I have to confess that I still need to read one more chapter. I try and pace it so that I finish at the right time so I don't forget what I'm reading...Anyway I'll be back later with my thoughts, but if you have anything to say about the start of the novel leave it below.
I guess I can comment on the ashes city. Is it the valley of ashes? It struck me as being weirdly fantastical, all these ashes falling. I realize that it's supposed to be metaphoric, but it seems really heavy handed.