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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AND – she takes the initiative. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch it did cut down on the cafeteria budget. So many end of the world and survival stories take place in urban settings. Don’t get me wrong. What really interested me was the mechanism by which the government DID play an active role, and the extremely sinister aspects of that. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence.

Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin

I should really get around to planting that corn field This book wasn’t without it’s innocence asfhall young love People who like camping in the great outdoors…. Yep, that’s what we are talking about. The prominent role of government contractors in recent U.

The fire brigade arrives in spite of that, the next door couple takes him in and things are supposed to settle down, when hell literally breaks loose: It’s a natural disaster happening in the axhfall.

He was also hilarious and a typical boy at times that had me laughing out loud on many occasions. So don’t you die, too. This book deserves a better review than I’m writing. Do people of high character rise to the occasion, match wits with the disaster and the demons, and win muke few battles here and there?

It would have been really easy for him to just look out for himself but he realizes that he’s alive because of the kindness of others and he pays it forward when he can even when that’s the hard thing to do. He doesn’t have much sulking time though because something hits his house and crushes in the roof and sets the house on fire. People are collected on the road by soldiers cruising though the ash and have no chance at resisting being detained.


The urgent frenzy with which I tore through the pages. I harbored some relatively high hopes, but only because some of the earlier reviews sounded pretty convincing.

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For instance, I loved the scene in which Alex helps Darla pee in the refugee camp trench by “being her tree” to lean on and gets splashed in the process. Some people enjoy the struggle for survival. In a dark, cold world where there is little chance of survival, it’s nice to see that asshole-ness gy just wither away and die with humanity. Although Alex has taken taekwondo and can easily defend himself, he mullln feels fear, disgust, repulsion, and confusion both by his daunting task and the world he now lives in.

Can’t quite put my finger on it. Pancak I decided to give this 3.

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1) by Mike Mullin

I found myself shouting: Everything has changed ashfaol the volcano, and survival is on the top of the list. View all 42 comments. This is a book we will sell decently in hardcover and regularly for many years in paperback. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

It seemed too old.

His parents and his little sister had left town just before the earth started to shake and Alex was left all alone in a burning house with no one For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. Sep 08, Ari rated it really liked it Shelves: The pacing really needs to oscillate in order to keep things interesting. Loved Alex and Darla, their relationship developed naturally over the course of the story, never felt rushed or anything.

If there ashfall a poster-child for the perfect female heroine, Darla would be it. I’m sure we can all imagine what desperate people will do in these circumstances. 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.


It does make you think about survival skills and kits and what you would do if something like this happened. If and when it happens, there will be tremendous death and destruction on a global scale. It really touched me how Alex decided to follow his heart and not let himself be swept away by fear. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people asfall for food, clean water, and shelter.

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! Alex is very likable and not a wuss at all. His parents stopped arguing with him and have taken off to uncle Paul’s goat farm in Illinois with only his sister Rebecca in tow.

It is so refreshing to just love a book without it having some super serious plot and lots of angst.

Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin

Details of taekwondo moves, very realistic interpersonal relationships and descriptions of natural physical urges were just a few telling signs. Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. How can you tell the difference between a human and a person? The world building in this was so real that I half expected to wake up on a farm surrounded by ash myself.

One of the interesting aspects of the book is how the author incorporated issues of corporate greed and deference of government power and authority to private corporations. 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?

It is just that honest. The horror of their situation is not glossed over so we know when they are hungry, dirty and even how they manage their bodily functions.