Ash by Shani Petroff Review

AshTitle: Ash

Author: Shani Petroff

Publisher:  Polis Books

Format: eBook

Publication Date: March 31, 2015

Overall: 3 out of 5 stars.

Destiny is pre-determined. It is strictly monitored. It is unchangeable. Or is it?

Madden Sumner’s life is a whirlwind of privilege and perks. Born into the elite Purple ring, she is fated to be a Minister of the Seven. Although her position comes with the burden of great responsibility, she’s nothing if not confident in her future. After all, Destiny Specialists have determined how she will fulfill her life’s purpose, and they are never wrong.

Her classmate Dax, an Ash, is clinging to the opposite end of the spectrum. While everyone around her knows what destiny awaits them, Dax’s fate is… missing. Isolated and ignored, she refuses to let her lack of status define her.

For their entire lives, the government has told Madden and Dax where they will live, who they will love, and who they will be. Yet after a stunning twist of fate, Dax and Madden’s paths collide in ways neither could have possibly imagined. The two are forced to question their own past, present and future as they realize who they are is not necessarily who they were meant to be.

Ash, the first book in the Destined series, is an unforgettable journey into an alternate future which will leave readers wondering just how much we can control our own fate.

Destiny is calling. Will you fight for yours?


Ash is quite like a few other series out there right now, I found myself still enjoying it. It’s a dystopian world where everyone has a destiny!, and it makes for a pretty unfavorable caste system. The premise isn’t new, in fact it reminds me alot of Red Queen, Delirium, Matched, etc. However the character development was pretty amazing, and I felt like Madden and Dax both were very similar to each other. It is obviously intentional but it was a nice correlation between the two girls. I didn’t love the point of view switching (do I ever?) but I will admit that it was quite necessary to the plot. Overall it wasn’t that bad, and I never had a moment where I dreaded switching point of views.

Most of the book was pretty straightforward, and the caste system had a unique caveat to how it worked in the ‘reading’ of destiny. I wasn’t surprised by the big twist, but there was a smaller twist that caught me off guard. Mostly because it popped up in the first book, it really felt like it was a subplot that would have been better served for the second book. These characters were pretty average, there was nothing ground-breaking in this book, but it is a solid presence in the dystopian genre.

Overall I would give the book 3 out of 5 stars.


3/5 – Worth Reading

**Please Note: This review is my honest opinion and I did not receive monetary compensation from it.**

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