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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Plague and Pestilence and other Disasters tour (And Contest): Ashes Ashes by Jo Treggiari

Ashes Ashes
by Jo Treggiari
Scholastic Press
ISBN: 978-0-545-25563-9
Suggested Age: 13-17
Release Date: June 1, 2011
Buy from Indigo

Description: 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.

The Good Stuff
  • characters are pretty realistic for a dystopian book
  • Good character development with Lucy. At the beginning I really didn't like her, but she developed and grew and by the end I was cheering for her
  • intriguing secondary characters that I would have liked to have more of
  • Love the cover, would have picked it up for that alone
  • Intriguing and creepy beginning hooks you into the story
  • Fantastic job at setting the mood and the landscape. At times when I stopped reading I became disjointed because I felt so much a part of their world
  • The landscape is almost another character in the story, its almost haunting
  • Story was nice and fast paced and kept you intrigued with what was going to happen next
  • Some nice dry humour
The Not so Good Stuff
  • Needed some more back-story to characters - might have worked better as a trilogy or at least a book 1 and 2 - but hey I'm just being selfish and wanting more
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Instead of globe-eyed aliens or a gigantic meteorite headed straight for Earth, it was the resurgence of a killer disease that had reduced the global population to less than 1 percent of what it had been within three short months. Eating healthy, exercising, living in a big house, driving a fancy car - none of that mattered at all. The pox took almost everybody, and it seemed that people between the ages of thirty and sixty died faster and harder than anyone."

"You're a lot like Del," he said. "Hot-tempered. What's the nice word? Impetuous." His mouth twisted into a wry grin.

"She estimated that she was around Second Avenue and 92nd Street, although acres of road and earth had been shifted in the big quake,the landscape completely reconfigured. Sometimes she thought it looked as if a toddler had built a city out of blocks and then knocked them all down in a rage."

What I Learned

  • Must get me a Survival handbook - or I am a goner if this particular scenario came true
  • Have no urge to ever eat Turtle
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Just sayin, probably not a good one to read after 5 days of continuous rain, it will freak you out (trust me, it was creepy reading it when the weather was so crappy here)
  • This one is pretty intense, not for the sensitive reader
  • Obviously fans of Dystopian fiction will enjoy
4.25 Dewey's

I received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review

Just for fun thought I would give you a list of some excellent survival websites and books (Guys I am a library professional what do you expect)


Wildwood Survival
Survival Expert
Canadian Survival
Popular Mechanics
Government of Canada: Preparedness
Public Safety Canada


Prize: 1 Copy of Ashes, Ashes: Generously donated by Scholastic
Rules: Canada Only - Ends June 21, 2011 Noon est - Must answer comment question with contact email
Question: What would be your own scariest end of world scenario (eg: Killer Virus, Earthquake, Zombies, Forced to listen to only country music)

My Personal end of world scenario would probably be a world where there were no books, tons of bugs, no access to clean bathroom facilities and the world was being run by book-burners

Plague and Pestilence and Other Disasters Tour Stops

Midnight Bloom Reads     June 14th
Lavender Lines Blog         June 15th
21 Pages Blog                  June 16th
Geek Girl's Book Blog     June 16th
The Moody Teenager       June 17th
Dreaming of Books Blog  June 17th
YA Bookshelf                  June 17th
ShelfElf Blog                    June 18th
SMS Reviews Blog          June 19th
Crazy Book Worm           June 19th
In the Next Room             June 20th
Lost in the Library            June 20th
He Followed Me Home   June 20th
Book Madam YA            June 21st

Jo will be also making the following in-person appearances in Nova Scotia:

June 18                         Atlantic Author Day, Woozles, Halifax NS, 11-12pm
June 18                         Atlantic Author Day, Chapters Bayers Lake, Halifax NS, 2-3pm
June 24                         Fables Club, Tatamagouche NS

For More Information on Jo Treggiari


Chapter One of Ashes, Ashes Audiobook on Youtube
Interview with Jo Treggiari on YouTube


  1. I think the worst case scenerio would be a world where there was no access to books and reading was prohibited. I think that would so it for me.


    thanks for the chance to win :)

  2. Zombies. They are relentless and hungry. They are already dead, and every person the kill is recruited to their side.

    THAT is terrifying to me.