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When the unthinkable happens, not everyone is ready. Not everyone knows what to do. Lacking any survival knowledge, she finds herself in the shelter of the city's Liberty Tunnels with a group of strangers, none of which know much more than she does. The odds are against them. Panic, hunger, and sickness are rampant. The tunnels increasingly become more dangerous. With limite When the unthinkable happens, not everyone is ready. Not everyone knows what to do. Lacking any survival knowledge, she finds herself in the shelter of the city's Liberty Tunnels with a group of strangers, none of which know much more than she does. The odds are against them. Panic, hunger, and sickness are rampant. The tunnels increasingly become more dangerous. With limited skills, Abby must pull it together, not only get her and the girls out of the tunnel shelter, but to survive long enough to make it home one last time.


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When the unthinkable happens, not everyone is ready. Not everyone knows what to do. Lacking any survival knowledge, she finds herself in the shelter of the city's Liberty Tunnels with a group of strangers, none of which know much more than she does. The odds are against them. Panic, hunger, and sickness are rampant. The tunnels increasingly become more dangerous. With limite When the unthinkable happens, not everyone is ready. Not everyone knows what to do. Lacking any survival knowledge, she finds herself in the shelter of the city's Liberty Tunnels with a group of strangers, none of which know much more than she does. The odds are against them. Panic, hunger, and sickness are rampant. The tunnels increasingly become more dangerous. With limited skills, Abby must pull it together, not only get her and the girls out of the tunnel shelter, but to survive long enough to make it home one last time.

30 review for When the Ashes Fall

  1. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Actual rating - 3.5

  2. 5 out of 5

    Deb Randolph

    Warning! You won't be able to stop reading this book! This book was an emotional rollercoaster! If you love books about disaster settings, then you will want to put this one on the top of your "to read" list. It started with a bang (no pun intended) and continued to keep me so interested that I actually lost track of time. This author really knows how to make her characters seem so alive. I don't want to spoil anything but you will need to keep a box of tissues handy! Warning! You won't be able to stop reading this book! This book was an emotional rollercoaster! If you love books about disaster settings, then you will want to put this one on the top of your "to read" list. It started with a bang (no pun intended) and continued to keep me so interested that I actually lost track of time. This author really knows how to make her characters seem so alive. I don't want to spoil anything but you will need to keep a box of tissues handy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Cross

    Never disappointed I know when I start a book by Ms. Druga that I am going to lose a few tears and that I am going to become wrapped up in the lives of the characters. This book was no disappointment. I highly recommend it.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    If by chance a major disaster wipes out a massive percentage of the population--the evil in countless humans will run rampant. Warlords will seize power resulting in endless beings suffering at their hands. People who were rather decent before the catastrophe will become savage with greed for themselves or their families. Kindness and honesty may be just words from our past, and instead of helping each other, humans will turn back time to the dark ages. Knowing all of these predictions could come If by chance a major disaster wipes out a massive percentage of the population--the evil in countless humans will run rampant. Warlords will seize power resulting in endless beings suffering at their hands. People who were rather decent before the catastrophe will become savage with greed for themselves or their families. Kindness and honesty may be just words from our past, and instead of helping each other, humans will turn back time to the dark ages. Knowing all of these predictions could come true, the cruelty in some books becomes troublesome, that's one reason Druga's books and I get along famously. She writes often regarding the exemplary behavior of people during dark periods of humankind's worst nightmares. The story centers on a woman named Abby and her two daughters who travel to the city to have an amusing day. On the way home, she drives into a large tunnel when suddenly a nuclear bomb hits the city they just left. Several survivors find a smaller tunnel into a mountain that keeps them away from the fallout, and for a brief while they're safe. They must leave the tunnel eventually, plus their hearts are yearning to travel to a husband and son still at home. Along the way, each person met shows compassion (except one unknown assailant in the story for just a few lines), now that's the world I would love to be in if events turn to devastation. Druga's books are always effortless to read, and the only problem I find with them--they eventually must come to a conclusion. This review is from my blog: http://somanybooksssolittletime.blogs...

