Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Mike Mullen. Ashfall book one.

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Book Description

 October 14, 2011
Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don’t realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption.

For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.


This book is post apocalyptic story of a boy and a girl. As the ashes causes a new winter in a world that has passed the best before date on it's notice, as a volcano erupts killing...well who knows how many. As all these things happen people turn into murderers. They hunt, they steal and sometimes they kill. A midst all this we have our main protagonist and his new girl Darla trying to survive. For a spoiled brat out boy does not do to bad but it is Darla that becomes the hero. And our protagonist is best defined by his admiration for a girl who is physically stronger than most men. Who can work from dusk till dawn and then some. For a girl that needs him not to protect her as much as she needs him to be there for him.

None of the above make our boy feel insecure. In fact it turns him on and I loved this about the book. The fact that the characters are truly strong people not characters portrayed as being strong based on how many times they do not faint.

It has been some time since I last enjoyed a book in this genre this much. The humor is at times lol, though never overdone. The world building is expertly done. I would love to follow this author and see how he grows in his craft. My one complaint. Over use of fractured sentences.

Get your copy guys. It is a really good read.


About the author:

Mike Mullin's first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn't last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he's really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. ASHEN WINTER is his second novel. His debut, ASHFALL, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.


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