Sunday, July 17, 2011

Review of Ashfall (Ashfall #1) by Mike Mullin

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don't know it's there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

                        About Ashfall
We are introduced to Alex a seemingly ordinary teenager who has his own likes and dislikes. He isn't thrilled about certain family plans his family want him to be part of. Preferrring to stay alone at home. After that things couldn't get much worse. The world changes in front of him. What Alex took for granted is no longer there. Alex gives his experiences of various events as they unfold. Just when Alex was going to give up on everything he's saved by a very unwilling girl. 

Now Alex must live knowing he must find his family and hope things get better. The mood overall is dystopian but occasionally we see some moments of humor in the mostly dystopian atmosphere which is very life-like in general. Ashfall comes to being a supremely compelling read, just when you think you had enough you are burning to keep going. The first in a promising series.
For readers into new debut authors with a promising good series, this will be right for you. Recommended for young adults and mature older audiences too. If your favorite books are of the type along the lines of thrilling science fiction. Ashfall is as good as it gets.
                             Overall: Amazing read! 
                 Genre: Young Adult, Dystopia, Science Fiction

                      My Star Review 

Hardcover: 466 pgs.
Published: October 11th 2011 by Tanglewood Press

For This Review:*Advance Reader Copy Provided  by Publisher at Netgalley*

About the Author 
Mike Mullin has had several jobs in the past. He has presently settled on being a writer. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. Lives happily in Indianapolis with his wife and three cats. Ashfall his first novel is set to be published by Tangledwood Press. on October 2011. To visit him go to his website to be able to read the first chapter to Ashfall's sequel Ashen Winter to be published by Tanglewood Press in 2012.

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