Ashfall by Mike Mullin

I really enjoyed the Guest Post by Mike Mullin on Mission to Read. I usually find guest post boring and barely skim them before moving on to something more interesting. Mike's post forever intrigued me and I believe my comment was

well if his book is as great to read as this post I can't wait for the book! What fun writing!


I was quite happy to find Ashfall on Netgalley a couple of days ago. And read it in one sitting yesterday.

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.

Release Date: October 14, 2011
Publisher: Tangelwood
Received from: NetGalley
Rating: 5 Stars
Cover Thoughts: perfect! I detest being dirty. I even took a bath while reading this book because I could feel the ash on my skin as Mike describe the scene to you. The cover reflects this I feel.

I like the geek twist in the book. You take someone like Alex, who no one has expectations for and slowly watch him rise to the occasion. He felt very real, I think his emotions were true to what a person would go through.

The entire book was action packed right up until the last paragraph. I kept thinking the book was ending to soon because it feels like there should be more. And yet every question is answer, except one but your okay with that one not being answered. I would love to see another book where the question is answered. I feel like I am talking in riddles :)

It's kind interesting, this is the story before the dystopia books come. Things like The Hunger Games or Bumped. You never are walked through the events that led to those stories. But this book is the beginning.

And it's always interesting reading from a males perspective. They think very differently than girls do!

Definitely will read again! HAPPY MONDAY!

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