[Review] Ashfall by Mike Mullin

by Mike Mullin
Publication Date: 
Expected publication: October 11th 2011
Hardcover, 466 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press

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.


My thoughts?

Okay so the first thought that came to my mind when I reached the last part of the books was, “That was it? Are you serious?” Clearly, I’d like some more of it. The book is great. I love it.

It was a little funny that when I was reading the book, I was thinking about the apocalypse that will supposedly happen this year. But no I am not a believer or anything. And aside from that, I was also thinking of that ancient city in Italy called Pompeii after the Mt. Vesuvius eruption. Yeah, did I mention I also got a liking to the male protagonist, Alex, because we are also a little alike in our fondness of History? And it’s pretty cool that a nerd like him can also fight.

I have read stories about survival and the like and I couldn’t grow out of it. This book is fast paced and you just had to ride your skis so you won’t be left with the flow. Why skis? Well read the book and you’ll get what I mean. Anyway as to the journey our hero has taken to find his family, I couldn’t stop myself from worrying about him actually. And the thing with this novel is it isn’t anything like you could just imagine from out of nowhere. It can seriously happen. And at some point, it’ll just come to you like this Ashfall would be in the near future. This is too realistic.

But aside from that all real stuffs of course, as a young girl with raging teen hormones, I get excited every time there’s a moment between Alex and Darla. Darla is a tough girl. Alex is the ever understanding and caring taekwondo blackbelter of a boyfriend. And you couldn’t just not love them together.

If other people had those times when they couldn’t put the book down or stop reading, I also have those moments when I just wanted more. It didn’t even occur to me that what I was reading at the last part was really the end. Seriously, I feel like there should be more. I’ve grown to love Alex and his adventures. This one is a five star book and check out the label for a five star on the right side of this blog and you’ll understand more of what I mean.


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4 responses to “[Review] Ashfall by Mike Mullin

  1. I had to smile when I read the line about the skis. As another who has read the book, I definitely understood the allusion. I love how spunky Darla is – that she doesn't have to wait around and wait for Alex to rescue her. ** Take heart, there is a sequel in progress; Mike has about 67,000 words written, or a little more than half of a manuscript.

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