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'Ashes, Ashes' is adventurous, exciting

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- It seems like everyone is interested in how the world could end and what might happen after it does. For instance, what if New York City were almost completely destroyed, leaving it unlike anything you have ever imagined? "Ashes, Ashes" by Jo Treggiari is about just that.

Treggiari has created a gripping novel set in a post-apocalyptic world brought about by a plague that has in turn brought floods, earthquakes and droughts with it. She uses imagery to really makes the book come alive through the characters' thoughts and feelings. You can almost feel the terror that the characters feel during some of the scenes.

Speaking of the characters, they are intelligent and capable of surviving in their world under the circumstances. You will instantly fall in love with Lucy, the main character. She is tough, courageous and knows what needs to be done in order to save herself and her friends from the dangers of their new world, including a group of people called Sweepers.

The mystery surrounding Lucy and her life create a novel worth reading anyway, but when you throw in the fact that she is living in a New York City that has become wild and full of terrible dangers that are much worse than our current crimes, it becomes even more interesting.

Lucy has such courage in the face of so many dangers and sorrows that she is a character to be admired. Treggiari did an amazing job creating her. Lucy is just a normal girl, through, which makes it that much easier to place yourself in her shoes.

The plot is original and compelling, and it's like no other book of its kind. There is action, adventure, a little mystery and some romance, too. Treggiari is able to put all those genres together into an excellent book that is exciting and suspenseful.

I loved the bits of humor, the worry you feel for the characters and the climactic scenes. It was a book I just couldn't put down after I started the very first page.

Even the cover jumps out at you and begs for the book to be read. How could you not read a book with a flooded, crumbling city on the cover? You almost have to, just out of curiosity. Once you started reading the first sentence, you will be hooked immediately. I absolutely loved this book, and whenever it comes out, I plan to read "Pocketful of Posies," the prequel that Jo Treggiari has begun writing to go along with it. I recommend "Ashes, Ashes" to anyone who likes a good read.


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