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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.
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We do not know much about super Volcanoes. The last time Yellowstone blew, 640,000 years ago, it deposited ash as far away as Louisiana. This book is set in Iowa which quickly gets covered with several feet of volcanic ash when Yellowstone suddenly erupts. The book is the story about a 15 year old boy and 17 year old girl walking to Illinois to get away from the disaster.
One should prepare in a very general nature for this and other types of events. History tells us that non-interesting times are limited in scope and tend to change quickly and violently. A very minimum set of things to do is:
1. three months of water storage for each person in the house
2. three months of food storage for each person in the house
3. some sort of protection against crazy people, I prefer guns and ammo
4. there are many other things that you can do to prepare for natural disasters, traumatic life events, national wars, civil wars, etc
BTW, I forgot to mention another warning of the book. In case of disaster, stay out of FEMA camps. They are run by contractors who are paid by the body count. I'm not sure that the bodies need to be warm.
Although there were weapons and physical/violent confrontations, I like that there was no "gun-porn" (paragraphs/pages full of descriptions of weaponry) and very little of what I call tacticool-ness (paragraphs/pages of descriptions of the blow-by-blow and shot-by-shot of physical confrontations). My eyes glaze over at that stuff and this author covered it briefly, but adequately for me to believe and follow the story without losing me. The only times the author lost me was when he used vocabulary that the main character would never use in real life. Things like detritus, sangfroid, abattoir, palanquin, sotto voce and many others. It was jarring to hearing a 16 year old use these words and took me out of the story briefly. (to be honest, I had to look a couple of them up because I didn't know their meaning). The characters were well-developed over the course of the series and I loved the "community building" in the final book. I wouldn't not recommend this for those under age 13. The violence and - <spoiler alert> **cannibalism** <spoiler alert> is probably a bit much for the younger crowd. There is some sexual content through-out the series but it is not frequent and not graphic but it is there.
I hope Mike Mullin keeps writing in this genre. It's obvious that he has researched survival techniques and I'd love to see a new series in a new setting with a different catalyst (economic collapse, EMP, pandemic, etc.) I originally read this series via check-out (on my Kindle) from the public library but I enjoyed it so much, that I am purchasing my own copies, for both reference, and to support an author who has something important to add to this genre.
P.S. I'll never look at kale in quite the same way after this series. I purchased several packages of seeds and I'm going to be planting some this fall - you never know - wink, wink.
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