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Ashfall by Mike Mullin
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it was amazing
bookshelves: adventure, arc, fiction, post-apocalyptic-fiction, review-copy, romance, speculative-fiction, young-adult
Read from June 13 to 16, 2012

Presenting Ashfall #1 Ashfall by Mike Mullin.

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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.

Ashfall is definitely different from the ones I have read before. Its contemporary, its sci-fi and its very much post apocalyptic. A very big and massive volcanic explosion and its definitely not pretty. The volcano under the yellow stone park exploded with massive consequences....destroying everything in its wake, spewing ashes far and wide and destroying life. It is in this ashfall that our protagonist Alex sets out to find his family.....skiing all th away to Warren, Illinois. This is one journey that Alex will never forget, meeting friends and foes alike, fighting for survival and for what is right, walking miles into the ashfall....a soul jarring experience. Maybe its true that it is our experiences that make us who we are not how and where we are born.

Ashfall is definitely a wonder.... an easy and an engrossing read. Mike Mullin cleverly weaves the story of a scared and alone teenager as he braves the volcanic ash in search for his family and the geographic setting of the eruption and the post eruption proverbial ashfall. Alex is the typical American teenager whose life takes on a new turn with the resulting disaster and he chooses to brave it in search for his family. Mike Mullin paces the story nicely giving us and the characters a chance to breathe and the situation to play out on its own. I'm definitely attacking the netgalley a-arc of the second book as soon as possible.

"Drastic and scaringly adventurous, Ashfall gives us a haunting glimpse of a psot volcanic eruption world and its so not pretty"
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