Book Review: Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari

RATING: StarStarStar

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.



Ashes, Ashes transported me into a future that is very likely to happen. Environmental catastrophes and epidemics brought humankind back to basics: no electricity, no medicines, no shelter. For the desperation Treggiari instilled in me while walking inside her post-apocalyptic world, I give Ashes, Ashes a 4. For failure to deliver and fully resolve the conflict, I give it a 3.

Lucy is capable of surviving by herself. Her constant enemies are enormous rainshowers, lengthened drought, food, and shelter scarcity. I like it that she has this survival manual (where she got help the most) and a dilapidating yearbook (which reminds her of the life before). I found it interesting that Lucy prefer being alone than join the other survivors. She says by being alone she has a better chance of surviving. It was strange that while Lucy knows how to take care of her everyday needs, she has no idea how to fight. I find that a little disturbing because she needs to be able to defend herself from Scavengers, S’ans, Sweepers, and those ferocious dogs, right? She could’ve have been a formidable heroine if she can fight. I almost admired Del for her impressive fighting skills over Lucy, but no – Del is the girl you would love to hate, and hate her, I did. Aidan is more like a secondary character than the male lead. He’s likeable enough but I found myself liking Sam and Henry more. Aidan just isn’t memorable, I think.

Cheeky romance, check. Action scenes, little check. Post-apocalyptic feel, double check.

I enjoyed Ashes, Ashes despite the lack of concrete ending I expect from a post-apocalyptic book. A little short on twists and a tad bit predictable, read Ashes, Ashes only if you want to be immersed in a future with erratic weathers, insistent plagues, roads full of crevices and taking a bath even once a week is such a privilege. Imagine that!

#16 Off-the-Shelf Reading Challenge 2011



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”