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Author: Kassy Tayler Narrator: Nicola Barber Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Ashes Trilogy Release Date: December 2014 ISBN: 9781504606233
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Wren MacAvoy works as a coal miner for a domed city that was constructed in the mid-nineteenth century to protect the royal bloodline of England when astronomers spotted a comet on a collision course with Earth. Humanity would be saved by the most groundbreaking technology of the time. But after nearly two hundred years of life beneath the dome, society has become complacent and the coal is running out. Plus, there are those who wonder, “Is there life outside the dome or is the world still consumed by fire?” When one of Wren’s friends escapes the confines of the dome, he is burned alive and put on display as a warning to those seeking to disrupt the dome’s way of life. But Alex’s final words are haunting: “The sky is blue.”

What happens next is a whirlwind of adventure, romance, conspiracy, and the struggle to stay alive in a world where nothing is as it seems. Wren unwittingly becomes a catalyst for a revolution that destroys the dome, and the only way to survive might be to embrace what the entire society has feared their entire existence.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Riveting dystopian steampunk! Kassy Tayler writes with haunting precision, and you’ll fall in love with Wren and Pace as she brings their world to gritty, lyrical life.”

    Ann Aguirre, RITA Award–winning author

  • “Fans of steampunk will enjoy this addition to the current dystopian literary landscape.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Steampunk fans will welcome this series opener.”


  • “Dystopian fiction at its best! Kassy Taylor delivers an enthralling story filled with adventure, romance, intrigue, and a tiny canary that will steal your heart.”

    Mari Mancusi, award-winning author of the Blood Coven Vampire series

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Karen | 2/15/2014

    " Good premise and world building but clumsy writing. The author spends too much time explaining the world rather than showing the reader the world through telling the story. Once the author gets over all the point by point explaining, the rest of the story is good enough to keep a reader's interest. I will probably read the next book in the series as I want to know what happens next. The author deserved a better editor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzy | 1/30/2014

    " Even through all the hectic pace of the holidays, this one kept my interest and was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefanie | 1/23/2014

    " Ashes of Twilight is reminiscent of the book City of Ember, it takes place underground when it's believed that the world above is burning in massive fires because of a cataclysmic asteroid, or comet or something crashed into the Earth and the only way to survive was to go underground and preserve the Royal bloodlines for the future. Wren MacAvoy is the main character, she's a sixteen year old girl who works as a miner to mine for coal to keep the fans going so that the more privileged "royals" that live above the mines and under a protective dome don't suffocate. After Wren gathers with her friends in the mines she discovers that her crush Alex wants to find a way to get out of the dome and the mines and see whether or not there really are fires burning the Earth or if the guards and their government are lying to them all, he does find a way out but is brought back in burned and made an example to the people that the world is burning, but Wren gets close enough to hear Alex say the "the sky is blue", prompting Wren to find out the truth herself. I liked the story but felt it took forever to get anywhere after Alex proclaimed that the sky was blue. I was hoping that Wren would rally her fellow miners to charge the dome and find out for themselves what lay outside their bleak underground world. Wren and a boy named Pace develop an incredibly fast romance that was sweet and engaging but way too close and too fast for anything to truly develop, because after like TWO DAYS they were already saying "I love you" to one another! I wanted to love the story but can only settle on like because it seemed like the story itself was going in circles and then the end was so abrupt I was like,"that was fast" then it was over! It seems to me that there might be a sequel because so much was left unsaid, but I have no idea if there is or not! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kayon | 1/17/2014

    " This was an OK read, something to pass the time. It was drawn out in some places and at the end it kind of seemed rushed. I would read the next one just for the heck of it, but when I was probably board. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie | 1/9/2014

    " LOVED this book! The opening paragraph blew me away and sucked me right in. Kassy Tayler is a fantastic writer who is about to make a huge splash in the dystopian and YA genres! Can't wait to read more! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 La | 1/9/2014

    " I liked this one, it was a typical dystopian story, but still presented well. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jordan | 12/8/2013

    " Although this book is not as captivating as some fans of Enclave, Incarceron, and City of Ember will enjoy this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Germaine | 10/4/2013

    " I liked it a lot had a good plot and some interesting twists . Good read :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 T. | 6/27/2013

    " It took three tries to get into this book. Started out really slow. Picked up about half way through. I do believe I will read the next in the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allison | 6/9/2013

    " Super good!!! I'm going to be freaking out waiting for the next one! July is so far away! This was really great. It was unique, it was a great story with great characters and it was really well paced and suspenseful. Ended on a cliffhanger!!! I can't wait for the next one! AH! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cam | 4/16/2013

    " If you are looking for something like The Hunger Games, this book has somewhat of the same concept. I didn't like the ending though. Kind of left you hanging in a bad way. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aira | 3/14/2013

    " started of really good (view spoiler)[the death of Adam (hide spoiler)] was really heart moving and the way the author described the reactions and subsequent feelings really blew me away, however after that it just kind of went downhill for me and became a generic teen dystopian fantasy "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Luke | 2/15/2013

    " Not a bad read, a pretty generic dystopian YA thriller. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jaime | 12/3/2012

    " This is one of the best dystopian books I've read in a long time! It kinda reminded me of The City of Ember a bit. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jo | 11/24/2012

    " Just another ya novel aimed at teen girls. The story wasn't bad, the writing could have been better. The characters were rather flat and not all that interesting. The protagonist, 'Wren' kept asking questions over and over again, plus I just don't get into the whole teen drama, romance thing. "

About the Author

Kassy Tayler is the author of Ashes of Twilight, as well as several other novels in multiple genres. Aside from writing, she also works with the local humane society, helping with animal rescue. Tayler and her family live in Pilot Mountain, North Carolina.

About the Narrator

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books, magazines, and apps, with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide books and magazines licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney-Hyperion and Disney Press in the US and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW’s digital products include bestselling e-book titles and award-winning original apps. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit