Monday, July 4, 2011

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.  -

Goodreads definitely had it right... this was a story that was difficult to stop reading.  In fact, I don't think I ever did until I was done.  This is definitely one that will grab you from the first page and just not let go.  I feel horrible saying this, but I just love these world-disaster type books.  I love doing the "what-if" game and thinking about what kind of world we might live in if something were to destroy life as we know it.  This book was no exception.

The main character, Alex, was amazing.  I love how the author started out the story by showing you, with very little time, exactly how spoiled and angsty Alex was... that way you could really enjoy the progression of his internal journey.  This boy changes into a man in this book, and it was so incredible to watch, both that, and his fight for survival and to find his parents.

His love interest, whose name I'll keep to myself so I don't spoil anything, was a resourceful girl.  There were times that I found myself utterly amazed by her and her capabilities.  She was a strong character, especially paired with Alex.  Together, they have to face so many dark and ugly things along their journey... some things I found eerie and just plain disturbing. 

Apparently this is the first of a series, and I am really looking forward to reading more from author Mike Mullins.  This book is a definite hit!

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting premise shared in a suspenseful novel. Eruption of Yellowstone and its potential impact on North America weaves an interesting story line for Young Adults. It does feature some mature themes but holds your attention and interest.
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