REVIEW: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Hey All,

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.

Rating: 5/5

Recommendation: Pick this one up when it comes out on October 11th! You won’t regret it!


Comments ( 1 )

  • Tara says:

    I&#39;m in the middle of Ashfall right now. It kinda reminds of The Road in a way? Although, not as depressing…. <br /><br />You can re-download the galley as long as the publisher hasn&#39;t archived the title. I don&#39;t think they usually archive it til sometime after the release date. So you can download it as many times as you want and it will give you the 55-60 day expiration limit like

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