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#YADiversityBookClub : An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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The #YADiversityBookClub April pick: 


An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.
Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Should An Ember in the Ashes turn into a series?

Let’s look at The Pros:

World Building

You don’t take the time and energy Ms Tahir did to create this entire world to just shut it down after one book.  Think of the possibilities a series can open up for her to expand on what she’s already created let alone what could happen elsewhere.

The Ending/Unfinished Business

Yes, yes it can be read as a standalone.  I get it but I don’t want that.  The ending was not a complete ending by far.  There are so many things left to discover.  I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. (I’d add them here, but I don’t want to potentially spoil the book for anyone.)

Prequel Stories

Think of the untapped areas!  How did this world come to be exactly?  We get a general background but to really dig in and see the start of the Resistance would be great.  What carved (see what I did there?) the Commandment into the woman she is?  What happened to her?  That story alone is writing itself in my head as I write this. . .to focus on the villain for a book seems to be a potential trend in YA that I’d LOVE to see happen.

Setting Change

Did staying at the school possibly slow the story down for you? Well, we would be moving on.  We are on a mission and the journey will be dangerous.


I need to see what will happen when everyone meets back up.  This is a branch of unfinished business but deserves its own place because I think reunion scenes are some of the best in the series that I’ve read.

The Cons:


I can’t think of one reason why this shouldn’t be picked up for a full series.  We need answers.  We deserve them! Always victorious!!

Check out the other #YADiversityBookClub posts:

Freebie Post: Seeing Both Sides: AN EMBER IN THE ASHES and Dual POVs   @ We Heart YA

Author Q & A: Sabaa Tahir @ Teen Lit Rocks

Discussion Post: An Ember in the Ashes Chat  @ The Reading Date

Thanks for stopping by our #YADiversityBookClub post.  Check back next month for another great pick!

3 thoughts on “#YADiversityBookClub : An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

  1. Yup I totally agree- bring on the sequel. There are many more stories to tell- and Elias and Laia’s journey is unfinished! And they’ve barely scratched the surface on this love triangle business.

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