Get ready for a slew of reviews!
The Blurb: 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.
The Short Stick: Terrifying, endearing and exciting
The Goods: I love Mike’s writing style! It was so easy to get into the story that I found it really hard to put down from the beginning. I also loved all the little intricacies and the way that he simulated this volcanic eruption. It reminded me a lot of Dante’s peak with a much cooler central character. Also, loved the neighbors, the gay couple supposed to be looking after Alex, what a hoot those two were. The realism was also something that caught me off guard with this one. Basically, everyone reacts the way you’d expect them to in a crisis like this. I know it’s like a lot of books to pull us out of our reality, but this one was just so logical, I often found myself thinking that I’d say and do and think the same things if I were in Alex’s position.
The Not So Goods: Netgalley and expiration dates. I didn’t realize that I only had so long to read the book so after the unputdownableness became unavoidable, I mean I had to eat, I had to feed my kids, I kinda looked at the publication date and realized ouch, October. So I thought, lots of time to post my review and to read the end of the book. *sigh* So I’m reviewing what I did read, which I thought was amazing and fantastic and then hanging onto the edge of my seat until October when I can snag myself a copy. Note to self: read faster.
Recommendation: Pick this one up when it comes out on October 11th! You won’t regret it!