It could happen tomorrow...
An electromagnetic pulse flashes across the sky, destroying every electronic device, wiping out every computerized system, and killing billions.
Alex hiked into the woods to say good-bye to her dead parents and her personal demons. Now desperate to find out what happened after the pulse crushed her to the ground, Alex meets up with Tom—a young soldier—and Ellie, a girl whose grandfather was killed by the EMP.
For this improvised family and the others who are spared, it's now a question of who can be trusted and who is no longer human.
The air was a welter of odors: Ellie's fear; that charry, sweet stench; her own peculiar perfume of sweat and anxiety; and that deadmeat stink that pillowed through the woods like ashy, gray smoke.
Slowly, carefully, Alex dropped to her knees, the cold earth biting through her hiking pants. Ellie didn't move a muscle. Wordlessly, Alex followed the girl's horrified gaze—and then her blood turned to slush.
No, she thought. No, please, God, I'm not seeing this.
"Gripped me from beginning to end—dark, creepy and suspenseful. I loved it." —James Dashner, New York Times Best-Selling author of The Maze Runner
"A haunting and epic story of survival in a shattered world. ASHES is a must read." —Michael Grant, New York Times Best-Selling author of GONE
Author Ilsa J. Bick crafts a terrifying and thrilling novel about a world that could be ours at any moment, where those left standing must learn what it means not just to survive, but to live amidst the devastation.