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Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall (edition 2011)

by Mike Mullin

Series: Ashfall (1)

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Authors:Mike Mullin
Info:Tanglewood Press (2011), Hardcover, 476 pages
Collections:Your library, Read but unowned
Tags:read 2012, young adult, science fiction, library

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A very suspenseful apocalyptic sci fi novel about what happens when a "super volcano" underneath Yellowstone National Park erupts, spewing ash and lava for thousands of miles, as far away as Alex's house in Iowa. One minute he's in his bedroom, ready for a weekend without his parents and sister who've gone to visit relatives, and the next, he's trapped in a wrecked room because his house was hit by a flying rock and is now on fire! And in the scary next few days, Alex has to decide if he should stay or try to find his parents--on foot, through the two feet of ash that has fallen on his town--who are many miles away. A great survival novel with a cool guy who learns how to be self-sufficient, from a spunky farm girl he meets along the way. Lots of action and some really nasty bad guys; has some violence. ( )
  GoldieBug | Sep 19, 2015 |
CRF, survival, series
  prichter | Jul 26, 2015 |
Role Reversal, Survival,
Recommended by Tawnya
  RhondaHoward | Jul 22, 2015 |
male protagonist, survival, coming of age, end of times, inventions, escape, murder
ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults (2012)
Wyoming Soaring Eagle Nominee (2016)
NPR's 2011 Top 5 YA Novels
Kirkus Reviews Best Teen Books of 2011
YALSA Best Fiction 2011 selection
ABA 2011 New Voices Selection
ABC 2011 Best Books for Children
How I might use this book:
This book is too long for a short project or even small group project as my level, however, it would be a great recommendation for a student that likes this type of story. Projects could include: creation of book trailer, book promo poster, create additional stories for before eruption, etc. ( )
  tawnyao | Jul 19, 2015 |
Alex is home alone in Iowa - his parents and sister are visiting family in Illinois - when his house starts to burn. Neighbors Darren and Joe take him in, and they soon hear a thunderous roar and the sky fills with ash: a supervolcano under Yellowstone has gone off, leaving much of the United States in darkness. His house was most likely hit with flying debris from the volcano itself.

I enjoyed this believable survival/post-apocalyptic story. Sixteen-year-old Alex has to grow up quite a bit as a result of his experiences, fending for himself, learning as he goes in search of his family, and remaining a decent person in the midst of a crazy world. He and another character we meet later have some unique talents I really got a kick out of reading about; for instance, Alex is a black belt in taekwondo. The descriptions of violent acts were a bit much for me at times, though certainly a plausible outcome of the aftermath of such a disaster. I found the book compelling and hard to put down, and will look forward to seeing how the story continues in the trilogy. ( )
  bell7 | Jul 4, 2015 |
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Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
—Will Durant
For Margaret, my Darla
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I was home alone on that Friday evening.
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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait—to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

With nonstop action, a little romance, and realistic science, debut author Mike Mullin tells a mesmerizing story. Readers will turn Ashfall’s pages breathlessly, and continue to ponder Alex and Darla’s fate long after they close the book.
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After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.… (more)

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