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Ashfall (Ashfall Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Mike Mullin
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Book Description

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

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. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.

Editorial Reviews


“This post-apocalyptic tale is one that combines reality with the stuff of nightmares, crawls under your skin, and forces you to question your own courage and survival instincts.”

— Marissa Meyer, author of Cinder

About the Author

Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious.
Since then, he 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. Mullin 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.
He 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. 
He holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit for more info about the author and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.

Product Details

  • File Size: 512 KB
  • Print Length: 474 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1933718552
  • Publisher: Tanglewood Press (October 14, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005TJNMV6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,466 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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49 of 54 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
Ah, I love a good apocalypse in the morning!

Alex, just your average teenage guy, is home alone for the weekend. He's just chillin' in his bedroom playing WoW when, all of a sudden he hears a massive crashing sound and the house practically caves in on itself. This is within the FIRST CHAPTER. To pretense here! Mike Mullin does not mess around!

A supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park has erupted, spiraling the world into darkness and chaos. Alex doesn't waste time in leaving to find his family. Only, they are over 100 miles away in Illinois. How will he ever make it there? He sets out on foot (and skis!) on a journey that changes his life forever.

It's a battle to survive. People are starving, freezing to death, getting stuck and trapped in their homes in the two and three feet of ash, and the snow on top of that. The ash and darkness isn't even the biggest issue at hand. There are people with guns around every corner. Then you have your looters, murderers, rapists and let's not forget the cannibals.

"For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own."

Along the way Alex meets Darla. A strong willed, tough girl. At first she wants nothing more than to get him out of her home, but eventually they become as close as two people can get. After a couple of devastating events, they are forced back on the road. Together they endure a FEMA refugee camp where things are worse off than traveling alone on the road. Escape soon becomes their number one priority.

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The numero uno thing I truly appreciated about Ashfall was how real it was. This isn't a paranormal book.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Review from a 5th Grade Teacher September 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I try to read some of the latest books out there before buying a hard copy for my classroom. I will definitely not be buying this one. While this book is very intriguing, I find it interesting that the book level is recommended for 12 years old and up. In my opinion, it is definitely intended for an older audience. I was appalled by the sexual and violent content. I wouldn't want my 12 year old kid to read this, nor do I think my middle school students are ready for a book like this. I understand that the violence is probably somewhat realistic to how things would be if we lived through a super volcano, but I still don't think middle school kids are ready for a book with this type of content. The reading level of this book probably is at 12 years old, but the recommended age should be high school and above.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not For Children Under 16 January 25, 2012
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I usually read books before my children do to see if they are appropriate for them to read. My daughter heard about this book when a member of the PTA from her school recommended it to her 6th grade class as a great read. That being said, I was comfortable to let her read ahead of me. One night she came to me and told me she was no longer comfortable reading the book. I asked her why and she told me the content was becoming really inappropriate. I quickly read the book to see what it was that bothered her so much. I was shocked at how graphic the book is. It contains profanity, rape, sex and a lot of violence. I personally thought that the story was interesting and enjoyed reading it myself, but it I STRONGLY disagree with the suggested age of readers. All in all I think it is a good read for kids 16 and up. Do not let your younger children read this book. I look forward to reading the second book in the series.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and disquieting. December 3, 2011
I first heard about Ashfall around the time when my hubby and I were planning our Trans-America trip and we've been spending hours after hours searching through the depths of Uncle Google for interesting places, landmarks and other must-see things along the way. I remember my husband showing me pictures of Yellowstone National Park, and how out-of-this-world beautiful it looked like, with all its unique vegetation, geysers and hot springs. I wanted to go there so bad! And that's when I saw someone's Waiting on Wednesday post, spotlighting Mike Mullin's Ashfall... And the book sounded so fascinating: a Yellowstone Volcano eruption covers a great portion of North America in a blanket of ash? How cool does that sound?! I knew that I had to get my hands on it! I read it the same day I got it in the mail. I couldn't bring myself to put it down. I loved it. I then re-read it - which is not something that I usually do, as I simply don't have enough time! Yes, it was that good! Compelling, disturbing, touching, thought-provoking - Ashfall is all that and more! Its power lays in it's realistic grounding, after all The Yellowstone Caldera is known for the most violent eruptions, ones that had previously released vast amounts of ash into the atmosphere, leading to extinction of many species. The most scary part? It could happen again. Anytime.

"I was home alone on Friday evening. Those who survived know exactly which Friday I mean. Everyone remembers where they were and what they were doing, in the same way my parents remembered 9/11, but more so. Together we lost the old world, slipping from that cocoon of mechanized comfort into the hellish land we inhabit now.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new teen author!
Ashfall, Ashen Winter, Sunrise and the short book Darla's story is one of the best must read trilogy out now! Mullin is brilliant and his characters are fantastic! Read more
Published 2 days ago by Tim
5.0 out of 5 stars Super Series
I am always searching for a good read. Dystopian and Amish Fiction are my favorites. Yeah I know, kind of the exact opposite, but I think they balance each other and me! Read more
Published 6 days ago by Lynn And Berry Duxbury
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but mostly for teens
Nice story and I enjoyed it. Definitely aimed at teens I would say but still quite good.
Give it a try!
Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, holds your interest
Loved this book which I happened to stumble on in my library's e-version. It's a story that you just want to go on and on.
Published 21 days ago by LisaC
5.0 out of 5 stars .
Very good book. I really liked it. The author does a good job making it seem realistic and real. Recommended.
Published 23 days ago by Gabi
5.0 out of 5 stars Unputtdownable, Edge of Your Seat Dystopian
Well this was super good. I picked up Ashfall and literally didn't stop reading for about 80 pages. I mean I didn't even move from where I was standing. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Buggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin
It feels like this book was on my TBR list forever. The original cover kind of turned me off and I didn't feel the need to read it right away, even though I heard the book was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by JennRenee
3.0 out of 5 stars Review for Ashfall
The story was not bad, but there were many moments in the book where it was very slow. The chapters seemed to go on and on describing Alex skiing on ashes.
Published 1 month ago by Linda Ann Boone
4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling story of an event that could happen!
The books were recommended in a very exciting way by my young (almost 14) grandson. I am always excited to see a grandchild recommend a book to me so I try to share their... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lucille Paynter
5.0 out of 5 stars I was in two regarding my star rating. In the end I decided to make...
This book is post apocalyptic story of a boy and a girl. As the ashes causes a new winter in a world that has passed the best before date on it's notice, as a volcano erupts... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wanda
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More About the Author

Mike Mullin's first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn't last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he's really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.

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.

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