 2012-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Blowing. When I first saw this book I thought it sounded awesome and I couldn't wait to read it! I loved the suspence thoughout the book and how everything had a different way of being described. I loved the characters and the ups and downs of the story. The Settings were good and the plot was just amazing! I loved how the story played out and how everything about the plot was striking! The only thing I would have like to read more of was some more romance between some of the characters. But evern without that it was still really good. :D
Date published: 2012-04-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lulls in the middle This and other reviews can be found on Cover Impressions: This cover screams Dystopia. The ruined buildings and rising waters do an excellent job of introducing the reader to the ruined world that Jo Treggiari has created for her characters. I was a little disappointed at the portrayal of Lucy. Another version of this cover showed her in the hoodie and leather jacket that she wears for most of the novel and I much prefer that to the pristine white tank top that she dons in this version. I also wish that the cover model had Lucy's curly, unruly hair rather than the slightly wavy hair that is featured. For all the complaining that Lucy does about her hair, I would think it is an important feature. The Gist: Lucy is struggling to survive the post-apocalyptic world. Plague, floods and droughts have ravaged the human population and taken away everyone that Lucy loves. On the run for her life, she encounters the mysterious Aiden and is forced to consider whether or not she is willing to open her life to another human being. Forced from her makeshift home, Lucy is sent on the run and discovers that the threat from the Sweepers scouring the land is more real to her than she ever imagined. Review: Ashes, Ashes presents a wonderfully terrifying wilderness where dangers lurk around every corner. Here we meet Lucy, a typical American teenager, struggling to survive with her meager supplies and the skills she has gleaned from a survival handbook. I was behind Lucy 100% and watched with fascination as she went about her daily routine to find food, maintain her shelter and stay warm enough in order to wake up and do it all over again. When she encounters Aiden, the first human being she has seen in months, we see the first tendrils of a crush wrap themselves around Lucy's heart. However, our little survivalist will not let these new-found emotions distract her from the task of living. This is a dystopian adventure with just a smattering of romance and this fact keeps it appropriate for a young audience and allows it to appeal to teen boys as well. The characters are real and relatable. I found the camp life to be interesting and loved the no-nonsense approach of Grammalie Rose. Here we get to learn about the Sa'an or plague survivors who remain marked and social pariahs. There was a considerable amount of time spend here developing the world building aspect of the novel, which would have been understandable if this were the first in a series, but to my knowledge, this is a stand-alone. As it was, these sections slowed down the action and dampened the sense of urgency that our time alone with Lucy had created. We learn about the threat to the remaining humans fairly early on, however, it takes a great deal of time for the characters to decide to do something about it. Once action has been decided upon, things happen almost entirely too quickly and then suddenly slow to a near stop. This is where the novel started to fall apart for me. The pacing seemed off and the reactions of the characters were questionable. The fight scenes were extremely odd, with moments of action followed by moments of standing around - talking or preparing - then back to action, over and over again. In the end, I was left with more questions than answers and was, ultimately, unsatisfied. Jo Treggiari's world building is spot-on. She creates a realistic and terrifying world and a group of people willing to face it head on. While the plot fell apart for me, I do believe it will appeal to fans of post-apocalyptic novels. Teaching/Parental Notes: Age: 12 and up Gender: Either Sex: None Violence: Plague, Dog Attacks, Stun Guns, Knifeplay Inappropriate Language: None Substance Abuse: None
Date published: 2012-04-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ring Around the Roses. I'm not gonna rip this book apart or wasn't bad. I loved the whole idea of a plague destroying 99% of the population. It was crazy. It was neat that Lucy was living by herself and surviving on her own. I like that she was strong and able to deal with the craziness of the world. I didn't give this book a 5 out of 5 because I wanted more Lucy and Aiden interaction. I guess I wished there was more focus on their relationship rather than the epidemic and sweepers. I also felt that the ending was abrupt and kind of thrown together. It was anticlimactic and honestly kind of....lame. Considering the world that they're living in and the circumstances, Treggriari could have come up with something that projected what's to come in the future and given us more of a glimpse of what's to come. Random: -Neat cover. I like the destruction of New York and the silhouette of Aiden and Lucy. -The book opens with the classic childhood nursery rhyme "Ring Around the Roses" which is about the plague. I thought that was awesome and kind of eerie too. I like how Treggiari tied the title to that.
