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I recently picked up An Ember In The Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir after all the buzz I heard on bookTUBE. I was expecting a really good, very high action book that blew me out of my mind but I wasn’t that entertained with it.
This book follows two characters, a guy and a girl named Elias and Laia. Laia has lost her parents and a sister, and she lives with her grandparents and brother Darin. One night, Darin comes in late and these men, the Mask, come and take him. Laia takes off and tries to find herself a real life and tries to find her true self. On the other hand, Elias is training to be a Mask. His best friend Helene (I might put Hel for short, she’s called that often in the book) try to find their own truth. When they are put up with brothers Marcus and Zak to find the new Emperor, their true colors come true. But what happens when they meet for the first time?
Ratings and Thoughts:
I gave this book a 2 out of 5. I’m just saying that this is me and almost most people that has read this loves it but I just could NOT get into this book. The characters were just there and it just seemed that it was a updated version of The Hunger Games by: Suzanne Collins. If you did enjoy The Hunger Games, you would like this book, a lot. The writing style was really well and you could tell that Sabaa Tahir has had her education done with writing.
Basically while I read all the scenes with Laia, I couldn’t handle it. Laia just seemed like one of the characters that needs to get hold of her life and she feels like she needs to be in the center of attention at all times. I dreaded reading Laia part of the story. Elias on the other hand, I loved him. Especially when Hel was with him. Hel was like this amazing side kick that everybody needs to have in their life. She was there for Elias when no one else was, like his mother. Elias had all this stuff happen, like the Trials and the love triangle to figure out and who all he could trust and who all he couldn’t.
Laia: Laia is a little hard to explain to a person. She has lost her parents and sister to the Resistance and only has Darin, her brother. Laia runs off and meets Keenan and Sana. Sana wants to take Laia in while Keenan wants her dead. Mazen is the one who figures out who all her parents are and wants to use her as a spy to find information of the Trials. Laia is sent to become a slave to the Commandant. She meets all these girls, Cook and Izzi. She starts to have some relationship with Keenan whenever he would talk to her, resulting in a small kiss in chapter 45. Laia also starts to get close to Elias, her owner’s son. The slave owner figures out that she is a spy and wants a way to kill her. She tries all these different ways but it doesn’t ever work.
Elias: Elias is one of those guys that if he puts his mind to it, he will do it. Elias just wants to be normal. He doesn’t want to become his mother. He is called to be in the Trials with Hel, Marcus and Zak. His grandfather gets on him all the time that he needs to be the best and he shouldn’t be with Hel all the time, and he could do better than that with a girlfriend. At the beginning, Hel and Elias is really close. They do everything together. By the end, when Laia comes in, they become a little more distance. Hel goes on this silence with him and tries to avoid him. Hel does come back and helps him in the process but by the end, Elias just wants to help Laia. He is given the choice to kill Laia or save her in the final Trial, that lands Marcus as the Emperor. He tells them that if they want to kill Laia, they need to kill him. Marcus hurts her and Elias is ordered to his death. Laia actually goes and saves him.
Stand Alone or Series?:
Sabaa Tahir is planning on releasing a next book in the series. It still has no title or cover but it does have a estimated release date of April 26, 2016. According to Goodreads, “The book will pick up the story of the heroine Laia, the undercover rebel who is fighting to protect her family, and Elias, a reluctant soldier for the empire, as they travel north to free Laia’s brother from prison and try to evade the empire’s armies.”
In other news, An Ember In The Ashes has been opted to become a movie. Paramount has bought the rights to the movie and is preparing to start shooting the movie, being directed by Mark Johnson. Mark Johnson has been part of overseeing some of the Chronicles of Narnia and The Notebook. Just because I didn’t like the book, doesn’t mean I am going to not see the movie or read the second book. I won’t buy it though.
Let me know what you thought about the book if you have read it. Did you like it or are you planing on reading it. If you want to hear some postive feedback and some questions answered by some bookTUBE memembers, watch some of the following videos! Enjoy!