An Inheritance of Ashes

An Inheritance of Ashes

Book - 2015
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Now that the strange war is over, sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister struggle to maintain their family farm, waiting to see who will return from the distant battlefield, soon hiring a veteran to help them but, as ugly truths about their family emerge, Hallie is taking dangerous risks and keeping desperate secrets while monsters and armies converge on the small farm.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Clarion Books, c2015
ISBN: 9780544281110
054428111X
Branch Call Number: FIC Bobe
Characteristics: 391 pages : map ; 22 cm

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eileenlufkin
Mar 30, 2018

lightgetsin on dreamwidth says "4/5. Our sixteen-year-old narrator works herself to the bone to keep the farm going with her sister while they wait to see which men will come home from the war against the mad god in the south. Then they take on a hired hand who might be running from something, and a lot of eerily weird things start happening, and the war might be coming home to them.

Bobet says in the acknowledgements that she wrote her first book like an author, but she wrote this one like a person. I haven't read her first book, but that still sounds right to me. This one is all messy, difficult feelings to the brim. Family feelings. Abused child reaching for a better adulthood feelings. War veteran feelings. Slow, careful first romance feelings. People falling apart and people coming together feelings. All of that messiness and bitterness and grief – so much grief – and breath of hope powers this whole book, and it's lovely. It's also messy enough that it clearly got away from Bobet sometimes, but this is one of those stories that manages to co-opt its flaws into strengths, somehow."

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lostintheshelves
Dec 10, 2016

This is an unusually well-written young adult novel focused on the relationship between two sisters in what first seems to be a fantasy world, and is slowly revealed to be a post-apocalyptic version of our own. Very compelling and worth reading!

kirstd31 Dec 18, 2015

The war is over, but weird monsters are appearing on her farm. The storyline for the book is interesting. But the book feels like it is missing something.

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Benvolia
Nov 12, 2016

Benvolia thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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