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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Ash in uncomfortable places Low Point. There is nothing paranormal in this book. There are gruesome and revolting scenes in this story, but they are essential for human survival and make this novel all the more poignant and believable because of it. Although I really liked Alex, Darla was definitely my favorite character. After the eruption people are starting to starve, and they transform themselves in predators, they hunt, they steal, and they kill.

Wrap-up So, I really enjoyed this innovative story about a titanic catastrophe and the valiant efforts of two teens to cope. Companionship was indirectly found when he met this girl who was unwilling to help a stranger out but did anyway, and even then she sometimes didn’t act like she cared about him. The problem with more specific disaster scenarios is the risk that part of your audience may not be able to relate to the situation.

It scared the hell out me though – I’m really not ready for a situation like this. The prominent role of government contractors in recent U. It is just that honest. View all 66 comments. So don’t you die, too.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Oh my gosh, guys The last thing anyone expected to happen was a colossal volcano in Yellowstone to erupt, leaving the land surrounding it covered in ash for miles — even as far as Iowa. It contains scenes of shocking violence, the harsh realities of survival and the darker side of human nature.


Every day is a new hurdle, because even if you survive the night, you have to get up and face the elements the next day -whether snow, the falling ash you can’t breathe in lest you die, rain, aahfall a mixture of the ash and snow or rain, he had to face it every day with no food, water, and no shelter.

Ashfall begins on an ordinary Friday afternoon in late August. Additionally, one thing you might want to consider is the geographic area for the setting of Ashfall has several nuclear power ashfxll several!

Asnfall all 9 comments. Some of my favorite parts of Ashfall were the detailed lessons of the different techniques Alex and Darla used to help them survive. Yet, my favorite aspect about these two amazing characters was their chemistry.

Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: What did you-” “Ash in your-well, you seem so irritated at me all the time. Let me clarify that statement. Feel too much like cannibalism.

Alex acts as a great mix of ordinary and remarkable. I understand there will be a second book next year, but I still needed to have some sense of closure to be happy, and I definitely did not get it. There were moments, especially early, where Alex was, umm, annoyingly obtuse. People were starving from lack of water and food. Instead, I give you: And the noise levels described in the days after the eruption might also be somewhat overstated.

Not only is it refreshing to read a dystopian novel written by a male author, it was even more surprising to see it narrated by a male narrator — one who was witty, intelligent, and completely kick-ass.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin

His parents stopped arguing with him and have taken off to uncle Paul’s goat farm in Illinois with only his sister Rebecca in tow. What makes them both such powerful characters is how they could be people that exist. Hardcover ahsfall, pages. And that scared the living bejeesus out of me.


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The only bad thing about Darla is that you have to read a little over a hundred pages to meet her, but she is awesome! Toilet water is also delicious 5.


mioe When slogging through volcanic ash on foot, Alex realizes that perhaps the going would be quicker on skis.

Not that I’m trying to disparage teen books. He’s separated from his family by his own choice and now that he doesn’t have them, he finds that he misses them terribly. I think this choice was reasonable based on the ashfall zones from relatively recent eruptions see map in Pic 1.

In a dark, cold world where there is little chance of survival, it’s nice to see that asshole-ness doesn’t just wither away and die with humanity.

Meet the Author Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. For me, this is what makes Ashfall an exceptional book in its field — I cared about these characters and I believed in the relationship that developed between them.

Also on my list to acquire – a bomb shelter with inbuilt solar generators, water stations, animals – I’m going to turn into one of those hoarders who lives alone in the middle of Alaska.

Who — apart from the handful of readers who meticulously study all bookflap texts – would have guessed that a young adult novel bearing such a — admittedly fitting, but — boring, colorless, and – I say it: