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As the Ash Fell

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  378 ratings  ·  61 reviews
Life in the frozen wastelands of Texas is anything but easy, but for Clay Whitaker there is always more at stake than mere survival.

Yellowstone, along with two other Super Volcanoes, exploded with a tremendous fury following months of heightened seismic activity worldwide. The devastating eruptions released unmeasurable quantities of ash into the atmosphere. Coastlines
Paperback, 470 pages
Published April 23rd 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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May 23, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still on the fence about how to feel about this one. On the one hand, there were some problems: POV errors (which is kinda a writer's pet peeve and won't bother the average reader), some plot holes that I had to suspend my disbelief for, a few slow spots.
On the other hand, it was a really enjoyable read, which is what a book is supposed to do. It definitely wasn't at all fast-paced, though it had its moments but it was well written and you could see that the author poured a lot of
*Suzy (ereaderuser)*
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
All around decent book showing the struggles of a family trying to survive in the aftermath of an apocalyptic event.

There is some action, but the story is more focused on a young father trying to raise his adopted children in a society where evil is commonplace, but kindness can still be found.

May 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Positive Content: Strong heroism, strong sense of right and wrong, strong characters, male and female, unique premise, intense, exciting, and fun. It has interesting thoughts on spirituality, morals, prayer, God, and hope.

Negative Content: Violence/blood, a couple kisses multiple times (though not in a suggestive context), mature elements of sexuality (men using women etc.) but nothing is shown or described. Cannibals are depicted though not in detail.

Movie Rating: PG-13 – for strong intense
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it
When I read a post-apocalyptic book I expect lots of action. It took a couple of chapters for me to realize that this wasn't going to be action packed, and to gear back my expectations.

This is more of a character study, not just of the main character, Clay, but of the world he lives in. Different types of leadership are contrasted, different ways of coping with the world, different kinds of relationships.

There is also a romance, and a nice father and son type of relationship shown. I liked both
Judith Johnson
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
I think the author is a good writer but is obviously a gun enthusiast and a prepper. Many many paragraphs filled with descriptions of guns, how to use them, how to clean them, all about ammunition. I ended up skipping all that because I am not interested in minute details about guns. Part of his story is that the government banned all assault weapons and forced people to use smart guns and by golly, only the people smart enough to hide their assault weapons were able to survive when civilization ...more
May 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
Too much extra detail about guns. I don't caaaaare. Let's get to some action! Slow paced. Just meh.
I wasn't sure what to expect from this seeing as I had never heard of it before, but what I got was an enthralling read. Now, it's not an action packed book by any stretch of the imagination, it focuses more on the struggle of surviving, but this is what makes it so enthralling.

Clay, his sister and some orphan children they came across have been surviving, barely, in the frozen wasteland that is Texas. Since the super volcanoes erupted, the ash covers the sky so life is extremely hard. It's up
Mar 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AMAZING book! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.

I loved this book! I couldn’t put it down. The character and plot development were spot on and exceeded my expectations! The details had it playing out like a movie in my mind’s eye. I started the book one night intending to read a few chapters before bed and the next time I glanced at the clock it was 3:00 a.m..
I’m sorry to cut this review short but I must purchase and read the next one ASAP!
Karina Halt
I highly recommend this book, I personally loved it. Have to sy you need a few tissues when you read it...
It's a bit slow..

An EOTW story of people in Texas trying to survive after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts.
Clay is a young man trying to keep his extended family alive. It's about seven years since the Yellowstone eruption, and the world resembles an apocalyptic wasteland. Clay and his older sister Megan live in an abandoned building along with ten young orphans they have taken in. Life is very difficult. It's hard to find food, there's roving bands of thieves and killers, and also
Set in a post apocalyptic future in which the sun has been blotted out by volcanic eruption, As the Ash Fell follows the story of Clay Whitaker, a young man struggling to survive and provide for his family in a world with dwindling resources, marauding scavengers and pockets of civilization that may or may not be trust worthy.

The author, AJ Powers, is very successful in his world building and also at developing a set of believable characters that exist there. I found myself completely invested
Jan 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: end-of-days, fiction
This is in reference to the audiobook version. It was terrible. The narrator couldn't do a southern accent if his life depended on it. The ridiculousness kept breaking the immerssion. Poor voice acting and inflection. The story was a bit average in concept and wasn't really standout-ish. There are far better books out there with the same plot that do a better job. 3 stars for the story, but -1 for poor execution in the audiobook version. 2 stars out of 5.
Pam Shelton-Anderson
This was a decent book but could have used a good editor. There were a lot of awkward sentences and some grammar issues. I do like the main character, Clay, and that at a young age he stepped up to protect other kids. There was way too much detail and emphasis on firearms and how to manage them. Contraband assault rifles are not the panacea for a catastrophe that was not the fault of the government. There should have been more description of the impact and science behind a super volcano erupting ...more
May 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It's a great blend of adventure with post-apocalyptic survival. The characters are really meaningful and you come to really like some of them. There's a strange sense of family and virtue, though not without struggle, depicted in the main character. It is unique and well-done!

