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by Mike Mullin
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Very good ending to the series ( )
Third book in the Ashfall trilogy. Nine months after a super volcano ruins the U.S., Alex and Darla are trying to create a sustainable life for themselves and their extended family, but the bad guys are making that hard by raids. Local strife and town politics push Alex to establish his own community, completely self sufficient and defensible. Mullin continues to mature as a writer, delving deeper into his characters, even within a continuing action-packed story of adversity. I liked this series and recommend it to others.
Sunrise was at least not as painful as Ashen Winter. It revolves around Alex and Darla setting up their own settlement, making it sustainable and defending it against the many local threats. It’s completely unbelievable that dumbfuck Alex from Ashen Winter, whose skull appears to be filled with scampering white mice, is a natural leader and smarter than the adults around him, but we’re expected to accept that so off we go again. (To be fair, a couple of the adults ARE really stupid. They have to be, to make Alex look good. It doesn’t mean I’m buying “everyone looks up to Alex” though.)
While we’re talking about adults, Alex’s mother actually features in Sunrise, and let’s just say that it’s still unclear why he risked his life for two books to be reunited with her.
Look, I clearly can’t recommend these books. The writing is sufficient but bland (several chapters end with sentences that I think are intended to be heartfelt but only make me cringe and think of r/iamfourteenandthisisdeep), the characters are soulless lumps to be moved around in service of the plot, the plot is powered by stupid juice, and the setting is the only halfway interesting thing about it.
Having said that, there’s nothing super objectionable about them either. Go forth and read at your own risk.
Full review to come!
I really liked how this series ended. Hope nothing like what happened in the book happens but I liked the series.
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions. When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever--and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish. This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.
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