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Title: Ashes, Ashes
   Author: Jo Treggiari
   Release Date: June 1st, 2011

     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.

My Stance:

     Ashes, Ashes has been on my list for a long while, and while I have been wanting to go back and pick it up. I was leery on why this was only just a novel and not a series. The potential is there for more, and to make this book drag out, giving the Sweeper a decent and creative backstory and maybe you could do a prequel explaining who the Sweepers are and how they were founded, almost like what Kill Order did for The Maze Runner series. My radar went off, asking why this was so short, did the author get bored? run out of material? I just don't see how this book can only be one novel.

     Now what I do like is the end all has happened and only a few people live. It's not like people were hand picked or that they had some special need to live. However with Lucy there seems to be a reason the Sweepers are after her and frankly there just isn't any clue on who the Sweepers are. I am curious of the Sweepers are the new government, a band/gang of powerful people who are hellbent on surviving and seeking out the best possible solutions. Lucy leaves a lot of doors open, and I am curious to she how the relationship with her and Aidan plays out.
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