Friday, December 23, 2011

Recommendation: 'Ashes, ashes' by Jo Treggiari

Ashes, ashes by Jo Treggiari.

I got a bit confused by this end of the world novel. The adult population around the world dies as a result of the plague. The plague is smallpox. Only pockets of children and old people remain. But also in the novel are floods, droughts, global warming and tsunamis. So there is two end of the world settings. Mmmm.

16-year-old Lucy is living because her parents never inoculated her when she was a baby. Lucy lives in a little shelter she made for herself and gets by by hunting and surviving. She has no contact with other survivors. That is until she is perused by a pack of dogs which are owned by a group of remaining adults. The Sweepers. Lucy is saved by Aidan. Another survivor. Lucy joins Aidan's camp. The Sweepers make raids on Aidan's camp, fighting and taking away survivors. It becomes obvious that the Sweepers are after Lucy, but why? What makes her so special. Lucy and Aidan make a raid into the Sweepers camp to find out the truth.

Ashes, Ashes is a little bit predictable in its plot. I wanted more from this end of the world novel. I know there must be a better end of the world novel out there. Any suggestions?

 - Barry

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