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World of Ash (Ash and Ruin Trilogy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Shauna Granger , Cassie Cox , Stephanie Mooney
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Book Description

There are two inherent truths in the world: life as we know it is over, and monsters are real.

The Pestas came in the night, spreading their pox, a deadly plague that decimated the population. Kat, one of the unlucky few who survived, is determined to get to her last living relative and find shelter from the pox that continues to devastate the world. When it mutates and becomes airborne, Kat is desperate to avoid people because staying alone might be her only chance to stay alive.

That is, until she meets Dylan. Dylan, with his easy smile and dark, curly hair, has nowhere to go and no one to live for. He convinces Kat there can be safety in numbers, that they can watch out for each other. So the unlikely couple set off together through the barren wasteland to find a new life – if they can survive the roaming Pestas, bands of wild, gun-toting children, and piles of burning, pox-ridden bodies.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 341 pages
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  • Language: English
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I don't do well talking about myself. So as basics go, I have recently self-published my first book, Earth, a Young Adult Urban Fantasy novel. I plan to release the second book, Air, very shortly. I have been working on the Elemental Series for the last four years and plan for it to be a 5 book series. It was a hard decision to self-publish but it's been an exciting and terrifying ride.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It!! 1 Jan. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 Stars
When the world is over ridden with a virus which The Pestas have brought ( described as old, ugly, pox faced, grim people. They spread the pox through touch), the government try their hardest to contain it. Most everyone over the age of thirty have died from it and there is no cure. The government decide to take the extreme measure of bombing all the cities affected to try and stop it from spreading.

Kats father is the first to contract the pox and once he brings it home its a given that her mum will have it too. Her mum persuades her to go to her Uncles house in Washington. He is self sufficient and is most likely alive. Kat is the kind of girl that all she ever had to worry about was her hair and makeup. Now though she is thrown into a life that is anything but ordinary.

Kat has been walking for hundreds of miles and has thousands still to go. During her travels she has been attacked and beaten and has learned to be wary of everyone. She stumbles across a farmhouse that has its own well and cant believe her luck. While there she finds a dog, Blue, that's malnourished. Luckily the house she is at has tons of food for Blue. She feeds him up and he becomes her friend and protector. She also meets Dylan. He comes to the farmhouse because a doctor used to live there and he hopes the doc can help his friend. He is too late though. Kat is very wary of him and doesn't trust him but she agrees to let him travel with her because he can hotwire a car. What follows next is their journey that's fraught with danger from The Pestas and other survivors!

When I first saw the cover of this I knew straight away Id read it. I adore the Dystopian genre and will pretty much try anything. Well I'm so glad I did.
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4.0 out of 5 stars If Pesta's roamed the world.... A unique dystopian 15 Jan. 2014
By Jamie E. - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book. World of Ash can really make you wonder what life would be like after an apocalyptic plague wipes out a large portion of the population. And what the plague/pox doesn't kill, the military certainly will in order to 'protect' and control the situation.

This is the situation young Kat finds herself in. Her home, L.A., was recently decimated, her family gone and she is alone on the road, traveling by foot toward Washington. This deadly disease is not only deadly but has a magical element it all. It is spread be these creatures called Pestas. The first scene I read that had one of these Pesta's I was holding my breath right along with Kat! Creepy! Scientists have no cure so Kat feels her best chance is to follow her mother's

Most people she comes across are angry,violent or scared and often Dangerous. Lucky for Kat she does come across two companions during her travels. A dog named and a young man named Dylan. Together they set off. Blue is a sweet, protective dog that is so lovable. Dylan is naive but caring and has some good knowledge about cars that helps. Kat is great one minute and annoying the next. She used to be very materialistic with her fancy nails, spa treatments, $300 hair styles, etc. That lifestyle is so far from mine it can be a bit hard to relate to her at times. But she is tough and has learned a lot from the situation so I also give her a lot of credit where it is due.

Biggest disappointment for me was we really don't learn much about the Pesta's. Kat says the are magical. Everyone knows about them. But how they work, where they came from, etc is still very unknown. The magic element simply seems to be they came from nowhere and infect you with the slightest touch. I hope there will be more info in another book that will answer more about there part in the story and continue Kat's journey.When the next book comes out, I will be quick to buy a copy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only rule is survival 18 Dec. 2013
By Courtney Marquez - Published on
As far as dystopian fiction goes, I haven’t read widely. Of course, I’ve read “The Hunger Games.” I also read the first in Veronica Roth’s series, “Divergent.” In those, though, there is still an order to society. There are rules, systems and leadership.

None of these exist in Shauna Granger’s new book, “World of Ash.” The only rule is survival. Before I get ahead of myself, let me offer a short synopsis.

