Ashes written by Kathryn Lasky was placed back in the early 1930's and Gaby the main character grew up in the era of Hitler. She grew up with people who struggled their whole lives and just needed a way out. Her family's maid was one of them, she thought Hitler would improve her world of struggle and heartache. This book is an amazing book that captures the subtleties of life and it places you in some of the characters' shoes. It is an enlightenment to read, it has inspirational quotes at the beginning of each chapter, and it consists of historical figures.
Ashes, by Ilsa J. Bick, is a story about choosing you own path. The main character, Alex, a seventeen year old with an incurable brain tumor, runs to woods to find what she's going to do with her life, only to have the question thrown back at her in several ways. When an electromagnetic "Zap" kills most of the world, making the survivors either helpless, a zombie, or heightened with new abilities, Alex faces the question around every corner, and makes a few friends along the way. Ashes is a thrilling Disaster/Apocalypse themed book that will leave you anxious for the next book in the series.
The novel Hate List by Jennifer Brown is an interesting book about Valerie Leftman and how she is dealing with school after the school shooting. Valerie also has to learn to live with the memories and consequences of that day especially because her boyfriend was the shooter. Plus she was the one who started the Hate List; the list of people who her boyfriend planned to shoot until he killed himself. This novel is definitely a must-read! Recommended for teens and young adults.