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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Ashfall Discussion 3 12 Oct 10, My mates over at Tanglewood Press have asked me not to review this book until a month prior to its release. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Do that for hours, and if you’re still not bat-shit crazy, you’ll know how we felt. Ashfall, by Mike Mullin. Sure he has some skills that a normal teen might not have- he zshfall kick your ass with his karate skills I mean Ashfqll but he really thinks like a normal teen. The only bad thing about Darla is that you have to read a little over a hundred pages to meet her, but she is awesome!

Ashfakl we are first introduced to Alex, he is just an ordinary teen, nothing special. I seem to be one of the very few that found this book a little on the average side. Physical attraction muolin not even the first thing for them because really, they are not looking their best.

In the latter two novels the leaders at least act true to their strange religious believes. My dad read this last week and loved it: In one encounter with such a beast, Alex finds himself face to face with death, and it’s only because of an wonderful woman Mrs.

For me, this book is the best of everything in one of my favorite genres. And yes, that is volcanic ash that surrounds them and covered them before it was cleared away. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.


Therefore it is essential for me to point out how unartificial Alex voice felt in my opinion and how the author somehow made me swallow everything he handed over in sweet docility without letting me even think of talking back. But I am also certain that part of my hesitance was caused by my reluctance to let go of the story, its characters, its grip on my mind and the still sharp-edged imprints on my inner eye.

But, even with all his various brushes with death I mean, there were a multitude of themhe manages to find the one thing that will give him his extra edge- Darla. View all 30 comments. Now, I’m not sure how people feel about love in a dystopian world Um, I’m all for it, clearly but this wasn’t really what I was expecting when I started this book.

This feels like it’ll be my third-favorite dystopian series, after Hunger Games and Unwind.


Mullin puts his hero through hell—and we get a front row seat. It was approximately page when I had very nearly given up on this book, that he really picked up and I began to enjoy his personal mjke. In my review of the third book on Goodreads, I said that I wished that this series was longer.

The book opened strong and I was really happy to see that, but hit a small plateau. There mulin nothing paranormal in this book.

As soon as the deafening eruptions stop and Alex manages to climb out of his neighbors bathtub, oh and witness a guy being shot in the head he begins his trek asjfall find his family.

The room was bright-we’d built the fire up before we turned in. Alex is characterized by the decisions he makes when confronted with moral dilemmas—dilemmas that have no straightforward, correct answers—resulting in a realistically thoughtful protagonist dealing with complex and horrifying situations.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

Not glossing over body functions, but making them part of the whole catastrophic mess adds another layer of believability. Then I learned about the Yellowstone Super Volcano. Mikw who like camping in the great outdoors….


I liked axhfall both as separate characters and I loved them together too. The pacing really needs to oscillate in order to keep things interesting.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin

Additionally, one thing you might want to consider is the geographic area for the setting of Ashfall has several nuclear power plants several! Everyone is out for their own and trying to survive.

Thankfully, the book picks right up after Alex meets Darla. Loneliness suffocated him as he searched for his family. Alex sets off on foot and skis on a trek across Iowa to find his family and discovers so much more along the way. He always possessed a purpose, whether it’s finding his family or protecting Darla, and his assiduousness guided him in his journey through a changed, unforgiving world.

Ashfall In what follows, I will focus as usual on big-picture aspects of the story, and stay mostly away from plot details. Common sense told me to quit at midnight, but I soon turned the light on again and read two more hours.

Darla is also fiercely loyal, funny, sexy and astonishingly vulnerable. Jun 18, Thomas rated it really liked it Shelves: 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. I should really get around to planting that corn field And the clear motive of the company receiving the outsourced job was not to help or support society, but instead to profit.

Over the years, these tales have begun to possess similar plots, events, scares, and attitudes.