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Title: An Inheritance of Ashes
Author: Leah Bobet
Publication Date: October 6, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): The strange war down south—with its rumors of gods and monsters—is over. And while sixteen-year-old Hallie and her sister wait to see who will return from the distant battlefield, they struggle to maintain their family farm.
When Hallie hires a veteran to help them, the war comes home in ways no one could have imagined, and soon Hallie is taking dangerous risks—and keeping desperate secrets. But even as she slowly learns more about the war and the men who fought it, ugly truths about Hallie’s own family are emerging. And while monsters and armies are converging on the small farm, the greatest threat to her home may be Hallie herself.
An Inheritance of Ashes is a dystopian novel with a twist! It’s got a unique fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi concept, a dramatic pair of sisters, and an inherited farm. This book takes from basically every genre to create one whirlwind of a book.
I really enjoyed the “end of a war” concept in An Inheritance of Ashes. Typically, when I read a dystopian, the book is about a current war, not the aftermath of one. This book is filled with Twisted Things, a Wicked God, and various other elements that make a phenomenal sci-fi/fantasy. An Inheritance of Ashes is very interesting and so different from other dystopian novels.
One of my favourite things about An Inheritance of Ashes is the theme of sisters. However, the sisters in this book aren’t necessarily on the best of terms. Hallie believes that she is only capable of disappointing Marthe and Marthe is extremely bossy and pretty demanding of Hallie. Most people may say that they dislike this idea, but I think it mixes things up and adds a bit more drama to the book. It also sets the stage for some real theatrics towards the end of the story.
In An Inheritance of Ashes, the Hallie and Marthe have inherited a farm from their father. The farm is the perfect setting for a bit of paranormality and some monsters from the dark side. Bobet certainly uses this eery setting to create a mood in this book that is so mysterious and creepy.
An Inheritance of Ashes has a unique dystopian concept, two sisters who aren’t the best of friends, and an interesting farm setting. I recommend An Inheritance of Ashes to everyone because it honestly has something for everyone, paranormal, fantasy, even a bit of mystery. This is really the perfect fall read because of its spooky and dark concept.