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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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There were several times reading this where I was literally terrified of what was happening or what would happen next for Alex. Because we keep thinking that we are the kings of the world, but are we?

View all 30 comments. We learn that the super volcano at Yellowstone has exploded. Customer Service If you have questions: Teen readers will connect with the characters and wonder — could they do what Alex has to do to survive? Alex was able to hear the volcano erupting for days and he lives over miles from qshfall. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction. Society really does hang on a string, in my view.

What is so amazing about this book, among many things, is that it reads as a day-to-day survival story. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. This book had the ability to make me feel ashamed of the human race at times.

He literally broke down everything he did. Overall Fun, ashhfall, fun. Darla was definitely one of my favorite female leads in recent memory, and I will continue to emphasize the critical importance of intelligent, proactive women whenever I find them in my reading.

So imagine the super-volcano at Yellowstone National Park erupted and caused the grid to fall, no more electricity, no more travel by car or plane, food is scarce, ash fall causes roofs to fall in and buildings to cave, people start looting and acting like maniacal animals The urgent frenzy with which I tore through the pages.


View all 4 comments. After the eruption people are starting to starve, and they transform themselves in predators, they hunt, they steal, and they kill. Yep, that’s what we are talking about. The Good Everything, and I mean everything, about this novel was spot-on amazing.

Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin

Will the effects of a major eruption be devastating for all life within a radius of hundreds of miles including human, if we survive all those other apocalypses that may come sooner than this one? This particular flood plain is the floor of the Yellowstone Caldera, northeastern portion.

Though this hits the end of the world feel right on, it is a strangely a life-affirming book. Parts of this site are only available to paying PW subscribers. AND – she takes the initiative. A short statement concerning the ending: Books of the Week. But, if the end of the world story happens to be about a natural disaster — say like a massive volcano eruption — then I am in heaven. There is no bomb or no alien invasion to blame. Apr 09, oliviasbooks rated it it was amazing Recommended to oliviasbooks by: Alex and Darla were perfectly imperfect and real.

This book deals with themes of government oppression and corporate greed that vaguely felt silly to me. This is not a romance but it has one of the most tender and romantic relationships I’ve seen in a long time both in YA and adult fiction. The setting is rural eastern Iowa and north western Illinois and the super volcano erupts in Colorado, spewing ash and emitting horribly loud booming noises miles away to where this story takes place. You are dehydrated, exhausted, starving, fighting to keep going and then you find a gas station It’s rare in young adult books that the female mc is cooler than the male one but it happens here.


This book deserves a better review than I’m writing. Then the supervolcano erupts, sending a chunk of rock through the roof of his house and spewing endless ash, darkness and winter into the skies.

The last thing anyone expected to happen was a colossal volcano in Yellowstone to erupt, leaving the land surrounding it covered in ash for miles — even as far as Iowa. Alex is not the type of asexual teen that can kill a person but never feels anything below the belt like we see in a lot of YA.

Darla and Alex come alive on the page, playing perfect complements to one another.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in. In the latter two novels the leaders at least act true to their strange religious believes.

People are collected on the road by soldiers cruising though the ash and have no chance at resisting being detained. Her character had so many flaws, but they all added to her sheer perfection and relate-ability. And the guards, Captain Jameson, there were people just like me.


It could really happen. See, when you are teen trying to act like an adult, sometimes you need to make adult decisions. There isn’t really insta-love in this book and thank you Jesus and Mike Mullin for that.

Alex and Darla are flat out amazing! How can mime tell the difference between a human and a person? I felt so sad, I can’t even put into words how much disappointment and anger I have felt.