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Sunrise (Ashfall #3)

4.23  ·  Rating Details ·  4,094 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the sur ...more
Hardcover, 542 pages
Published April 15th 2014 by Tanglewood Press
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and now it is over.

let's take a moment of silence to reflect on this trilogy.

i loved this series. i loved it like i have rarely loved a trilogy before. and for those of you who are still all weirdly snobby about reading YA (i was one of you - get over it) this does not read like what you are probably thinking of when you think of YA lit. it never has. it is one of the most well-conceived, well-researched set of books; heavy on both the practical survivalist/scientific detail and the action sequ
Mar 11, 2014 Giselle rated it it was amazing
Series that end on such a fantastic note like this one makes me want to scream and shout about how epic the ride was. Then follow that with a lot of ugly crying from it being over.

With this series, Mullin has created an amazingly realistic, plausible, and terrifying post apocalyptic story set in the aftermath of the Yellowstone volcano eruption. Throughout the series we have seen these characters go from scared teenagers only trying to live to see the next day, to strong leaders who are being b
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
RTC when I get home from work. This might be the most solid trilogy I've ever read.

August update: jfc how did I forget to review this? ugh. WHEN I GET HOME. MAYBE. MAYBE LATER TONIGHT. BUT IT WILL HAPPEN.

July 2016 update: god I hate it when I do this. This was such a good book. There was drama a-plenty and yet everything still wound up with a (basically) happy ending from what I remember.
Carpe diem (♫ נєѕѕι¢α  ♪)

You can tell this is probably going to be the more positive book in the trilogy. SO EXCITED.



Well, at least its not like a 15 year wait.

*cough*neal shusterman*cough*

super excited for this.
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise are, in that order: the good book, the better book, and the best book by far. In this final installment, Mullin shows a level of maturity that was beyond him in the previous two books, and proves to us that – while his characters slowly developed and grew – he was also busy becoming a much better writer.

I was not among those readers who fell madly in love with Ashfall. While I liked the story and even enjoyed Alex’s voice, I felt that the faulty pacing was impo
4.5 stars

Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

Sort of sad to see it end...
I'm expecting some great things from this author in the future, so I'm betting the best it yet to come.

If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic or dystopian genre, then the Ashfall trilogy is something you need to immediately check into. It's brilliant.

So. Lots of surprises in Sunrise.
Of course, the biggest surprise would have to be that No way! Please tell me that was some sort of dream sequence! Seriously?! Ahhhhhh! moment.
David Estes
Apr 03, 2014 David Estes rated it it was amazing
I haven't been doing reviews or even rating books lately, but I just had to for this book, and this series in general. This is an AWESOME series. There is so much to it, and the character development is extremely realistic and well done. And the author, Mike Mullin, pays so much attention to detail, and takes so much time to research and really learn the technical aspects of what he writes about. EVERYONE needs to read the Ashfall trilogy, one of the best post-apocalyptic series I've read.
Andrew Hicks
Apr 22, 2014 Andrew Hicks rated it liked it
I have this love/hate (and even kinda love-to-hate) relationship with author Mike Mullin. Of the YA authors I've read multiple books from, Mullin is by far the worst offender in 4 categories:

1. Hacky, meat-headed, laughably bad dialogue.
2. Describing at length things that are not important to plot or character while majorly glossing over things that are.
3. Contriving disconnected episodes to fill pages without advancing the overall plot.
4. Inserting gore purely for shock value.

And yet, despite a
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars
I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

‘I had always believed that the human race would survive the massive volcanic eruption at Yellowstone, would surmount this disaster, just as we had surmounted so many lesser disasters before. But [...], I wonder: did we deserve to survive?’

Sunrise is the final installment of the Ashfall trilogy. Alex and Darla continue their
Initial Thoughts: 3.0-3.5 stars. Loved the first book Ashfall, enjoyed the second book Ashen Winter. This book caused me to go through a few too many mood swings. There was a point where I almost put the book down for good - I was just so angry with the direction the story was taking. I took a few hours to compose myself and read a light romance and then went back to this book. The second half of the book went by a lot quicker and this is why I feel the book should be at about 3.5 stars.

The Rev
Unfortunately, these 3 Stars feel generous. I thoroughly enjoyed the previous two installments in this trilogy, but this conclusion seemed to lack...direction. Sunrise begins with a series of intriguing plot points emerging, from Alex's assumption of power to his increasingly volatile relationship with his mother. Yet, these issues are only briefly touched upon, never explored to a deeper potential, rendering the first-half of this novel quite dull. A snooze fest, really, as Sunrise focuses on a ...more
Actual rating: around 4.5. Have been hovering between 4 and 5 stars but I do tend to be stingy with the fives, so ... rounding down for now. Might change my mind later, depending on how well the book stays with me.

Sunrise was easily in my top five most anticipated YA releases of 2014. I'd appreciated/loved the first two books a great deal (somewhat to my surprise, as I'd started to burn out on dystopias by then and wasn't sure survivalist, brutal, post-apocalyptic settings would work any better)
Jul 17, 2013 Margaret rated it it was amazing
7/16/13 ** Read the next draft!

6/10/13 ** Read a very early draft. :) Looking forward to changes.
Apr 09, 2014 Shelley rated it really liked it
**I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

*Genre* Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
*Rating* 3.5-4

*My Thoughts*

"I cursed the Internet in the most inventive terms I knew -- by killing the telephone book and map business, it hadn't done us any favors." Alex in Sunrise

Alex Halprin and Darla Edmund's story comes to a satisfying conclusion in the finale of the Ashfall Trilogy. Sunrise appar
Jul 10, 2013 Emily marked it as to-read
October 30, 2012
I just finished the first two and I kind of need this one now.

