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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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First person post-apocalyptic novel. Male protagonist. Good pacing and believable. I want to read the rest of the series. ( )
  TeamDewey | Apr 19, 2014 |
This novel is so intense and gripping because it's totally plausible. This could soo happen. Yellowstone is due to erupt anytime. Mike Mullin enters the young adult dystopian/apocalyptic genre with originality and managed to create one of the most realistic and haunting trilogies of them all.

Fifteen year old Alex is scared, bleeding to death, and lost when he winds up in Darla's barn. He's been journeying through ash and violent weather for days trying to make his way to Illinois where his family is. Ever since the volcano erupted and the world changed it's each man for himself. Alex has to find food and water, learn to trek through the deep ash without breathing it in, and defend himself from dangerous starving people. Will Darla be able to accompany him on this hellish journey? Can they make it?

For fans of the Hunger Games, The Maze Runner, and Divergent. Can't wait to read the other two books in the trilogy and see Mike Mullin this summer! ( )
  ecataldi | Mar 21, 2014 |
A page turner. Each chapter ending makes you have to turn the page and keep reading. A first class dystopian novel.

Ashfall chronicles Alex and Darla's adventures in a U.S. that has seen an eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. Their journey reads like what could be real in a country that has experienced disaster. ( )
  jamesfallen | Feb 7, 2014 |
This is a strong start to a promising series. I loved the combination of first person perspective and scientific lore. It takes a lot of skill to "show" the effects of something so earth shattering. If the book had been filled with facts and jargon it would have puttered out. But there's no jargon, just visceral sensation.

This will appeal to just about any reader. It is contemporary fiction with realistic settings and characters. It is not always easy to read but it is true to human nature and matches what many social scientists and psychologist say might happen in the type of catastrophic situation that occurs in this novel.

I am not crazy about the cover. It lends itself to being easily passed over, which is what happened the first several times I looked at this book. To be fair, most guys I've talked to thought the cover was okay. I think I'd have been more riveted by a scene of him on the ash in his skis and mismatched clothing. Or if the publishers felt they needed to feature Darla, than a picture of her riding the back of his skis on the snow and ash. ( )
  Angelina-Justice | Feb 3, 2014 |
Good engaging read for young adults. I found the books (book 3 2014) very believable and wondered how I would act under the same circumstances. A teenager boy is allowed to stay at home for the weekend while his parents and sister visit family. While they are away there is a volcano eruption - a "super" one. The story unfolds around his journey to find his family. The safe world that he knows quickly disintegrates into a more violent society in the search for survival for food and water.
  thebear21 | Jan 20, 2014 |
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Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
—Will Durant
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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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