- Series: Ashfall Trilogy (Book 1)
- Paperback: 476 pages
- Publisher: Tanglewood; Reprint edition (October 16, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933718749
- ISBN-13: 978-1933718743
- Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (399 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Alex is a your average 15, almost 16, year old boy at the start of the story. His mom is nagging him, again, to go with the family to visit his uncle for the weekend. He gets out of it claiming homework, in reality he just wants to stay home and play video games with his buddies. And then the eruption occurs. Suddenly that sullen teen has aged ten years. His only thought is how selfish he was and how he needs to find his family. This drives the story forward as Alex ventures out to get to his family, to hug his mom and never let go.
I was impressed with the author’s research for this book. He made the eruption and subsequent events so believable, eerily so! I was completely drawn into the story, Alex’s plight, and the race for survival. BUT the violence — as other reviewers have pointed out — was brutal! By the end of the book, I was numb to it. I just couldn’t handle anymore. I would like to think the best of my fellow human beings, but I think the scary part of this book is that it portrays such an accurate representation of what could happen. People turn on each other again and again. Neighbors, convicts, even the government can’t be relied on. It’s a terrifying thought!
Overall I really enjoyed this book! It kept me on the edge of my seat, not able to turn the pages fast enough. The narrative style writing made it a quick and easy read, allowing me to be immersed completely in Alex’s story. And Darla....Darla is my hero. Just read the book and you will see why. But perhaps for me what made this such a great book is that it isn’t your typical dystopian. This story is about survival and what lengths you may or may not be willing to go to. Fans of dystopian should read this book ASAP, but fair warning it isn’t for the faint of heart.
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. It's about a natural disaster that alters everything about the way people live or die. Mullin describes the aftermath of the eruption in wonderful detail. The ashfall, the noise, the darkness, the weather changes, etc. It wasn't outrageous and it wasn't just for shock value. The survival tactics described were realistic and honestly, I found myself making mental notes for future reference! LOL It was FANTASTIC.
I fell in love with Alex and Darla. They were beautifully developed characters. They interacted together SO well. Their love was subtle and realistic. They didn't meet and instantly want to wrap their arms around each other and make-out. They actually fell in love at a real pace. This is something that is sorely lacking in YA novels. It was refreshing to finally read one where that was not so. Great job!
*This novel presses the Young Adult line a couple of times with a bit of cursing, gore, graphic violence, and sexual themes. Nothing too bad in my personal opinion, it's just real - but none the less, it pushes the envelope a bit.
* Mullin gives you a mini cliffhanger at the end of every single chapter! I literally could NOT stop reading. I was up well past bed time reading. Gotta love a book that does that to you. It seemed like such a long book before I began reading, but when I was finished I was so sad. I wanted more.
* I hate eating meat as it is, but this book pretty much ruined what minuscule bit of pleasure I had left when eating the occasional bit of meat.
* Taekwondo can be useful against a psychotic killer wielding a very sharp ax.
* Even when it seems all hope is lost, keep on trekkin'. Never give up.
This book went on my favorites list as soon as I finished it. I will be impatiently awaiting the second installment. If you like books that have anything to do with an apocalypse, you definitely need to read this!