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Ashes, ashes
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2011
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  Library Journal Review

Global warming finally has melted the polar ice caps, causing society to collapse as floods, droughts, and smallpox epidemics kill nearly everyone. Lucy is an anomaly, surviving the disasters that took her family, friends, and neighbors. At 16, she's already subsisted on her own for three years. But now a pack of wild dogs is closing in, until Aidan, a mysterious young boy, rescues Lucy and asks her to join his band of survivors. Danger remains as scary survivors known as the Sweepers descend on the camp, also trying to capture Lucy. This is an entertaining, if a bit predictable, young adult story that contrasts the strength of individual courage with the value of working in a group, all against the backdrop of this apocalypse. Cassandra Campbell provides capable narration. Recommended primarily for YA audiences.-Gloria Maxwell, Metropolitan Community Coll.-Penn Valley Lib., Kansas City, MO (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Booklist Review

Fifteen-year-old Lucy, orphaned by the plague, lives alone in a bramble-protected, rough camp in postapocalyptic Manhattan until she is rescued from a wild dog attack by Aidan, who reminds her what it is like to be around people. After a tsunami obliterates her camp, Lucy finds Aidan and his group of survivors just in time for hazmat-suited Sweepers to abduct several members of the group. The Sweepers eventually get Lucy and Aidan, and it appears that Lucy's blood may be the start of an antidote for the plague whether she is alive to give it or not. Strongly reminiscent of Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (1987) and Will Weaver's Memory Boy (2001) but with a female protagonist and urban setting, the focus here is on action rather than introspection. Treggiari's writing is smooth and even vivid at times the turtle-soup-preparation scene may make some folks a little queasy but it isn't gratuitous. Meshed well into the main narrative are well-incorporated subplots about the acceptance of difference (of folks who were ravaged by the plague), romance, and loyalty.--Welch, Cind. Copyright 2010 Booklist
Summary
An unbelievable tale of adventure and romance, in the face of the darkest of nightmares. <p>Smallpox epidemics, floods, droughts - for sixteen-year-old Lucy, the end of the world came and went, taking 99% of the population with it. As the weather continues to rage out of control, and Sweepers clean the streets of plague victims, Lucy survives alone in the wilds of Central Park, hunting and foraging for food. But when she is rescued from a vicious pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she cannot continue on her own. She joins Aidan's band of survivors, yet a new danger awaits her: The Sweepers are looking for her, and they've laid a trap. There's something special about Lucy, and the Sweepers will stop at nothing to have her in their clutches.</p>
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