The normal, teenage life Kat knew is no longer a reality. It is the stuff of memory and dreams. Everyone she loved is dead, taken by a fast moving plague and the bombs dropped by her own government in an attempt to contain it. She took to the road north just before Los Angeles was decimated. Now, she’s on the road alone trying to get to the only family she has left, or so she hopes, in Washington. “World of Ash” follows Kat’s harrowing journey through run-ins with gangs of other survivors, lack of food and water, and avoiding the Pesta who brought the plague in the first place. Along the way Kat finds Blue, a dog who becomes her protector, and Dylan, who finds a way into Kat’s heart.

As I read “World of Ash”, there were moments when I thought of classical odyssey stories. Recently, I read a children’s version of Homer’s “The Odyssey” with my son and I couldn’t help but see the parallels with the journey Kat was forced to take. With each mile Kat traveled, I kept wondering whether this would be a moment of idyll like Calypso’s island or if it would be more like the run-in with the Cyclops.

Granger has created a fast-paced book, which keeps you on the edge of your seat, or bed if you read it at night like I did. Tension fills the pages and before you know it, the clock strikes midnight and you really should go to bed so you aren’t a zombie at work the next day.

The book explores how humans might behave when they are faced with simply surviving day-to-day. The world Granger imagines is really one where tragedy enhances people’s personalities. Those who are kind become even more kind. The scared become terrified. The bullies become terrifying. I couldn’t help but imagine how I might behave in such a world. Yet, Kat has no time for philosophical thoughts, let alone arguments. I can sense there are coming storms for Kat and Dylan, which will force them to face them.

It is easy to keep reading, not only because of the action, but also because Granger has written this book with straightforward prose. The style only helps to enhance the stark reality of a world with no rules, no law and no safety.

It was clear “World of Ash” is the start to a new series. There are a few threads left hanging at the end of the book. Kat’s journey is far from over. There is increasing mystery around the Pesta and the government’s response. This reader is eager to dig into the next phase of Kat’s journey.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 11 Dec. 2013
By ysar - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
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I'm not usually one for stories that have anything to do with an apocalypse or its aftermath. They’re too disturbing, too hopeless, and very often so far-fetched that they border on ridiculous. In fact, I’m not even sure why I decided to read this one. But there was just something about it…

Kat is alone in an ugly world. An unstoppable plague has swept the earth, and for the few who are left, it’s every man for himself. What makes this story different is that the plague is not natural, not man-made, and not something the human race could possibly have prepared for. It’s origins are in magic, dark creatures who roam the countryside with a deadly touch. What was once simply lore is now a bleak reality, and as it becomes obvious that there’s no stopping its spread, the government is bombing cities in a futile effort to contain it.

Kat is portrayed beautifully. Having once lived a rather luxurious life, survival is now her only goal, and while she misses her Starbucks, she doesn’t waste her time grieving material losses. When the plague took her father, and her mother was only a day or two from death’s door, Kat struck out on her own at her mother’s urging, determined to get to Washington. That was where she hoped to find an uncle living off the grid and with the means to take her in.

Along the way, she runs into the usual obstacles, other people with their own survival agenda, a government turned against its own people, and of course the constant threat of being found by a Pesta — the plague bringers. She doesn’t luck into any gigantic stores of food, a perfect cabin in the middle of nowhere, or some post-apocalyptic Utopia that strips her of all her worries. But she does come across a boy who, like her, is alone and unprepared for their grim reality.

Dylan is undeniably handsome and altogether decent in a world that is anything but. She tries to turn her back on him, but he persists, convincing her that traveling together is best for them both, and off they start toward Washington. Along with a dog and whatever vehicle they can hotwire, they head north.

The relationship between Kat and Dylan is a subtle climb. They start as unfortunate strangers, begin to depend on each other, and eventually form a very necessary friendship. They fumble their way through decisions and moments of danger, and along with their stray dog Blue, they keep putting one foot in front of the other. The realistic way in which they’re portrayed, a little lost yet determined, is something I rarely see in books of this genre. Of course the line between friends and more begins to blur, but even as they discover their feelings and begin to give in to each other, this is not a romance. It’s a tale of survival of two people who rather fortunately just might be right for each other.

I guess the story had to end at some point, but I was hoping against hope that it wouldn’t, even when I saw I had only a few pages left. It pulled me in, made me believe in the characters, and had me staying up all night just to read what would happen next. But while I hated the realization that I’d read the very last word of the book, the ending gave me some hope that there might be a sequel. If not, someone had better fanfic it! [EDIT: The author has confirmed that this is the first of three books, so YAY!!!]

The Verdict...
Absolutely brilliant. Buy it … borrow it … hell, just get your hands on it and read! It’s a great story with believable characters and an incredible way of drawing you in from the very beginning. It doesn’t shy away from the ugliness that is every man for himself, but it doesn’t hit you over the head with unpalatable violence and gratuitous gore. It is by far one of the best New Adult books I’ve read in years. If you don’t love it… Nope, you’re gonna love it.

