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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Sometimes, those decisions are huge like fleeing for your life because a supervolcano has erupted.

There is a section just after half-way in this book that absolutely trod on my heart. He was a reasonable character who ahfall off a little weak and boring for me. Following Alex on his alarming and scary journey was thrilling and thoroughly addicting. People who are looking for a new take on dystopian fiction. The girl kicked ass! My all-time favorites were the volcano shows. 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: And note to Mike Mullin if you happen to be reading this, since I am from the area in which you set your book I mhllin more than happy to consult with you.

In many ways, he matches the image of a stereotypical fifteen-year-old boy – obsessed with video games, self-absorbed to an extent, detached from his emotions – but his growth over the course of the novel amazed me.

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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. Back to the review: 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.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. Not glossing over body functions, but making them part of the whole catastrophic mess adds another layer of believability. I may need to sign up for some Taekwondo classes. It was a joy to watch these two conquer a problem with patience, strength, smarts, and grace. I am so so happy I finally gave this one a chance If this isn’t what you like, then this story is not for you. Maybe some of us will be like my former history teacher, but I think that for most of us would have something kick in that lets us stop thinking about our existential malaise and the rational utility of curling up to die vs the hardship of surviving I only thought of this just now but I think what I’ll call the apocalyptic scenario is another swift leg kick to Utilitarianism but that is all I’m going to say about that, my last foray into this region turned really ugly and unfruitful for all involved.

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Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

The author makes us realise the painful way that we do not need a rampant zombie-virus or galactically enhanced physical abilities to turn us into ugly beasts: But forewarned is still forearmed for those who survive, and I took this book as an appeal to the better angels of our nature.

The characters, settings and situations were all very realistic. I did not get hung up on the likelihood of the event. What makes them both such powerful characters is how they could be people that exist. I don’t know how much I’ll be able to wait before I learn what happens next.

And yes, I wanted to slap him around a few times as he struggled to master the obvious. Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot ashfalll ash.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. He is not perfect and no saint. I kept giving Darla hugs after that for awhile.

There is a ton of science on this subject, and hundreds of web pages, scholarly articles, books, etc. It will be a long time before you get the taste of volcanic ash out of your mouth. But on my uncle’s farm, nobody noticed, or at least nobody said anything.

As a result, there are pages upon pages of inner dialog. Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. Breathing is even a problem. You can really tell how much he cares for Darla.

He literally broke down everything he did. He never loses his compassion, although he occasionally has to quarrel with his conscience, because securing his immediate survival rivals being responsible for the possible demise of others by not sharing with them. And I am completely ill equipped to deal with the inevitable downfall of society.


Recommended to Jim by: If you have questions or need assistance setting up your account please email pw pubservice. Books of the Week. His parents and his little sister had left town just before the earth started to shake and Alex was left all alone in a burning house with no one but himself and two friendly neighbors to rely on.

With that in mind though you see humanity peek through and Alex still has some of that. The merits and demerits of this first-person male narrative approach have been discussed elsewhere.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Strong, smart female protagonist: 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 decided to give this 3. As a scared kid, he is forced to used his skills in the beginning. How hard would you bite the hand that have fed you? Through the eyes of Alex we face thirst, hunger, exhaustion, cold, fear, pain, greed, murder and rape, but we also experience compassion, charity, faith, cleverness, lust, love, loyalty, braveness, strength, the will to survive and hope.


I was even tempted to categorize this as realistic-fiction because it flows and told like something that has happened already. In one encounter with such a beast, Alex finds himself face to face with death, and it’s only because of an wonderful woman Mrs.

There’s a lot of fear and the realization that the world as they knew it asgfall ended and that they must be wary of strangers in a way they never muke before.

He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives miles away.