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.
With nonstop action, a little romance, and realistic science, debut author Mike Mullin tells a mesmerizing story. Same goes with Mlulin as well, but I admired Darla and what she mik to go through slightly more than I did Alex. May 26, Jim rated it really liked it Recommends it for: In addition, Mullin never glosses over the facts or the hardships of living in a land filled with ash.
Some of my favorite parts of Ashfall were the detailed lessons of the different techniques Alex and Darla used to help them survive. Together they are a powerhouse, and it shows how much strength and ingenuity people can pull out when the challenge arises. It held such inspiration, morality, and hope in the pages. The girl kicked ass! It will be a long time before you get the taste of volcanic ash out of your mouth. Also, one thing that struck me mostly at the beginning, actually, it kind of calmed down as the book went on was how much Mr Mullin really liked his dramatic chapter ending sentence.
Wheat, corn and other staple crops; cattle, pigs, and poultry – all wiped out by the ashfall. Enough ash to cover a car on the street fell in his state. THAT, is a sign of a good book! There is nothing paranormal in this book. Farm-girl Darla, with her knowledge of machinery and creative use of all available items, is critical to most of the adaptations.
I think this choice was reasonable based on the ashfall zones from relatively recent eruptions see map in Pic 1. Apart from these very unwelcome mikr I practically read the book in one go. It was so realistic. Gotta finish the four other library books before I’ll let myself grab the second one in this series. Kirby This is fiction.
If there was a poster-child for the perfect female heroine, Darla would be it. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. After taking temporary shelter next door at his neighbors, Alex is forced to embark ashfaol a journey to find his parents. The sheer size of this volcano boggles the mind and should it decide to blow, life on earth especially North America would undergo some drastic changes.
Alex matures remarkably fast and becomes strong, resourceful, and dependable throughout the novel. I know signs would be placed up for people like me. It is a young adult book with a male main character, set in a location I know intimately well because I grew up there, and involving a super volcano eruption and its aftermath.
Where was the lavaaaa? It’s not as though anything will be all right, “all right. Apr 09, oliviasbooks rated it it was amazing Recommended to oliviasbooks by: A certain incident with a certain character and Alex’s actions had me seething and cheering for Alex for what he did.
And Ashfall spin kicked my expectations in the face. Lawlessness, violence, volcanic ash, and poor air quality make travelling dangerous. Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano.
This advice to sixteen year-olds did spark the discussion about what exactly the Naval Base in the middle of Upstate New York was for, and why there was a Naval Base where there was no water, ashfal was there really a nuclear reactor just outside of town, and mile we all knew it was there, didn’t the Russians know it mkie, and would they blow up our stupid little city and we wouldn’t have to drive towards New York City?
Darla is also fiercely loyal, funny, sexy and astonishingly vulnerable. There is a section just after half-way in this book that absolutely trod on my heart. My dad read this last week and loved it: This is me explaining that it took me about a month to finally be able to sort through all my thoughts in order to write my review and to be able to determine wholeheartedly that I enjoyed everything about this novel.
In many ways, he matches the image of a stereotypical fifteen-year-old boy – obsessed with video games, self-absorbed to an extent, detached from his emotions – but his growth over the course of the novel amazed vy. Alex is a normal teenager, self-absorbed in his own things, and he is excited to spend time on his own.
Not only is it refreshing to read a dystopian novel written by a male nullin, it was even more surprising to see it narrated by a male narrator — one who was witty, intelligent, and completely kick-ass. For me, this book is the best of everything in one of my favorite genres.
Ashfall – mikemullinauthor
My knees and arms hung over the edge of the couch. Alex luxuriates in his freedom of choice between doing his homework and collecting gold-nuggets in “World of Warcraft”, when something huge drops on his house and starts to burn.
I would have wanted to curl up and die at points, but they constantly pushed each other to keep learning and trying. The theme could have been easily over done, but instead it was treaded over lightly enough to provide readers with a visceral reaction and wonder what would happen right now as the result of a natural disaster?
Yes, it freaked me out a little okay, maybe more than a little at the prospect of something like this really occurring and yes I totally freaked out mul,in my complete lack of preparation for the end of the world.