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A Brand New Take In The Post-Apocalyptic Genre
on May 21, 2018
I'm going to directly quote Abrahams here because I wanted to point out the exact thing that he's hoping to accomplish with the Alt Apocalypse series:
"It explores survival under the most extreme circumstances, but with a twist (and no cliff-hangers). This series, which can be read in any order, features the same core characters in each complete story. But every book dunks them into a new, alternate apocalypse; a nuclear holocaust, an earthquake, a flood, a wildfire, a hurricane, a plague, and even zombies. " So there you have it - he's going to re-use the cast and characters throwing them into different situations. I love the idea behind this because it will show you that some people are geared to survive one apocalyptic event but not another. I think that this is a unique take on the PA genre and I can't wait to read the other stories he's crafting.
I don't normally stop to highlight a quote in a book while listening to the audio unless it's really quotable or something that stuck out to me. I ended up stopping while reading Ash to highlight four times. One of them was: “this is LA. There are as many hills as there are douchebags.” “Probably more hills,” added Jesse. “A lot of those douchebags are dead.” - I died when reading this line. I don't know why it felt so perfect in this book - definitely my kind of humor.
I'm sure that the ven diagram of pop-punk listeners and post-apocalyptic readers isn't very big but I couldn't get a specific song out of my head the entire time I was reading Ash. Grey by Yellowcard basically the chorus is "It's all gone grey..." and the way that Abrahams wrote Ash - this fits pretty darn well.
So, to quote him again, Ash tells the story of "four college friends, an ex-con, a lonely fry cook, and a secretive group of prepared civilians as they each battle to survive in southern California after a series of nuclear attacks." each one of these groups or single people brought a different side to this story. I think I liked the secretive group and the college kids the most. They were totally different but had me totally enthralled.
Overall, Ash is something that I don't get to write and mean too often. An original post-apocalyptic story. Sure, some of the things in it you can find in other books but I'm looking at the series as a whole. This is something that no one that I know of has done in this genre and I'm excited for things to come. The only reason I considered leaving a less than 5 review was that I have to wait too long for the next book!