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Ashfall (Ashfall Trilogy) Paperback – October 16, 2012
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“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
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 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
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.Read more ›
"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.Read more ›
In ASHFALL, Yellowstone National Park explodes in gigantic volcanic event that sends millions of tons of ash into the air. (For those who don't know it, Yellowstone sits on a spot on the earth where the mantle is very thin. The hot springs and geysers are one result of the superheated caldera.) The reader is introduced to Alex Halprin, a rather regular 16 year-old kid, and his family. And for the first time in his life he's left alone at home for a few days while his sister and parents go and visit their uncle. It unfortunately coincides with the end of the world as we know it.
Readers who enjoy action dystopias will like this book. It falls into the guy-friendly category, although there is a bit of a romance with a girl Alex meets. It's not your typical mushy romance though, and Darla is such a strong character that I think guys are going to really like her. She's a tough farm girl.
The initial scenes of the book are gripping and you'll be pulled right in. I won't say more except that for the most part action sequences develop logically. Alex is a martial arts student, but not a genius and not a super hero. You won't need more than a first level 'suspension of disbelief' to enjoy this story.
Not for Tweens. There's some profanity and some sexual content. Lots of violence and all of the dark tone isn't because the sun's obscured.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just didn't like this book. It follows all the dystopian tropes and YA tropes and I just didn't find it compelling or original, though I did enjoy the science behind it.Published 3 days ago by Angie N.
I liked the book. I think its mostly for teenagers, but I am 51 and still found it to be a real page turner. It was really good. Read morePublished 18 days ago by leigha
This was a great book and I would recommend it to anyone that likes post apocalyptic stories. Definitely going to read all the other books in the trilogy.Published 25 days ago by doodlebug
I could not quit reading any of the series. I guess it is probably targeting a younger market but I found it interesting. I'm 73 but young at heart.Published 27 days ago by wmoelke
The science behind Ashfall was spot on, and the explanation in the back was very interesting and helpful. Read morePublished 28 days ago by Kathy L. Baumann
Would have got four stars but some word use questionable. Few 16-year-olds have the vocabulary the narrator has.
But the premise is valid, action reasonable. Read more
The frequent stomach turning descriptions of gruesome gore, were too much! I stopped reading after the third or fourth such incident at about 23% of the Kindle book, couldn't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Hall
I was swept into this book and riveted to the end. I am ready to jump into book 2, lucky for me I have it!Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Though I enjoyed this book I did find the skills of young Darla just a little to far fetched. There was nothing she couldn't do from building a gristmill to making skis to saving... Read morePublished 2 months ago by shoppingnut