Editorial Reviews. Review. In this chilling debut, Mullin seamlessly weaves meticulous details about science, geography, agriculture and slaughter into his prose. In this grim, postapocalyptic tale, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, covering much of North America in volcanic ash and plunging the world. Assistant editor Drucilla Shultz recommends The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin, a natural disaster adventure story following year-old Alex.

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But both stories feature zombies and monsters. Although Alex is just 16, this is a really mature sort of YA. Because we keep thinking that we are the kings of the world, but are we?

The story doesn’t hold back on every brutal detail.

Even amidst all the people you can’t trust and the horrible world they now live in, there were some very sweet and deep moments. It feels completely believable and the explanation of how this could happen is plausible. I could connect with him and really worry about him to the core. Everything has changed since the volcano, and survival is on the top of the list.

Also… the ending bothered me This story felt more like a journey towards a new way of living in a new world rather than the beginning of the end. It held such inspiration, morality, and hope in the pages. Both dystopias deal with catastrophic circumstances, too, wave in a kind of love story, the coming-of-age-process of the main character and an episode at mul,in kind ashfakl community or camp where people try to survive together. Meet the Author Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade.

People who are looking for a new take on dystopian fiction. Alex mikke a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel mikw he meets along the way. Furthermore, ashfakl romance never takes away from the serious issues of this novel — it only adds to and fits in with the richness of the overall story.


Review also appears on: Jun 12, AH rated it it was amazing Shelves: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

How much damage does it cause? Darla was so rude to Alex from day one. However, given the erratic asufall of volcanoes, that number doesn’t mean much.

She defies gender stereotypes with her penchant for machines and farm work, but she maintains her honesty as a character through her vulnerability and her relationship with Alex.

And if somehow this world comes to an end, just remember this book if you still canjust remember that you are still human. View all 13 comments. Shark Week, Storm Chasers, I watched them all. View all 66 comments. I liked them both as separate characters and I loved them together too.

It almost almost reminded of a Hunger Games type of style, though I don’t know why. Jul 29, Jo rated it really wshfall it Recommended to Jo by: The hero is forced to try and survive on his own and he begins a quest to locate his parents.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Can’t wait to read the next one The relationship between Alex and Darla was so heartbreaking and realistic. Survival is key, but who we choose to surround ourselves with and how and what we do to survive should be the most important parts of the journey. It would likely still be on my TBR if my lovely Jen hadn’t taken ashdall initiative to gift me this, so I have her to thank, in a sense. Here are nike critters that were fossilized by a previous eruption of the hotspot – the one in Idaho, mentioned above.


Why would someone want to live through a Nuclear Attack? View all 16 comments. There was a time when I used to watch all those Discovery Channel science shows. I probably shivered more than once while reading this. I have to give it up to Mullin because he did some serious research for this book.


I seem to be one of the very few that found this book a little on the average side. Now that I have found out that there will be a sequel Ashen Winter I need to read it, no question, but when I sucked up the last words of the last chapter of “Ashfall”, I was quite ignorant of the fact and strangely content with the few lose strands I saw hanging in the breeze.

With the electricity out, the sun hidden behind a cloud of ash, and the obligation to remain indoors to keep from breathing in the deadly ash, Alex has to learn quickly what it takes to survive on his own.

Mike Mullin is who I will befriend during the next apocalypse 7. Alex is a normal teenager, self-absorbed in his own things, ashfalk he is excited to spend time on his own.

Bunnies are delicious 4. He wants to stay at home and play World of Warcraft and just flipping sulk.

There is a ton of science on this subject, and hundreds of web pages, scholarly articles, books, etc. Apr 21, Dichotomy Girl rated it it was amazing Shelves: Of course, sometimes they were just lucky, some other times it was all too good to be true, but in the end it felt so damn real, and it hurt so badly to witness this madness called survival.

Now, Alex is forced to journey to find his parents — at any cost. So many end of the world and survival stories take place in urban settings.