Sunday, April 29, 2012

Ashfall (Ashfall#1) by Mike Mullin

Ashfall (Ashfall, #1)
Good Reads Summary

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

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.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Let's get down to it, shall we?

First thing: Darla reads like an eighteen year old female version of MacGyver. 

Second thing : even if she read wise beyond her years (or unlikely,) I liked that aspect of her. Of how she’s the tough one who knew what to do while he starts out as clueless and sometimes bumbling around (but not all the time.) The eventual reversal of their roles then the re-reversal kept things interesting too because really, the action in this one wouldn’t quit!

It’s got the same feel as Ilsa Bick’s post apocalyptic/zombie YA novel Ashes, but more focused … in that it never veered away from the path it set out on:  His world’s in chaos and he’s looking for his family. People around him are desperate and doing things they wouldn’t normal. There’s hints at cannibalism, abuse and more… and every single thing/ person is a mess.  Some are good and others just plain evil.

To say that I enjoyed this is a massive understatement. Thank gosh for sequels.


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