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Ashen Winter (Ashfall) Hardcover – October 16, 2012
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"Teens who enjoyed Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games (Scholastic, 2008) and Michael Grant’s Gone (HarperTeen, 2008) will find Mullin’s story equally engaging."School Library Journal
As fast, furious, action-packed, and, yes, gruesome, as Ashfall (2011), this sprawling sequel follows the continuation of 16-year-old Alex’s journey with tough, gorgeous Darla through the ash and snow of a postvolcanic, dystopian Midwestern world.”Booklist
The cliffhanger ending leaves readers craving the next installmentand dreading what it may bring. A violent, desperate adventure in a chaotic, post-disaster world.”Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Since then, Mullin has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother’s business, Kids Ink Children’s Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant.
Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school — Captain Poopy’s Sewer Adventures. He’s been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall will be his first published novel.
Mullin holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit www.mikemullinauthor.com for more info about the author and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.
More About the Author
Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. ASHEN WINTER is his second novel. His debut, ASHFALL, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.
Top Customer Reviews
My feelings were invested in all their decision making. The pacing was fast and action packed! I was glued to every page, nothing was slow or left me bored. It was seriously like BAM! This happened BAM! That happened, BAM! Twists and turns were everywhere... this is a book I couldn’t put down, which hasn’t happened to me in a while. If you’re looking for thrills, action, romance and suspense all packed into one book, this book is for you!
*Received a copy for review, this in no way affects my review*
Problem after problem arises and while they are written as grand issues, they don't feel that big because there are so many of them. Some of the characters that we meet are annoying and I just wanted Alex to move on so I didn't have to read about them anymore.
The good parts were when the big things were actually happening. Wondering what would happen next with those moments kept me reading and interested. It still scares me when I think about something like this happening in our future, because I think the way people will behave will be quite similar to the world that Mullin has created. For that alone he is a wonderful writer, pulling the possible from the unthinkable.
ARC reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.
Book Received: For free from publisher in exchange for an honest review.
So I went into "ashen winter" a little leery. And I found a lot of the same. People who are so desperate that they're acting horribly (like the woman who tries to steal from them while they're sleeping AFTER they gave her what they had). But at least in "ashen winter" you get a sense of people coming together to do good. It seems like a more balanced story in that sense.
My main issue with this book is that it's trying too hard to be an action movie. There's very little in this book that's not running/being chased/exploding/being attacked/shot at/fighting/fleeing. It's CONSTANT and it's tiring as a reader. I wanted a little more character development.
The worst example is in the garage when Alex is trying to save Darla. He literally swings from spot to spot while hanging from beams on the ceiling. Then, he clings to the top of a moving vehicle and then later in the scene ends up clinging to the BOTTOM of the truck. It's just so Mission Impossible. And while that stuff might seem cool in movies, it just doesn't work in books, at least for me.
it is an interesting series, though, and I do want to know where it goes. I just wish the author would let the characters and the reader breathe a little instead of constant action/danger.Read more ›
In Ashfall we have Alex trekking across the country to find his family. There's devastation, brutality, gangs, and strange "refugee" camps. In Ashen Winter we have Alex trekking across the country to find his family. There's devastation, brutality, gangs, and strange "refugee" camps. I hope you noticed the repetition there. :P Although it was still an interesting book, I just don't feel like Ashen Winter brought much new content to the table. I didn't really learn any more about how the weather is doing or what's going on with the government. We do learn a bit more about the gangs and see them in more detail, but those are really just interesting filler bits. Ashen Winter lacks a strong, overarching plot progression.
Furthermore, I felt like in some ways, the book was a little anti-climactic. It's hard to go into detail without spoiling the story. Basically the book revolves around Alex searching for his parents. But when he finally finds them, I feel like they weren't what I was expecting.
Although I wasn't totally crazy about Ashen Winter , it did have its high points. We have some really interesting new characters including Ben, an insanely intelligent--but autistic--character. His sister, Alyssa, was less interesting. In fact, her complete disrespect for Alex's relationship really put me off. Where Ashen Winter really shines is in how it portrays the loss of humanity. Obviously this was a big point in Ashfall as well, but it's even more significant in Ashen Winter . We get a wider look at gangs, slavery, and even cannibalism.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Both books keep you hooked in. Hope to get to the next one soon.Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
I was extremely excited to start reading this book, after I raced to find it after completely the first book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Stella Anderson
This book was pretty meh to me. I despised the first book but read this one because I like to finish what I start.
I like this book more than Ashfall for several reasons. Read more
Alex blunders his way in and out of some horrible predicaments. This book kept me on the edge of my seat.Published 2 months ago by Shields
Give me a break with the kickboxing references... Every chapter doesn't need to showcase the author's love for Taekwando. Great story line and a fun read.Published 3 months ago by James T. Thompson