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Murphy

    Another end of the world story that just sucked me in. I have tried to read a couple other books by this author and just did not enjoy them, but this book I really liked. I thought the circumstances that the characters found themselves in were very believable and their struggles were brought to life by the author. I like my end of the world novels to star people who chose to do the right thing no matter how hard that thing may be, and this novel delivered.

  6. 5 out of 5

    ZARIA (Sheldon Cooper lover)

    This was so good....at the end i was like.... This was so good....at the end i was like....

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kimberlie

    A possible future ... captivating and scary as hell! You start the morning off with Abby, who is heading into the city with her daughters, Addy and Mel. You watch as she does her business then takes off to do some shopping in another area. You become alarmed as everyone around her begins to panic and rush to get out of the city for some reason that isn't clear. You stay tense as she hurries to get out of the area. Then, your heart pounds when there is a blinding white light, deafening explosions, A possible future ... captivating and scary as hell! You start the morning off with Abby, who is heading into the city with her daughters, Addy and Mel. You watch as she does her business then takes off to do some shopping in another area. You become alarmed as everyone around her begins to panic and rush to get out of the city for some reason that isn't clear. You stay tense as she hurries to get out of the area. Then, your heart pounds when there is a blinding white light, deafening explosions, and Abby's van crashes as it is flung violently into the line of cars ahead of her. That is how this gripping story about a nuclear apocalyse begins. It was so hard to put down, and refreshing as Abby isn't military or a prepper, and doesn't have survival skills. It's interesting being in the mind of someone who doesn't know exactly what needs to be done, who is injured, and has to depend on others. I was fascinated by this story from beginning to end. This is my third book I've read by Jacqueline Druga and I plan on reading many more. There are a few spelling and grammar mistakes but none that take away from the story. I love her style of writing and am adding every one of her books to my wishlist.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Patiscynical

    Depressing A mother takes her two daughters into the city for a mother/daughter bonding experience. Unfortunately, there's a nuclear attack and a bomb hits the city. Fortunately they are in a tunnel when the bomb hits. Unfortunately, an EMP generated by the nuclear device causes all the vehicles in the tunnel to crash, and the family barely gets out alive. There are other survivors in the tunnel, but many are injured, and some were exposed to radioactive fallout. Results: this is depressing because Depressing A mother takes her two daughters into the city for a mother/daughter bonding experience. Unfortunately, there's a nuclear attack and a bomb hits the city. Fortunately they are in a tunnel when the bomb hits. Unfortunately, an EMP generated by the nuclear device causes all the vehicles in the tunnel to crash, and the family barely gets out alive. There are other survivors in the tunnel, but many are injured, and some were exposed to radioactive fallout. Results: this is depressing because everyone is exposed to radiation, and there's not much hope. It's too sad to recommend.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    My favorite of hers so far. I was actually crying through the last couple of chapters.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Joanne

    I think this is the best book I have read by this author. The characters are believable and well-written and the situation is described in enough detail to make you thankful we were able to avoid nuclear war (so far...fingers crossed). The depictions of radiation sickness and the will to survive to see your family one last time are heartbreaking. There are wonderful characters that are found in a nursing home, in the tunnel, and in the camp. Everyone is trying to do their best to survive. Not ev I think this is the best book I have read by this author. The characters are believable and well-written and the situation is described in enough detail to make you thankful we were able to avoid nuclear war (so far...fingers crossed). The depictions of radiation sickness and the will to survive to see your family one last time are heartbreaking. There are wonderful characters that are found in a nursing home, in the tunnel, and in the camp. Everyone is trying to do their best to survive. Not everyone does. When they find out why they were nuked, the futility of nuclear weapons is painfully obvious...at least to us.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    I'm a little over halfway through this book and I'm enjoying it. My only complaint is....it wasn't proofread very well, if at all. They are simple mistakes, a missing word, an extra word, etc, but it is distracting. The plot and characters are interesting and the writing is pretty good. It would just be better if the author found a good proofreader. --ok, I finished it and while my opinion is the same concerning the grammatical errors, I really enjoyed the book. I'll definitely read more by this I'm a little over halfway through this book and I'm enjoying it. My only complaint is....it wasn't proofread very well, if at all. They are simple mistakes, a missing word, an extra word, etc, but it is distracting. The plot and characters are interesting and the writing is pretty good. It would just be better if the author found a good proofreader. --ok, I finished it and while my opinion is the same concerning the grammatical errors, I really enjoyed the book. I'll definitely read more by this author.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maryann Breedlove