*I received this book through YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Clearly I got the best end of the deal!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my normal genre, but awesome nonetheless 4 Dec. 2013
By J. Matthews - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I don’t normally read books like this because I worry that authors aren’t just using their imaginations, but the muses and fates have got together and chosen to give them a seer’s ability to predict the future (or the lack of a future in the case of an apocalypse), but having read Shauna Grangers Elemental Series and enjoying it immensely, I was really looking forward to World of Ash and I wasn’t disappointed!

Our leading lady is Kat, a teenage girl who enjoys morning latte’s and super expensive hair treatments. That is until the Pestas make an appearance. Life drastically changes for everyone as people start to get sick. The government tries to help, but in the end it boils down to survival of the fittest and quickest. We follow Kats journey to find a long lost relative, but in the days to come will she know who to trust and how to protect herself?!
I really enjoyed this book, even though the subject matter makes me uncomfortable. The story flows beautifully between the past and present and I really felt involved with the characters. Granger’s Elemental series is magical and about never ending friendships, where as WOA is more human and focusing at the nitty gritty of human behaviour. I will definitely reread this, but for now I need to watch some Bear Grylls and dust off my camping gear!
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely fantastic and realistic read 29 Jan. 2014
By Book- Marks The Spot - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is my first book by this author, but I will most definitely be checking out her other works. Not only has she written a book with believable and relate-able characters, but she has also managed to create mildly terrifying post apocalyptic world filled with disaster and freakish villains hell- bent on INFECTING THE ENTIRE HUMAN POPULATION WITH A MAGICAL PLAGUE. Yes, you heard me. MAGIC. PLAGUE. I know that some of you who read disaster books and criticize the lack of science are saying, "Pssht. Not reading this book. Next." And that's okay. Because as I have so generously pointed out to you... the book has magic in it. But that does not mean that there is no logic at all. As a matter of fact, our main character is very scientific about her methods of avoiding contracting the plague. (Okay, it is called the Pox in the book, but I refer to it as a plague. It sounds darker my way. Hehe.) I will now direct your attention to the book cover. See, a mask! Which means science and the passage of airborne thing-a-ma-doo-hickeys (okay, pathogens. I'm not that slow) is addressed in the book and is not taken lightly. Which brings me to the point of my random "science" tangent. I think that even if you are not a complete fantasy/sci-fi/ paranormal/supernatural freak like myself, *wiggles eyebrows* you can still enjoy the book! :D Unless you are really anal about it, in which case, I just warned you about the magic and you can leave the book to the fantasy geeks. I will admit that the appearance of the bippity boppity boo aspects threw me off at first, but only for about eight seconds. After those initial few seconds, I was actually MORE excited about reading the book. And read, I did. Four hours and two red, puffy eyes later, I was a very content little bookworm sitting on my couch soaking it all in.

Kat was a fantastic character. She didn't annoy me that much, which is great since the entire book is from her perspective. I really liked her because she was so real. She was a California girl (oh, crap. I hope it was California. I am bad with little details like that.) who loved shopping, primping herself, and cherished spa time with her mom. She is not like so many other lead characters we are getting nowadays who never wear make-up or hair product, but who have gorgeous hair. (I get the appeal to write about that, I do. If reading it would make it true, I would never have to buy frizz- ease again.) However, It is extremely refreshing to read about a girl who had to realign her priorities so majorly after the end of the world hit. She had a real struggle as a spoiled rich kid trying to make it on her own in a rough and dying world where the people are desperate and the food is scarce. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her struggles (Not in a sick way.. I mean.. I just. *sigh* You know what I am trying to say.) and how she overcame them.

Dylan was a nice little addition to the story. He brought a little bit of laughter and fun to the seriousness of Kat's character. Their meeting and her eventual acceptance of his companionship was well played out.

This one character was a delightful addition to the story. (: And I love that the author thought to include something as important as him in the book. That was very thoughtful on the author's part. *nods* Cute. Very cute.

And now.. *drumroll* The villains! As is expected in an end of the world novel, there are both crappy people and wonderful people. And then there are Pestas. O.O Who simultaneously freak me out and intrigue me at the same time. That is all I will say about that. Verdict on villains? *thumbs up* I wanted to punch some in the face and run screaming from others, so, mission accomplished. You, know. If that was your end goal..

Crap, this review is long. Okay, speed round:
Loved the concept
Loved the characters
Bad guys were pretty bad
There were some hot guys (hehe *sigh*)
I laughed a little
I sighed a little
I frowned some
Romance was cute. I assume it will be a bigger aspect in book 2. Looking forward to it.

Did I leave anything out? Hmn... Ooh, ooh! There is this one crazy thing that I cannot wait to learn about! And that, my cyber peeps, is where I shall end this long-a** review.
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