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The human rebels are recruited to help save a group of children who were captured by the Troika and sent to a blood camp. Getting inside the prison camp will be easy, but escaping will be hell.


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The human rebels are recruited to help save a group of children who were captured by the Troika and sent to a blood camp. Getting inside the prison camp will be easy, but escaping will be hell.

30 review for Children of Ash

  1. 4 out of 5

    Paul Goat

    What do you get when you blend together kick ass post-apocalyptic fiction, vampire-fueled dark fantasy, and nightmarish dystopian fiction? The Meridian Six saga by Jaye Wells, of course! Thus far the series consists of two novellas (Meridian Six and the recently released Children of Ash) and—I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—this is one of the very best vampire series that I’ve ever read: tonally comparable to Cronin’s Passage trilogy, Hogan and del Toro’s Strain trilogy, and Matheson’ What do you get when you blend together kick ass post-apocalyptic fiction, vampire-fueled dark fantasy, and nightmarish dystopian fiction? The Meridian Six saga by Jaye Wells, of course! Thus far the series consists of two novellas (Meridian Six and the recently released Children of Ash) and—I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again—this is one of the very best vampire series that I’ve ever read: tonally comparable to Cronin’s Passage trilogy, Hogan and del Toro’s Strain trilogy, and Matheson’s I am Legend. Powered by a brilliantly complicated heroine—Carmina Sargosa, who was captured by a vampiric regime known as the Troika as a kid and raised to be a “poster child for obedient humans”—the story is set in a future where vampires rule the world with an iron fist. The Blood Wars are over and the Troika rule through fear and propaganda. Most of humanity is enslaved but there are small groups of rebels who are still fighting to regain their freedom—and their planet. The beginning of Children of Ash sets the ambiance for this storyline perfectly: “The old timers speak of the before days, when the earth had color. They speak of fresh green grasses, calming blue skies, happy pink petals yearning toward a yellow sun. They talk of a time when humans had the luxury of creating art and daydreaming. But I know better than to listen to their fairy tales; to the fictions conjured by withered old men. There’s no green in the world I know. No blue. No sunny yellow. In fact, there’s no sun at all in the Krovgorod labor camp. The past, the present, the future—everything is grey.” One of the major strengths of Wells is her fluid writing style. Just like her Sabina Kane novels (Red-Headed Stepchild, et. al.) a few years back, these novellas are utterly readable. The pacing is brisk and the action pretty much nonstop throughout but there’s a subtle thematic weight here as well. For example, she brilliantly references the Carl Sandberg poem “They will Say”—a poem about the brutal hardships of early 20th century working class Chicagoans, particularly the young—to perfect effect, comparing the misery of their existence to the nightmare existence of humans living in a Troika labor camp. By referencing that poem, Wells cleverly reveals some significant themes explored in Children of Ash—the loss of innocence, especially when it’s necessary to survive; the cruelty—and unfairness—of life; etc. Another thing I love about this series is its narrative potential. Wells has created a meticulously described and intriguing future where vampires rule and the vast majority of humans are essentially cattle. There are so many potential storylines to explore in this world, so much bloody vampiric goodness. If all this praise isn’t enough to persuade you to read these exceptional novellas, just remember that the storyline (albeit briefly) references the Sisters of Crimson, a group of vampiric nuns. Vampire nuns. Enough said.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie DeCost

    Jaye Wells did it again, completely pulled me into the world of Meridian Six and left me wanting and needing more!!! I love the roll Carmina (Meridian Six) took in this novella, and yes, please more Zed!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Marsha Hubbell

    “Children of Ash” is the second installment in Jaye Wells’ “Meridian Six Series.” And it is even better than the first! Once manipulated by the vampires as a “tool of oppression” in this apocalyptic tale, Meridian Six now finds herself exploited by the resistance to inspire others that all is not lost. While she struggles against this new role, determined only to be free of both sides, she can't turn her back on the cause and those fighting desperately for their lives and that of the children -- “Children of Ash” is the second installment in Jaye Wells’ “Meridian Six Series.” And it is even better than the first! Once manipulated by the vampires as a “tool of oppression” in this apocalyptic tale, Meridian Six now finds herself exploited by the resistance to inspire others that all is not lost. While she struggles against this new role, determined only to be free of both sides, she can't turn her back on the cause and those fighting desperately for their lives and that of the children -- the most tragic victims in this tale. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy anything as much as her “Prospero’s War Series,” but I am hooked on "Meridian Six." With edge of your seat tension and suspense, this well-crafted cast of characters both touches your heart and scares the heck out of you. Ms. Wells has created a frightening and believable world where vampires rule and humans are slaves and ‘food.’ I can’t wait for what happens next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maggie Mcdonald

    happy to read more in this series

  5. 4 out of 5

    Wendy Bocock

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Really like this series; just wish they were novels, rather than novellas.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Braun

    Another exciting addition in this short, thrilling, and grim series. There are more perspectives and more characters to love, and a lot more action. I liked the story and the trials it brought to Six and the characters, how little she was able to trust the people she was with. We were introduced to Zed, Bravo, and Matri, each of whom are strong characters and whose stories I loved reading about, especially Zed. Yet again, I wish the story was longer, since the ending wrapped up really, really qu Another exciting addition in this short, thrilling, and grim series. There are more perspectives and more characters to love, and a lot more action. I liked the story and the trials it brought to Six and the characters, how little she was able to trust the people she was with. We were introduced to Zed, Bravo, and Matri, each of whom are strong characters and whose stories I loved reading about, especially Zed. Yet again, I wish the story was longer, since the ending wrapped up really, really quickly. That said, there was a lot of tension, surprises, emotion, and explosive action. Definitely worth reading, and I hope there are more!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Luanne

    I want more of Carmina and Zed. Just wonderful! It is unique in how it approaches this world. Well done!!!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Excellent short story. Can't wait for the next one. Excellent short story. Can't wait for the next one.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Morgan

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jen

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

  12. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mary

  14. 4 out of 5

    Julie Gage

  15. 4 out of 5

    L Gon

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

  18. 4 out of 5

    Tabitha Morgan

  19. 4 out of 5

    Francesca G

  20. 5 out of 5

    Kerri Chamberlin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kem Trebisky

  22. 5 out of 5

    JASON S CLARY

  23. 4 out of 5

    Andreas

  24. 5 out of 5

    Patty

  25. 4 out of 5

    Denise

  26. 5 out of 5

    Tammie Walker

  27. 5 out of 5

    F Y

  28. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

  30. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

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