Date published: 2011-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Book with a Great Setting! First of all, props to the creator of the cover! It's the coolest dystopian jacket design I have ever seen. It was so amazing that it caused me to have REALLY high expectations for this book, and maybe that wasn't such a good thing. What really shined for me in this book was the setting. The descriptions and explanations of this dystopian world were incredible. They were in depth and very well written. It's what made this book feel so realistic, I felt as though I saw the world with my own eyes, and it made for a really cool experience. However, what didn't really shine for me was the plot and the romance. The plot that was incorporated with the setting didn't really wow me. It just went along and I didn't find myself REALLY enjoying it. It didn't live up to the awesomeness of the setting in my opinion, I don't know, I just had really high expectations. Oh, and the romance. THE ROMANCE. It was just weird. I didn't like it. I wouldn't even call it romance, so what was it? I didn't feel anything from it whatsoever. The characters were good. I liked them, but I can't say I loved them. I think I respected them more than anything, but I felt that missing connection that a reader is supposed to have with the characters. I wanted the feeling where you want to jump into their world and be with them or help them, but it just wasn't there. Ashes, Ashes takes place in a VERY dystopian New York City. 99% of the population is gone. It's a brutal world where floods, droughts, hurricanes and a terrible epidemic has done it's toll on the world. Very few have survived, and those who did are barely hanging on. Our main character is Lucy. The end of the world came and went, taking everyone she loved. Now, she lives alone in Central Park where she hunts and forages for food. Meanwhile, she must beware the potential attack of scavengers and thieves. The world is at it's worse, and Lucy struggles to survive with the little she has left. Lucy has been independent for a long time, but she doesn't know if that can remain the same when viscous hounds start hunting her down. Their presence is a threat to Lucy and her survival. It get's to a point where they get so close, that she is swept to safety by a boy named Aidan. The world Lucy made for herself is destroyed, and luckily, Aidan is there to show her his. Aidan has been living is a separate camp where he has made many friends. Lucy meets his people, but new dangers await her. An army of sweepers aren't giving up and decide to terrorize the camp and cart of the people they infected. Lucy has to decide who to trust and figure out how to save Aidan's friends. In this dystopian New York dangers await in everywhere, and Lucy learns that she will soon be threatened by them. There is a trap laid out for her because she's different and the sweepers want her. Overall, I liked this book but I really would have liked to love it. I did enjoy it though, and I just might pick up the sequel if Treggiari does end up writing one! 3.5/5 2011-030
Date published: 2011-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Topical Post Apocolyptic This was an intersting book, the premise is topical - a dystopian future based on global environmental crisis such as earthquakes, floods, tsunami and disease. This is global warming taken to the extreme, but there is a certain plausibility here and it drew me in. Ashes, Ashes begins with sixteen year old Lucy surviving alone in Central Park in a dystopian future. This horrifying scenerio with its heronine bent on survival drew me in right away. Lucy is strong, and not accidentally strong, she has to work at it and she sometimes makes mistakes, but she soldiers on and does what she needs to survive. I love strong female characters, ones who know how to take care of themselves and don't save the day accidentally with some skill or power that they don't quite understand. Lucy is not like this. She wants to live, figures out how to hide herself away from the Sweepers (who pick people up and they are never heard from again) and how to hunt and gather food. She uses her knife, makes herself a spear and gets on with things. Most of the other characters in the book were not as well developed. Aidan is fun and a bit mysterious, the obvious love interest, and there are some great turns in his characterization. Grammalie Rose, the matriarch who oversees everything, is a good addition and helps to round out the story. Henry and Del and many of the others are good, but are a bit stereotypical. The rivalry between Lucy and Del is shallow. After Lucy goes to live in the community, things change and the story becomes more about avoiding and fighting the Sweepers and for Lucy to figure out what is so special about her - why do the Sweepers want her so badly. Here there is more adventure and less survival, as well as the crazy love triangle (which involves 5 people). For the most part, I did enjoy Treggiari's writing, but there were times that I felt it was unnecessarily overly detailed. Perhaps this was done to build tension, but I found it a bit tedious. Thankfully, this only happened in a few places and not in the whole book. Overall, I did enjoy this book and found it to be a quick read. Those who like young adult dystopian novels will probably enjoy this one too. There is a good amount of tension and excitement, some fun twists in the story, and some good social commentary.
