ASHES Trilogy reading information (Ilsa Bick)

The dystopia ASHES caught the imagination of many YA readers as Ilsa Bick brought Alex, Tom, and Ellie to life.  I know the intense, nonstop action had me turning pages until late at night.  

*This series becomes increasingly violent as it proceeds.  The first book, ASHES, would be suitable for most readers.  By the time we get to volume 3 there is a great deal of violence, sexual situations, and profanity.  I would say that MONSTERS is not suitable for most  middle-graders.  The plot is very complicated and the violence is very graphic and intense.

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bookcover of ASHES by Ilsa Bick ASHES
(Ashes Trilogy #1)

Audie Award Nominee for Solo Narration -- Female (2012)
ALA Teens' Top Ten Nominee (2012),

3.94 avg rating — 10,907 ratings

Alex has a brain tumor and she's tired of chemo and the constant day to day struggle to stay positive.  When she hikes into the woods alone it's to consider what her next step should be.  What she doesn't imagine is that it's all going to be taken out of her hands when a huge series of huge electromagnetic pulses blast the United States.

These flashes destroy more than every piece of technology the world.  They do something strange to almost every human being.  Some people it kills outright.  Others it alters their minds so that they can think of nothing better than to chow-down on the next person they meet.

Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.  Together they try to survive.  Violence.

Reading Information:
Word Count: 104,605
Page Count: 496
Accelerated Reading level: 5.0 / points: 16.0
AR quiz: 146122
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bookcover of SHADOWS (Ashes Trilogy #2) by Ilsa Bick SHADOWS

3.71 avg rating — 3,409 ratings

In SHADOWS there are a number of changes.  We get the story from multiple Points of View, and the tone changes as Alex finds the strange community of Rule, where safety is an illusion.

Word Count: 119,220
Page Count: 528
Accelerated Reading level: 4.9 / points: 18.0
AR quiz: 154948
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(Ashes #3)

3.78 avg rating — 329 ratings

MONSTERS is the exciting finale of Bick's ASHES Trilogy.

Alex finds that The Changed are still changing.  And all the different plot strings come together, as some characters are reunited, while others die.  Graphic Violence, profanity.

Word Count: 197,073
Page Count: 688
Accelerated Reader: 5.2 / points: 30.0
AR quiz: 161577
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updated June 2014