Ashes, Ashes

Jo Treggiari's young adult novel is about a romance in a post-apocalyptic New York City.

Jo Treggiari

New York City is all but destroyed. Waves upon waves of natural disasters and epidemics have wiped out 99% of the population — but 16-year-old Lucy Holloway survived. As the Sweepers gather the dead off the streets and the weather rages, Lucy hides out in a cave in Central Park. One day, as she's almost hunted down by a pack of dogs, another survivor appears: Aidan. He invites Lucy to join him at his small camp of refugees. But even in her new community, Lucy is not safe. The Sweepers are looking for her, and she must figure out why. 

Ashes, Ashes is for readers ages 13 and up.

From the book

The memories she tried to preserve were of her life before the plague descended, and in her mind it was like those times were lit by a gentler sun, all Technicolor blurry and beautiful. She remembered the smallest things: her mother's buttermilk pancakes and homemade blackberry jam, the smell of fabric softener, the feel of socks without holes. Now, looking at her grimy fingernails and dirt-encrusted skin, she was amazed at how much she had changed. How things like homework, a daily shower, and a hot breakfast on the table seemed so unimaginable to her now.

From Ashes, Ashes by Jo Treggiari ©2011. Published by Scholastic Books.