Monday, December 9, 2013

World of Ash Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Welcome to the World of Ash Blog Tour! Today I have a review and tour-wide giveaway. There is so much stuff going on with this tour, so make sure to check out the whole schedule by clicking on the banner above. 

About the Book
Title: World of Ash
Author: Shauna Granger
Publication Date: December 2, 2013
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.
About the Author
Like so many other writers, Shauna grew up as an avid reader, but it was in high school that she realized she
wanted to be a writer. Five years ago, Shauna started work on her Elemental Series. She released the first installment, Earth, on May 1, 2011 and has since released four sequels, with the series coming to an end with Spirit. She is currently hard at work on a new Urban Fantasy series, staring a spunky witch with a smush-faced cat named Artemis.

My Review of World of Ash
In World of Ash the world has been lost to a highly contagious plague which wiped out most of the population. While it could have been a normal plague, it was not, the Pestas caused the pox. Dark shrouded figures that spread the deadly mutated form of small pox through touch. Shortly after that, it became airborne, and the government started bombing highly infected cities. With the structure gone, pox everywhere, and people turning on people, it is a very dangerous world to try to survive.

Kat barely escaped Los Angeles before it was wiped out by containment bombs. On her own for six months, her only goal is to survive and to try to make it to Washington. When Dylan stumbled upon her, she goes against every instinct not to trust people and allows him to accompany her on her journey to her Uncle’s house. Dylan having lost everything and everyone is just grateful not to be alone.

Before the pox, all Kat cared about was her appearance, morning latte, and her boyfriend. Now she only cares about food, water, and safe shelter away from other people. This has made her tougher, and a survivor. This change is one of the reasons I like her as a character. Instead of just giving up, she pushes forward and fights to live. The biggest reason I liked her as a character is that when everyone else is giving up their humanity for survival, Kat still cares even if she thinks or act like she does not. Dylan has been sheltered from most of the atrocities and he is a bit naïve about the way the world is now. With his innocence, he is a great balance for Kat.

The World of Ash is a fantastic addition to the post-apocalyptic genre. I enjoyed every moment of the novel, and I am curious to see what Kat and Dylan’s story holds next. I am also dying for more information about the Pestas, and why the pox started in the first place. I am really hoping for another book to add more to the story. I will defiantly be looking out for another installment.

**Unabridged Bookshelf received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review** 

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