    I enjoyed this novel. Many apocalyptic novels deal with the decline and decay of society while offering us a hopeless view of humanity. I found this novel to be a page turning sobering look at a mother's struggle save her daughters. This novel, although tragic, focuses on the good left in humanity. I found love throughout this read; the message is how love, in all it's forms, gives hope and the foundation to build new lives. I must warn readers.. I found myself sniffing and a bit misty-eyed near I enjoyed this novel. Many apocalyptic novels deal with the decline and decay of society while offering us a hopeless view of humanity. I found this novel to be a page turning sobering look at a mother's struggle save her daughters. This novel, although tragic, focuses on the good left in humanity. I found love throughout this read; the message is how love, in all it's forms, gives hope and the foundation to build new lives. I must warn readers.. I found myself sniffing and a bit misty-eyed near the end. Good read for all ages.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam Shelton-Anderson

    I am usually wary of first person narratives, especially in this genre. The main character often comes to the realization of what happened and what to do, presumably so that the reader understands. This book was different. The main character is slow to realize what is happening and often simply reacts without thinking. The dawning realization of their plight is horrifying to her and to the reader. It seems a lot more realistic as to how many would cope with such a situation.

  14. 5 out of 5

    MARY GREER

    Great book Great book not often I leave reviews. this book was an emotional ride for me...I actually cried. this was a realistic story and the characters were those I could attach myself to and become emotionally involved. thoroughly enjoyed from the beginning to the end. awesome job!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn Dewalt

    Compelling I read this very quickly as I had to know that this group I had grown to love would make it out. Definitely in need of a good proofreader but at least it did not ruin the story. Scary to think this could come true.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lavinia

    So far, this is my favorite book by Jacqueline Druga. I love apocalyptic fiction, and Ms. Druga writes a lot of it! I like how she didn't mask how bad things could be, how she made me as a reader root for her characters, and I liked how she ended the book. So far, this is my favorite book by Jacqueline Druga. I love apocalyptic fiction, and Ms. Druga writes a lot of it! I like how she didn't mask how bad things could be, how she made me as a reader root for her characters, and I liked how she ended the book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Ray

    I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. It went quickly, the action was fast paced and character development, though a bit of an after thought was sufficient. Will have to try a few more of Ms Druga's books. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this read. It went quickly, the action was fast paced and character development, though a bit of an after thought was sufficient. Will have to try a few more of Ms Druga's books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Chris0214

    A Heartbreaker . .. for what was lost, yet wonderful for all that still remained. Hope, the greatest motivator. Love, what hold us together. And the real possibility that we could really be that dumb !!! Daaa!!! A must read!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Norma Mason

    Very realistic From the beginning, when establishing the book, she kept the pace. Usually don't go for apocalypse novels but this one worked for me Very realistic From the beginning, when establishing the book, she kept the pace. Usually don't go for apocalypse novels but this one worked for me

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teena Renken

    A believable story A story of a mothers love & how much she will endure to keep her children safe. Very sad, and gripping tale.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jackie Campbell

    Nicely done! I am looking forward reading more of her books .they are easy to follow and characters are believable

  22. 5 out of 5

    Nancy S

    This is one of the better post-apocalyptic novels I have read. There is not real violence, just the struggle of a few people to get home after a catastrophic incident, and the challenges they face,

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jonique

    Great great took me a while to get through but that was because I was sure I knew the out come. I did not.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Tabatha

    Great Author The author writes such good apocalypse stories and makes them so realistic and believable,I love her work and definitely going to download more

  25. 5 out of 5

    J.L. Feaman

    Loved this book! It was a quick read but once I started I couldn't stop! Loved this book! It was a quick read but once I started I couldn't stop!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    The audio performance was great. The story itself, kind of mediocre.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Joyce

    Interesting take on a post nuclear war scenario, as told by a woman with her two children. The woman was completely unprepared. Good story in the first person and a fast read.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Diane

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jason

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

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