Title: Ashen Winter
Author: Mike Mullin
Publication: October 14th 2012 by Tanglewood Press
Received: Received on Netgalley
Rating: 5 out of 5
Blurb: It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano.
My thoughts: A very realistic post apocalyptic tragedy. I love Alex and Darla’s relationship with each other. When Alex is at the brink of turning into a character I can’t identify with, Darla is there pulling him back to reality and making him the kind of hero everyone can love.
This kid has been through a lot. The super volcano basically destroyed the entire US, and because of the ash clouds there will be no summer, which means, no food, and with all the crazies out there, not zombies but your everyday humans gone insane, it’s even more dangerous for Alex and Darla.
I love the fact that Alex has parents he appreciates and worries about. I like that he’s not your usual hero either. He has some serious emotional reactions to the things that happen to him but even when things seem so bleak he can’t make it through there he is, fighting through it. If I were stuck in a post apocalyptic world, I’d want Alex on my team.
I also like the fact that Mullin made this very scientifically sound. This is what would happen next if Yellowstone blew up. He consulted professionals for feedback (because I read the acknowledgments folks) to make sure he had his fact straight. You can’t go wrong with an author that pays such close attention to detail.
If you haven’t read Ashfall yet, please do because that’s where it all begins, and it’s a fantastic read. I plan on picking up Ashen Winter when it hits shelves in October and you should too! Mike Mullin is a fantastic storyteller that has told a story nobody else ever thought of.
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