Editorial Reviews. Review. In this chilling debut, Mullin seamlessly weaves meticulous details about science, geography, agriculture and slaughter into his prose. In this grim, postapocalyptic tale, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, covering much of North America in volcanic ash and plunging the world. Assistant editor Drucilla Shultz recommends The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin, a natural disaster adventure story following year-old Alex.

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No money or gifts were exchanged for this review. Do people of high character rise to the occasion, match wits with the mulln and the demons, and win a few battles here and there?

While the pain and suffering Alex witnesses and experiences is visceral, so are the moments of hope and glimpses of human goodness. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Darla grabbed the woman’s coat and got right in her face. Darla is a mechanic and an innovator, she is interested in tools and she is, without a doubt, the tough one in their relationship. She was self-sufficient, strong, intelligent, flawed, and loyal.


And then some one would bring up, but what about Boston, why don’t we drive towards Boston? Let me clarify that statement. In the first chapter a giant piece of rock destroys fifteen-year-old Alex’s Here are the three C’s of how I would react if a supervolcano exploded near my hometown: Mike Mullin was even kind enough to pop in and answer a few questions.

The hero is not perfect and he is not able to do everything well; in fact he is pretty much a normal teenage kid. View all 17 comments. With that in mind though you see humanity peek through and Alex still has some of that.


Until the eruption he has never had a reason to use his skills against a person for survival. Loved Alex and Darla, their relationship developed naturally over the course of the story, never felt rushed or anything.

But as we all know disastrous situations have a tendency to bring out the worse in a person. I never expected her to crash so hard view spoiler [after the convicts raped and murdered her mother hide spoiler ]. The entire Midwest appears to be effected by gray skies, extremely cold weather, demolished infrastructure, lack of government and authority and a complete lack of incoming food shipments. The author makes us realise the painful way that we do not need a rampant zombie-virus or galactically enhanced physical abilities to turn us into ugly beasts: When I was reading “Ashfall” I automatically compared it to two other dystopian road-trip stories I have read recently: The boyfriend bit I could live with.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. In the first chapter mikke giant piece of rock destroys fifteen-year-old Alex’s mikw, and right away he decides to venture out into the ash and find his family.

You asked if you could ask me something. Yet the tenacity that Alex demonstrates, his struggle to hold onto his own life and hope for that of his family, and the ways in which he is forced to grow throughout the story are convincingly crafted. It scared the hell out me though ashtall I’m really not ready for a situation like this.


Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy learning to survive on his own after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts. Then there is Darla.

In a world that doesn’t resemble at all the world as we know it, where it is raining with ash, ashfa,l it’s freezing to death, and sun is only a memory from before the volcano eruption, Alex has one purpose: Ashfall tells the story of 15 year-old Alex traveling from Cedar Falls, Iowa to Warren, Illinois after the supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park unexpectedly erupts.

Why yes, there is! How fast can you run, when you have nowhere to go? While on his trek, Alex stumbles upon a fellow teenager named Darla.


Children’s Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin. Tanglewood, $ (p) ISBN

Mar 16, Tink Magoo is bad at reviews rated it it was amazing Shelves: Through Alex, he portrays the human side of disaster with aplomb as well: For me, this book is the best of everything in one of my favorite genres. I probably shivered more than once while reading this. This one actually scared me.

No, we’d given that up on our own. I’d have been dead. mmike

Her character had ashfll many flaws, but they all added to her sheer perfection and relate-ability. I will definitely be reading the next in the series. This story is told in Alex’s point of view.