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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.
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.
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 ›
There are some books that have an obvious problem with an obvious solution and then there are others that leave you scraping for answer to that one strange, mild feeling. But as much as you poke and prod and dig, you can't quite put a label on it. You know this bugged you, yet you also know that the book can't do without that. That event had to happen to escalate to the climax, even if it felt labored and lengthy. So then I try to pin it on the writing but Mullin's prose is stripped bare already--it's meant to be speedy and to the point. So why the heck did everything feel long and encumbered with stuff?
I think I know why. But let's get to the good stuff, shall we?
This book starts with a bang--literally. The first half flew, despite how windy the direction and events were. It felt sporadic but necessary. One thing Mullin loves to do is put his characters in the worse situations ever, and let me tell you, Alex, Darla and crew are in some physical and psychological pain through out the entire book. It's always fun (in a twisted way) to watch how they all scramble out alive, especially Alex. I swear, the dude faces the worst possible scenarios sometimes. Just when he hits the jackpot, that jackpot is literally sucked under a sheet of ice, down a strong watery current.
And what does Alex say?
"Well there goes all our supplies."
I might have been annoyed by his lack of panic but then again, this isn't the first time he's been stripped of everything. Plus, his situation was less worrisome (okay not really) and when you've already survived one horrible treck crossing over unfamiliar lands with crazy people and crazy weather, how horrible can it be when you know the land and know how to handle the people?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thrilling page turner as the story of Alex and Darla continues. I couldn't put it down and tore through it in a few hours. Highly recommend!Published 1 month ago by Jeffrey M.
Was an average read, skimmed thru some of it when things happening to main character were way out of the possibilty of survival was almost silly sometimesPublished 1 month ago by ken moser
I really enjoyed the book. It made me really contemplate what would happen if and or when Yellowstone blows. I liked the characterization of the main characters. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Marsha Ellis
Book number two of a three book series. Young adult post apocalyptic series about the Yellowstone super volcano erupting. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Lynn Mcguire
In Ashen Winter we find ourselves again with Alex and Darla and after some much needed rest and family time they are ready to leave in search of Alex’s parents. Read morePublished 4 months ago by BookWorm221
Both books keep you hooked in. Hope to get to the next one soon.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer