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(Ashfall #3)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  6,330 ratings  ·  749 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, 546 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
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
It's an incredible story of winning and losing, of struggling and percevering, of retaing your humanity at all times and of those who lose it, of love and passion, chance and calculation, knowledge and invention, hope and despair, faithfullness and betrayal. The darkness of the last night of humanity and the dawn of human resilience, all entangled. This series is my new number 1 of all stories of how one day the world went to hell in a handbasket and what became of it due to some truly amazing, ...more
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, ebook
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 Marie
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.
coconutsnbutts (♫ 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.
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 the
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
Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

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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
Nov 16, 2013 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. ...more
Andrew Hicks
Apr 08, 2014 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
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
Empress Reece (Hooked on Books)
Fantastic ending to a great series! I love how the author goes into such great detail on the how-to's of surviving a volcanic ash winter. If I ever find myself in that situation I'm going to have to put to test some of the ingenious contraptions Darla & Uncle Paul rigged. : )

Mar 24, 2018 rated it liked it
The moment is at hand for Mike Mullin and his Ashfall series: did he bring it to a resounding, stunning conclusion like Veronica Roth's Divergent trilogy or Neal Shusterman's Unwind dystology? Could he craft a finish that would brand these characters and their apocalyptic odyssey into the consciousness of readers for generations? The stage was set heading into Sunrise. Alex Halprin's long, winding road to reunite first with his parents, then with Darla after a flenser gang abducted her, brought ...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)
Wendy F
Jun 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
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,
Margaret Boling
7/16/13 ** Read the next draft!

6/10/13 ** Read a very early draft. :) Looking forward to changes.
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
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Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Short and Simple Review
This is yet another book in which it took me a long time to get to. I read Ashen Winter and here I am, seven years later, finally finishing this trilogy!

The book does do a decent job of reminding the reader what has just happened. I remember very little of the past two books except for the basic plot of book one (guy MC going to find family at Uncle's farm after supervolcano. Gets a girlf
Jul 15, 2012 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
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
Jan 09, 2014 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!
Sep 13, 2013 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
Feb 13, 2014 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
Oct 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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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 ve
A Book Vacation
Mar 12, 2014 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
Sarah (Workaday Reads)
Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this trilogy finale since the series first started. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but my worries were for naught. This finale fit perfectly.

The story was mainly focused on living and building a future after everything that’s happened. I like both the approach, and the way things played out. Well, not the way everything played out, there were a few surprise disasters that left me reeling and wanting to yell “how could that happen!” Of
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
"Nothing ages you like an apocalypse."

Another great installment in the Ashfall series. With a lot characters both in and out of the story - some come back and some go back away but all are intricately woven into the plot and details.

Alex is still trying to man his place and having way too much on his young shoulders. It's a crazy world they are in - full of Flencers and cold-hearted leaders out to get food. because food is a huge issue here. The winter has gone on too long - and very very few ha
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Oh, another great book to end a series with, it was just fantastic! Though there are a few questions (well, I just have one. Is Emily still alive?) and a few hard parts, like the hands, and his mom, well, things end pretty great, with a patch of blue sky!
Mar 23, 2013 marked it as to-read
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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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