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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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Ashfall by Mike Mullin


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I've already mentioned that this book chilled me to the bone.

The fact is, Ashfall makes us face the unpleasant fact that humanity is not pretty. Strip off the thin layer of civilization, get rid of the organized force which maintains the order and what you get is greed, fear, and hate running unchecked. Well, you can see what's happening in Africa at the moment...

This is why Ashfall is so scary, the scenario so believable.

A supervulcano erupts. Ashfall covers most of US grounds. There is no electricity, not much drinkable water and very little food. Among the post-eruption harsh winter a 16-years-old boy Alex tries to get from his home town to his parents who went to see his uncle living two hours away before the eruption.

Walking through wastelands covered by ash and snow, in danger of dying of hunger or thirst, hypothermia and attacks of the human scavengers in all their horrendous glory, Alex's growth to an extremely admirable human being is astounding.

During his journey he meets another beautiful, strong soul, 18-year-old Darla.

Together they survive through incredibly dangerous situations and tragedies, and what emerges is these unbreakable ties of friendship and then love.

I couldn't find a single fault in this book. The world-building is believable. The characters' growth is amazing. It's an intense, quick, jam-packed with action read. The only downfall of this book is its abrupt inconclusive ending. I was so wrapped up in what was happening I couldn't believe the book would end in the middle of the sentence while I was still expecting this sentence to end...

Oh well, at least there was no cliffhanger.

Overall, a brilliant debut. I'll be reading the rest of the series, for sure. ( )
  kara-karina | Nov 20, 2015 |
Alex is fifteen and really doesn't want to visit his uncle with his parents and sister so they leave him at home. But the Yellowstone super volcano blows and Iowa is shaken with continuous earth movements and a terrible roar for what seems an eternity. A huge boulder smashes his house and fire breaks out. He makes his way to his neighbors house until things calm down a little. A steady downpour of ash blankets everything and blocks out the sun. Alex decides he needs to leave and find his family.

As on any momentous journey, Alex meets generous people and dangerous thugs. He suffers injury and hardships but never forgets his goal. This book is a wonderful mix of the hero's journey and science fiction. ( )
  mamzel | Nov 13, 2015 |
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  glindaharrison | Oct 19, 2015 |
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  glindaharrison | Oct 19, 2015 |
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 |
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Civilization exists by geological consent, subject to change without notice.
—Will Durant
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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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