Ashes by Ilsa J. Bick is a book one should think very carefully about beginning. After all, finding time to read a 465 page book without stopping might be difficult.
But it's guaranteed to be worth your while. Absolutely.
During the first chapter, the reader is grabbed by the neck and shoved face-first into the horrifying, desperate future after a world-wide disaster. Alex leaves her home on the North Shore of Chicago, Illinois, and journeys to the Waucamaw Wilderness in Michigan (the west part above Wisconsin).
After a phone conversation with her aunt, who has been her guardian since the death of both her parents, Alex hangs up the phone. And the first chapter ends with the words:
"And they never spoke to each other again."
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