Date published: 2011-09-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Couldn't Get Into It I usually love this type of book. But I couldn't get into this one. Granted, I gave up at around page 70, so it might have gotten much better. I just thought the description and writing style was a little tedious.
Date published: 2011-08-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty awesome :) I highly enjoyed this book. In a way, its like The Hunger Games, with the theme of survival, but its so unique at the same time. This would be another book that people would want to see as a movie, but probably wouldnt be made into one because itd be extremely hard. So, i really liked reading this book, its got a bit of everything and i think its good for teen readers. The way it was written was very well, along with the plot, storyline, and characters. I seriously recommend you read this book, but when you do, just make sure that your mind doesnt wander, or else you might miss somethinhg. This book isnt slow, its perfectly paced, but every now and then there might be something thats just not as quick paced as some other scenes, but i warned you. So please, please read this book.
Date published: 2011-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A post-apocalyptic thrill ride of a read In Ashes, Ashes the world has been hit with a series of natural disasters including drought, floods, wild weather and the most crippling of all a plague that has killed 99% of the human population. Lucy, a survivor, lost her entire family to the plague and now lives alone in the wilds of New York trying her best to survive day to day. Lucy is pretty tough chick. Whereas other survivors have banded together and have formed little communities, she has spent the last year alone and out in the wild, managing to survive with lots of hard work and perseverance. Lucy meets Aiden when she is attacked by a pack of dogs and he manages to save her. Aiden lives with a group of survivors on an island across from Central Park and is impressed by what Lucy has managed all by herself. Due to an unforeseen circumstance, Lucy seeks out Aiden's camp and ends up joining them. Seeing what the world has become with is changing landscape, crumbling buildings yet in the face of all this destruction people still manage to find ways to survive. Its both terrible yet extremely hopeful. Ashes, Ashes ends on a satisfying note for both Lucy and Aiden yet leaves enough promise for either a sequel or companion book. I'm really hoping that there might be one as there's still so much the world that has yet been explored.
Date published: 2011-07-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Exciting Post-Apocalyptic Novel! I've been so excited to read Ashes, Ashes for quite some time now and it didn't come as any surprise when I found myself easily immersed within the pages as soon as I had a copy of the novel in my hands. Bound inside the jaw-dropping awesomeness that is the cover, Ashes, Ashes is a suspenseful tale full of plenty of action and a dash of romance as it plays out just like a movie right inside your head! Jo Treggiari has done a wonderful job creating a vivid setting that easily describes the destruction and drastic state much of the landscape has fallen into as Lucy does her best to survive in a post-apocalyptic New York. In some ways, Lucy's lack of knowledge limits the reader at first because while we're brimming with questions, we only get the answers that Lucy knows from her own understanding and personal experience. As the novel progressed though, just like Lucy, we got the chance to learn more and more about the fate of our world in more of a wider scope since climate change and a fatal plague took its toll. Lucy definitely has my admiration. She went from being a clumsy, quiet girl who lingered in the shadows as her two siblings shined in the spotlight to being the lone survivor in her entire family. Almost before her very eyes, she has watched the world change for the worse and has had to adapt in whatever way she could. She may possess a certain drive and instinct to do whatever is necessary to live, but at the same time, neither does she ever lose her compassion. The romance that unfolds between Lucy and Aidan is sweet and unhurried, which gave the two characters more time to learn more about one another before they started to profess their feelings. What's interesting about Ashes, Ashes is that the natural disasters which have wreaked havoc on the society are very recent. In the growing number of YA dystopian novels these days, we learn of a society with their