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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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. Here are some critters that were fossilized by a previous eruption of the hotspot – the one in Idaho, mentioned above. We got to live through it with Alex while he was unaware of what was happening or why his house was basically falling down on him.

And if somehow this world comes to an end, just remember this book if you still canjust remember that you are still human. It could really happen. It was approximately page when I had very nearly given up on this book, that he really picked up and I began to enjoy his personal story.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Later, when he meets Darla aka the smart girlhe is totally impressed with her mechanical skills like the concept of a ashafll being able to do really cool mechanical things is a strange concept for qshfall teen boy. Also, one thing that struck me mostly at the beginning, actually, it kind of calmed mkie as the book went on was how much Mr Mullin really liked ,ike dramatic chapter ending sentence. Many of us watched coverage of those events, and I doubt that we will ever forget what we saw.

Everyone can associate with a good zombie apocalypse. View all 12 comments. Jan 13, Cara rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: As soon as the deafening eruptions stop and Aashfall manages mulllin climb out of his neighbors bathtub, oh and witness a guy being shot in the head he begins his trek to find his family.


Maybe I was already biased when I reached it, but I refuse to call the open, but hopeful, maybe even hesitatingly muolin finale a cliffhanger.

Not for the book, or the characters, but for the whole damn human kind. But I am also certain that part of my hesitance was caused by my reluctance to let go of the story, its characters, its grip on my mind and the still sharp-edged imprints on my inner eye. Everyone is out for their own and trying to survive. View all 13 comments. And a VERY much larger impact zone. I could feel myself being proud and disgusted all at the same time about situations that would arise.

Instead, he finds Darla. Mike Mullin is who I will befriend during the next apocalypse 7. The love between Alex and Darla was beautiful and refreshing, especially when compared to all the exaggerated and unconvincing romances we came to expect in postapocalyptic YA literature. The more applicable the situation to me is, the better.

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The people there are forced to survive. Burn Baby Burn – Ash. Carry a bo staff. There is a bit of romance in the book and I think it was very well done. Ashfall tells the story of 15 year-old Alex traveling f Actual rating: Let me also tell you how relieved I have been to read a young adult novel that was completetely devoid of instant-love and paranormally-induced dependencies, but surprised me with a lovely, lovely, love-story that depicts the slow birth of a realistic, strong relationship.

Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin

People who love pancakes. As a reference point, think about New Orleans in the days and weeks after Katrina. Recommended to Cara by: So here is what we are talking about. She was self-sufficient, strong, intelligent, flawed, and loyal. The relationship between Alex and Darla was so heartbreaking and realistic.


And the noise levels described in the days after the eruption might also be somewhat overstated.

I did not read a single chapter for two whole days after finishing “Ashfall” although I had more than one opportunity to grab a chunk of time. Des My mates over at Tanglewood Press have asked me not to review this book until a month prior to its release. Yes, there were times that I felt the book slowed down asnfall others where I found it so unbelievable that these kids couldn’t catch a break, but it worked in the long run. I look forward to seeing their romance develop because it has a ton of potential.

It’s science fiction I don;t like sci-fi and I loved itrealistic, a love story wound around an apocalypse, had adventure, and is so very well-written. You can read this review and lots of other exciting asbfall on my blog here. Other Books by Author. Mullin, that does not happen too often. After his house is destroyed, Alex sets off to rejoin his family. The room was bright-we’d built the fire up before we turned in.

I truly admired their attitudes through out the highs and lows of their travels. He doesn’t have much sulking time though because something hits his house and crushes in the roof and sets the house on fire. Society really does hang on a string, in my view. What really interested me was ashfaall mechanism by which the government DID play an active role, and the extremely sinister aspects of that.

BUT Alex knows Taekwando!