Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine.
This week's pick is Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari, coming from Scholastic June 1, 2010.
Summary: A thrilling tale of adventure, romance, and one girl's unyielding courage through the darkest of nightmares.
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. But when she's rescued from a pack of hunting dogs by a mysterious boy named Aidan, she reluctantly realizes she can't continue on her own. She joins his band of survivors, yet, a new danger awaits her: the Sweepers are looking for her. There's something special about Lucy, and they will stop at nothing to have her.
My Thoughts: Post-Apocalyptic dystopian? Yes. Please. I love how completely real this end of the world setting is- how easy to imagine it really happening. The Sweepers concept most definitely piques my interest with how they are pitched in this premise. At first, they seem easy enough and keeping things clean. Then there's something more. From what they are looking for and all about to what's really going on with Lucy to, yes, Aiden (who, by the way, has one of the most swoonworthy names in my opinion), this one definitely seems to have plenty of great elements. The cover is fantastic, too. Very catching and hinting at the nature of the book while still staying mysterious.