own set of laws and rules already implemented for their citizens to follow. However, in Ashes, Ashes, the much smaller populace is only beginning to show the makings of a dystopian one as the Sweepers constantly scour and search to bring people to the Compound, a hospital that has always unsettled Lucy. I'm really hoping there were will be a sequel to Lucy and Aidan's story, but I wouldn't deny the opportunity to read a companion novel set in the same world either. I really do feel that there is still potential for more heart-pounding events to occur! Without a doubt, Ashes, Ashes is an exciting, action-packed tale that will leave you as breathless as its cover! You can also read this review at:
Date published: 2011-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fabulous Canadian Dystopian YA The Good Stuff * characters are pretty realistic for a dystopian book * Good character development with Lucy. At the beginning I really didn't like her, but she developed and grew and by the end I was cheering for her * intriguing secondary characters that I would have liked to have more of * Love the cover, would have picked it up for that alone * Intriguing and creepy beginning hooks you into the story * Fantastic job at setting the mood and the landscape. At times when I stopped reading I became disjointed because I felt so much a part of their world * The landscape is almost another character in the story, its almost haunting * Story was nice and fast paced and kept you intrigued with what was going to happen next * Some nice dry humour The Not so Good Stuff * Needed some more back-story to characters - might have worked better as a trilogy or at least a book 1 and 2 - but hey I'm just being selfish and wanting more * OK this one is being really picky but major error when she first meets Aidan - all of a sudden she knows his name and he never mentions it (went back and reread the pages to make sure I hadn't skipped something) Favorite Quotes/Passages "Instead of globe-eyed aliens or a gigantic meteorite headed straight for Earth, it was the resurgence of a killer disease that had reduced the global population to less than 1 percent of what it had been within three short months. Eating healthy, exercising, living in a big house, driving a fancy car - none of that mattered at all. The pox took almost everybody, and it seemed that people between the ages of thirty and sixty died faster and harder than anyone." "You're a lot like Del," he said. "Hot-tempered. What's the nice word? Impetuous." His mouth twisted into a wry grin. "She estimated that she was around Second Avenue and 92nd Street, although acres of road and earth had been shifted in the big quake,the landscape completely reconfigured. Sometimes she thought it looked as if a toddler had built a city out of blocks and then knocked them all down in a rage." What I Learned * Must get me a Survival handbook - or I am a goner if this particular scenario came true * Have no urge to ever eat Turtle Who should/shouldn't read * Just sayin, probably not a good one to read after 5 days of continuous rain, it will freak you out (trust me, it was creepy reading it when the weather was so crappy here) * This one is pretty intense, not for the sensitive reader * Obviously fans of Dystopian fiction will enjoy 4 Dewey's I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review
Date published: 2011-06-14

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Ashes, Ashes:Nominee, OLA White Pine Fiction Award, 2012Nominee, Snow Willow Award, 2012"The tense plot, cinematic moments, and highly capable protagonists make this a fast, gripping read." -Publishers Weekly*"There is something here for just about everyone - romance, survival drama, action, mystery. Ashes, Ashes is a treat." -Quill & Quire, starred review"This book is vivid and taut, a grim portrait of our world as it could so easily be in a not-too-difficult-to-imagine future... Urgent and intense, it is an arresting tale." -Atlantic Books Today"Treggiari delivers a hard-hitting YA novel that will appeal to a wide variety of readers. Drawing on pop culture and logical details about disasters, the author goes above and beyond the reader's expectations and is sure to win dedicated fans." -Canadian Children's Book News"Treggiari rebuilds Lucy's world vividly... There is romance, survival, thrills, suspense and plot twists. Treggiari has left something for everyone. Highly recommended for all young adult audiences." -Resource Links"Rich backstory aligns readers with Lucy while the vivid post-apocalyptic New York setting draws them along." -The Horn Book