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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I’ve been devouring dystopian novels left and right recently. So, now he is by himself and loving life, right? This story felt more like a journey towards a new way of living in a new world rather than the beginning of the end. Burn Baby Burn – Ash. Additionally, one thing you might want to consider is the geographic area for the setting of Ashfall has several nuclear power plants several!

All those characters can put a gun in front of your face, ready to shoot, but isn’t it another way? Same goes with Alex as well, but I admired Darla and what she had to go through slightly more than I did Alex.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Something else always snagged my attention, crept up the ranks. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Its survival of the strongest and smartest in this new world and no one especially FEMA is to be trusted.

Now, Alex is forced to journey to find his parents — at any cost. They support one another, understand one another, and show a true caring that can only be called love. Jul 29, Jo rated it really liked it Recommended to Jo by: More reviews and more at Cuddlebuggery Book Blog. Yes, it freaked me out a little okay, maybe more than a little at the prospect of something like this really occurring and yes I totally freaked out at my complete lack of preparation for the end of the world.


Do that for hours, and if you’re still not bat-shit crazy, you’ll know how we felt. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin. This book is about survival and mean people-take out of that what you will. The ubiquitous ash, the decay of law and morality, and the construction of different societal systems all captured me and took me into the story.

View all 10 comments. There is even a third aspect, but it may sound quite unbelievable to those who know my reading habits: View all 9 comments. Alex, his feelings, emotions, worries, pains — all of them felt as real as if I were experiencing them. Or maybe it’s a three-way tie. With the electricity out, the sun hidden behind a cloud of ash, an Ashfall was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Tanglewood.

People who Alex thought he could trust turn into murderers, the community where he was brought up in turns to pillaging for survival, and nearly everyone he knows lets him down.

There is even a webcam where you can watch for the next eruption: For instance, I loved the scene in which Alex helps Darla pee in the refugee camp trench by “being her tree” to lean on and gets splashed in the process. I liked it but wasn’t in love with it. I probably shivered more than once while reading this. As a scared kid, he is forced to used mulkin skills in the beginning. Feel too much like cannibalism. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue bg an eruption.

Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin

I hate to compare books, especially with big hits like the Hunger Games. Though, to be fair, I get why this is an unsettling premise to Americans. This book wasn’t without it’s innocence and young love It’s not mikr though anything will be all right, “all right. It’s not fair but it’s not a city on the same level as New York, ok?


I wasn’t expecting much from Darla I’m not a fan of the name, dunno whybut I warmed up to her quickly and they play off each other so well.

It does make you think about survival skills and kits and what you would do if something like this happened. And when tragedy strikes, Alex and Darla has no one but themselves, and they need to stay together and work together hard to stay alive. Not for the book, or the characters, but mi,e the whole damn human kind. The fire brigade arrives in spite of that, the next door couple takes him in and things are supposed to settle down, when hell literally breaks loose: Where was the lavaaaa?

Mike Mullin was even kind enough to pop in and answer a few questions. Are you mullim she’s the damsel ashfall distress?? Other Books by Author. There were acts of extraordinary heroism, courage and selflessness. Not for the squeamish, but certainly not over the top in my view.

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I admired Alex and Darla for being so resourceful and not giving up even though I wanted to smack Alex one time but I may have reacted the same way, who knowseven when they reached a certain destination. I think I’m only shocked because, well, I kept putting it off and putting it off and then my wonderful Jen bought this for me for Christmas.

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 a kind of community or camp where people try to survive together.