The English major in me is coming out in analyzing the title - I can see it being a slightly happier book with slightly happier endings and no one dying because of its title. "Sunrise" is much more colorful and lovely than "Ashfall" or "Ashen Winter."

Or maybe that's just what I want to happen.

Either way. 2013, please come now.

February 8, 2013
I really want to know why the publication date has been changed to 2014. I m
Wendy F
It took me quite a while, but hey I finally finished this series! Yay me!

That was a really satisfying ending to the series. Everything worked out, but not so much that it felt like a pretty packaged ending.

I'm actually not sure what there is left to write about, so I'm not sure where Mullin is going with the 4th book. I'll read it, but I'm dreading it too because in order to make the book good he has to eff things up, and they've worked so hard and the ending was good.

It was raw, and violent,
Mar 03, 2014 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the third and final novel in Mullen’s Ashfall series. I got a copy of this book to review through NetGalley. I thought this book did a good job of wrapping up the series. I enjoyed some of the elements of survival and loved the hopeful ending.

Alex and Darla are trying to pull together and help people recover from the events in the last book. A few things become painfully clear, the farm isn’t going to be enough to sustain them long term, they aren’t welcome in town and town is not well-d
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

Now THAT is one epic ending to another wonderful trilogy. I can't believe it's over. There's no more Alex, Darla, Ben or even Ed. From the very beginning this story had my heart racing, mind swarming and hands sweating. This post-apocalyptic story COULD happen. The super volcano can happen. The repercussions that these characters go through can happen in real
Apr 02, 2014 Dre rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at Sporadic Reads.

After months and months of waiting for the last book from the Ashfall Series, I finally got my hands on the ARC in January for Sunrise. I knew what to expect, but I still couldn't help but feel like I was reading something unexpected. I do know that Alex and Darla's good luck are almost non-existent, and in a post-apocalyptic world, there really is so little room for breathing.

It was a scary thought that in this book, they not only had to worry about getting t
Apr 26, 2014 Skip rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Third book in the Ashfall trilogy. Nine months after a super volcano ruins the U.S., Alex and Darla are trying to create a sustainable life for themselves and their extended family, but the bad guys are making that hard by raids. Local strife and town politics push Alex to establish his own community, completely self sufficient and defensible. Mullin continues to mature as a writer, delving deeper into his characters, even within a continuing action-packed story of adversity. I liked this series ...more
And we have a title -- love it.

2013?!!! I need this one now!
Mar 23, 2013 Cameron marked it as to-read
Shelves: books-i-wan
Danielle (Love at First Page)
3-3.5 stars

Sunrise is the conclusion to Mike Mullin’s Ashfall trilogy, and I think it’s my favorite read of the bunch. It’s a fairly thick book, yet it felt like in no time at all I was reading the last page. It spans a longer period of time than the first books – we see two of Alex’s birthdays pass – and we are given a healthy mixture of tense action sequences, scary encounters, and the day-to-day living it takes to survive in this new world. I was fully interested in the happenings from start
Jun 26, 2014 kari rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya, 2014
Most of the dystopian series I've read seem to start out with an intriguing premise, leap into the action and end up in a great first book. Unfortunately those same dystopian series, Hunger Games, Divergent, and now Ashfall, seem to be only that one great book followed by increasingly boring follow-ups. I feel badly saying that, but darn if those series didn't each end in a big let-down, each for their own problems, but overall the same issue. After the first book, they really don't have anythi ...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Mar 13, 2014 Savannah (Books With Bite) rated it it was amazing
This is the last book in the Ashfall series and I’m super sad to see it end. From the moment I read Ashfall, I just knew I was in for an adventure of a lifetime.

Plot: One thing I really enjoy about this story is that the plot line is relatable. Every chapter that is written is well executed to detail. The reader is able to feel a wide range of emotions. Most importantly it feels as if you are in the story. The fight for survival, the fear of looking for food, savages, and sickness all makes this
Jan 30, 2014 Ashley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-arc
Sunrise by Mike Mullin - Waiting for the sunrise

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4.5 Stars

I'm thrilled to say that I LOVED Sunrise! I was a tad nervous going into it. Although I adored Ashfall, I wasn't completely happy with Ashen Winter. But Sunrise brought the epicness back!

Mike Mullin did an excellent job recapping the first two books. It was done slowly and subtly (rather than info dumping), and he only gave you the information as you needed it. As a result, I had no problem slipping right back into the story. I was very
May 08, 2015 Bibliotropic rated it really liked it
(Full review here:

The entire Ashfall series is a bit of a departure from my normal reading material. It could be considered speculative, since it deals with an apocalypse scenario and the aftermath thereof, but lacks many other hallmarks of speculative fiction (notably the supernatural element that’s very common in such works). Still, it’s a worthwhile journey with interesting characters who show a good amount of growth as the series progresses. It’s an
Dec 20, 2014 Michelle rated it really liked it
I'm really glad I read this whole series. It was entertaining and thought provoking. Start saving your kale seeds now folks haha.
Jun 04, 2014 Alan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
**Spoiler Warning**

Just to for warn any one who hasn't read the first two books, there's going to be major spoilers from both of those books.

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Mar 16, 2014 A Book Vacation rated it really liked it
Random thoughts prior to full review:

This is the third and final installment in the Ashfall series, and while I do really like it, part of me is left wanting. Years pass in this novel, and it's great to be back together with Alex and Darla, I do love them, but I almost felt like not much happened in this final installment. Well, let me state that another way; every time they were faced with a bad decision or sticky situation, it smoothed itself over almost immediately... even the scene where Ale
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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 ...more
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