Treggiari’s breathtaking Ashes, Ashes is set in apocalyptic New York City. NYC is demolished after a succession of floods from melting polar ice caps and a series of earthquakes devouring and toppling neighborhoods. Enter sixteen-year-old Lucy Holloway, one of the few survivors of a plague that erupted, annihilating 99% of civilization, including her family.
Lucy has been going it alone for quite some time until she is chased down by a pack of wild dogs and is rescued by Aiden. Lucy realizes she can’t endure it on her own anymore and joins his camp of survivors. Treggiari amps up the creep factor with the introduction of the Sweepers. Sweepers travel throughout the city randomly snatching survivors, but they have set their sights on Lucy. Treggiari does such a brilliant job describing the evil Sweepers, you feel chills run up and down your spine. Treggiari’s characters are compelling, fascinating and an eclectic mix of personalities you are drawn in from each direction as you fight for survival.
Ashes, Ashes is a riveting novel and you may even get a few singe marks from turning the pages. Treggiari’s YA debut is a haunting tale, but the closing would of greatly benefited with a bit more detail as Ashes, Ashes reached its climax. A dollop of intense animation, stirring moments of fright and a bit more acceleration would of heightened it to the theatrical levels she set out with in the beginning and would of definitely won a five star dystopian seal. Therefore, Ashes, Ashes is more futuristic than dystopian due to the fact that the ending needed a bit more snap, crackle and pop. Overall, this is a top-notch, survival story rich with action and suspense, that is not to be missed.