Ashes of Twilight
Release Date: November 13, 2012
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Source: Finished copy from the San Francisco Book Review
Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal blood line of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly 200 years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out. Plus there are those who wonder, is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire? When one of Wren's friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting. “The sky is blue.” What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence.
Ashes of Twilight by Kassy Tayler was one of the best Dystopian books that I have read in a long time! I’m really glad I found this book in the shelves over at the Book Review because this one would have completely passed under my radar otherwise. I had never even heard of this book before that, for which I’m really sad. There should have been a lot more pre pub noise for this one! Also the cover isn't one to catch the eye but, this is one of those books where I say ignore the cover and read it!
One of the things I loved about Ashes of Twilight was it reminded me a bit of the movie City of Ember. I haven’t read the book but I loved the movie. So take the cool underground aspects of Ember and add them into Ashes with a Young Adult cast of characters, a love story that was beautifully written, and the mystery of what is really outside and wow! This story just blew my mind! I am also dying to get my hands on the next book in the series Shadows of Glass because the ending even though it wasn't a cliffhanger had me craving more!
Of course I can’t leave a review without talking about the love interest right? Let’s just say I fell hard for Pace he’s definitely going to make my top 10 book boyfriends list of 2012! He’s handsome and brave and loving and not a bad boy (surprise,surprise lol) you all will fall for him just like I did! I also loved the MC Wren she’s a strong female lead and I can’t wait to see what happens in her story in Shadows!
I chose a passage between Pace and Wren that made me say aww and packs a little heat too ;) ;)
“I agree with what you’re saying, Wren. My point is I don’t want you to die because of it. I know my life is a given, that as soon as they find me I’m dead. I can only hope and pray that it’s fast and not like what they did to Alex or Tom. And it will all be worth it, if I know you’re safe. I’ll go upside right now and tell everyone that there is a way out and we’re all being held prisoner, as long as I know that you’ll be all right.”
“Pace…” My heart swells at his words, the sweetest words I’ve ever heard, yet also so tragic and without hope.
He pulls me to him and kisses me, hungrily, possessively, as if he is going to die in the next minute and I’m the only good thing that can save him. The kisses we shared before were good, but this kiss, this desperation, is overwhelming. My insides catch fire and I cling to him, once more to get close enough to satisfy the burning that courses through my veins.
More…I want more… Pace pulls me into his lap without stopping the kiss. I love the way he holds me, the way he moves me, tenderly and gently, but without effort, as if I’m a bird in the palm of his hand that he wants to keep safe, yet he doesn't want to hurt if it decides to fly free.
His touch shows he wants me, but it doesn't trap me; it gives me freedom to make the choice. And I choose him. I chose him the second I held my hand out to him and when he asked me to help. And live or die, he will always be my choice.
Please, God, let it be live.