Definitely read this!
Just read McCarthy's 'The Road' instead. Not particularly gripping or compelling. Lots of pacing issues and editing errors. And a lot of unnecessary information about the specifics of guns that doesn't really add much to the story.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it liked it
2.5 maybe? A lot of tell, little show. Parts dragged. I did like the world building it was fairly realistic, particularly the author's knowledge of firearms.
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was highly disappointing. I do not even know where to start. Do you want to tell me that a person in this kind of situation will really raise children as children? Giving them the opportunity to play and such? Are you kidding me! Why not make them learn new skills and allow them the time for graceful transformation for the new world, ensuring their survival? Yes, it is not applicable for smaller children, but from age about 7 or so (depending on the development) children can be trained in ...more
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
As far as apocalyptic survival story goes this was not a bad one, I understand it’s the author’s first book.

The basic premise of the book is an apocalyptic event occurs (never explained in any details), young man raising orphan children, meets girl and overcomes many trials. With the happy ending.

I got the impress that the author’s believes and attitudes have been superimposed on the main character, no matter what the story line contains. Expect lots of references to god and personal
Mr. Bohemian
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Nurse911: It was love at first page with this patient. Set within the post-apocalyptic themed Texas, I found myself emotionally attached to our main character Clay during initial observations as he battled against "the black wolf" and overcame the elements of an ashy-skied southern state. My examination found all the proper elements needed to set up a sufficient survival story: unrelenting enemies, scarcity of resources, and pressures of both mental and physical fatigue to better emphasize
Josh Jay
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just finished "As The Ash Fell" and highly recommend it. I really appreciated the fresh angle on the post apocalyptic setting, which in short, is a nuclear winter following super volcanic eruptions around the globe. The prose is very clean and reads like a collaboration between Cormac McCarthy and Louis L'Amour. The story is fraught with tension once it gets moving without ever resorting to gratuity or the Apocalypse Porn (constant pointless profanity, everyone getting raped, masturbatory levels ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An astonishingly beautiful story!

After the eruptions, after the end of life as they know it, Clay and his sister, Megan are left with nothing. As they encounter young, surviving children, they begin their own loving family with those who have lost everything. But life is fraught with danger. Danger from other less trustworthy survivors, danger from the Screamers, and danger from the unknown.

When Clay meets a young woman and her daughter, he finds more people to protect. But will they join his
Jun 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Clay was annoying as hell, he's inability to do what needed to be done, caused people to die, that makes him stupid, not the better man! All the talk about guns and bullets, who cares? Using guns is dumb anyway when you're trying to stay hidden from the bad guys aka The screamers who are killing people for no reason?! And when things turn from bad to worse our hero sends his girlfriend back to the guy who had no problem with killing kids, yeah, a real hero. And the stupid stunt what Kelsey pulls ...more
Phyllis Van Houten
Good story for preppers

A very easy read. I was hoping for a little science mixed in with the apocalyptic survival story, but... I did learn quite a bit about several types of firearms! I enjoyed the characters & wanted to find out what happened to them, & so looked forward to reading. Satisfying story lines, steeped in traditional middle American, God-fearing morality lessons (a solid PG rating with a lot of guns). A good book for doomsday preppers! I'd like to see a crackdown on the
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well-written, entertaining novel! Yellowstone and two other supervolcanos have erupted, sending tons of ash into the atmosphere. The world's governments and economies have collapsed. Survivors struggle in a drastically changed world.

Seven years later, food is becoming scarce. Clay hunts, scavenges, and barters to keep himself, his sister Megan, and their family of orphans fed. Life has settled into a new normal; that is, until he meets Kelsey. She is being held hostage by a man on a local
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good enjoyable book

Very good book, good pace, characters are pretty solid, albeit a tad cheesy and a little predictable but still good and nothing that takes away from the overall reading.
Would have liked just a bit more background on the leading up, but that's just myself, I'm a background type of reader, might make for a good prequel?
Looking forward to book two. A few more Ohio references would be ok as an Ohio resident myself.
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a well written story.The ash fell about seven years ago and civilization is trying to survive.Some people just want to get along and be left alone.Others make trouble.The characters in this are relatable.There were some gaps in the story that would have been beter filled in.Clay is our hero.Aaron Cleveland did a fine job narrating.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
Oct 08, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting premise with lots of potential. Unfortunately the writing was very uneven, the characters were pretty one dimensional and any try at addtional layering didn’t ring true. The villians change from when you first met him until his personality was revealed was unbelievable.

I will say one thing, the author sure knows his guns, how to care for each kind, what they can do and more than I ever wanted to know about bullets.

Would not recommend to anyone.
Cherye Elliott
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Interesting read. Change of scenario of young adults having to grow up fast in a societal collapse. Dealing with responsibilities, adults, right and wrong g and survival.

I enjoyed reading the book. But it would be an awesome book for younger readers than myself to learn that family comes first
Chad Grindstaff
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good quick read. Strong development of the characters. If you like anything post apocalyptic you'll enjoy this. Kept the suspense up and made you want to know how the story would end. Looking forward to the sequel.
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