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 loved at the end that the author Mike Mullin included information about the research asfall had done and how he had combined several scientific findings to create what he believed to be a realistic possibility if a Yellowstone supervolcano were to actually happen.

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Yet the tenacity that Alex demonstrates, his struggle yb hold onto his own life and hope for that of his family, and the ways in which he is forced to grow throughout the story are convincingly crafted. Along the way Alex does make a couple of really dumb decisions —not to the fault of, but with kudos to the author.

Shark Week, Storm Chasers, I watched them all. The fire brigade arrives in spite of that, the next door couple takes him in and things are asfall to settle down, when hell literally breaks loose: Thankfully, the book picks right up after Alex meets Darla. Muplin got so angry with him -are you crazy, giving away your meager supplies to that woman and her kids, its every man for himself out here.

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 mioe journey. 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. Her character had so many flaws, but they all added to her sheer perfection and relate-ability.

As a reference point, think about New Orleans in the days and weeks after Katrina. The Good Everything, and I mean everything, about this novel was spot-on amazing. For me, this book is the best of everything in one of my favorite genres.

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Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

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. View all 25 comments. Jun 18, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: The boyfriend bit I could live with. The characters are inspiring, the messages universal, and the sequel is coming out far too long away.

Despite what you’ve been told, Obama will not save you from a slow and excruciating demise 9. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch it did cut down on the cafeteria budget. But I am also certain that part of my hesitance was caused by my reluctance to let go of the story, miike characters, its grip on my mind and the still sharp-edged imprints on my inner eye.

Children’s Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin. Tanglewood, $ (p) ISBN

Alex is a normal teenager, self-absorbed in his own things, and he is excited to spend time on his own. Overall, the story of survival and strength wshfall a beautiful one. Here are the three C’s of how I would react if a supervolcano exploded near my hometown: The author makes us realise the painful way that we do not mke a asbfall zombie-virus or galactically enhanced physical abilities to turn us into ugly beasts: The world building in this was so real that I half expected to wake up on a farm surrounded by ash myself.

It has action, lots of bad people, a bit of good ole fashion violence, a really smart girl that puts Alex in his place, and a sweet romance with the smart girl no less.

And OMG has this book alarmed me. Alex is very likable and not a wuss at all. But I seriously have NOT read a book since the Hunger Games that has given me such a rush of pulse pounding excitement; not knowing if they were going to survive from one page to the next. My all-time favorites were the volcano shows. With the electricity out, the sun hidden behind a cloud of ash, an Ashfall was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Tanglewood.


So many end of mulin world and survival stories take place in urban settings. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the ashgall to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. That was probably the best muliln of the book. After the eruption people are starting to starve, and they transform themselves in predators, they hunt, they steal, and they kill.

Wheat, corn and other staple crops; cattle, pigs, and poultry – all wiped out by the ashfall.

Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin

So where do you draw the line between humanity, sacrifice, and survival? After taking temporary shelter next door at his neighbors, Alex is forced to embark on a journey to find his parents.

Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Unfortunately, this led to a highly anticlimactic ending. Now, Alex is forced to journey to find his parents — at any cost. Alex grows up fast and goes in search of his mulln. It may not happen for many millennia, but there are good reasons to keep an eye on that enormous caldera.

As Mullin writes in his author’s note, he relies on scientific speculation for some of the events in Ashfallbut his research in regard to reading accounts of past volcanic explosions paid off for sure. You take this stuff, and you keep yourself and your kids alive. While on his trek, Alex stumbles upon a fellow teenager named Darla.

Let me clarify that statement. Those who survived know exactly which Friday I mean. How can you tell the difference between a human and a person?