Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Pub. Date: June 1st, 2011
Age Level: 13+
Source: For review from publisher and author.
Synopsis via Goodreads
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.
Lucy; pg. 83
She looked around at the dilapidated buildings, the mountains of pulverized concrete and twisted girders. This may have been a neighborhood before, but now it was just the shell of one. A path, barely discernible, snaked through the rubble, disappearing a dozen yards ahead between remnants of two brownstones, their roofs missing, their foundations sagging so they almost touched at the top. The Hell Gate. The question was, were you entering hell going in or coming out?
Lucy & Aidan; pg 237
"Conner and Scout are collecting wood," Aidan said. "Once dinner is over and the kids go to bed, they'll build up the fire." His voice cracked. "We have gasoline. No cars, but plenty of fuel."
Lucy felt the tears fill her eyes. She knew that was the way of it, but it filled her with horror. It brought back memories of the mattresses piled in the treelined street she had grown up on. She remembered the roar of orange flames and the surprising stink of burning fibers. The billowing black clouds that obliterated the sky like an eclipse.
I hope you all enjoyed those two passages. Okay I know, they're kinda depressing but I thought they were great examples of the the quality of Treggiari's writing. :D
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