Author: Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Date: September 2011
Rating: 4 stars
When the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone National Park suddenly erupts, the United States suffers exponentially.
Alex is home alone when, all of a sudden, a piece of the volcano crashes into his house and sets it on fire. Not long after that, a series of incredulously loud ‘booms’ continue for days and days, blocking out any other sound. Temperatures plummet. Violence becomes more prevalent. And after that, the ashfall begins. Alex sets out on a dangerous trek across the state to find his family, and meets some interesting characters along the way.
Surprisingly, I didn’t find any major faults in Ashfall. I really like the plot; I enjoyed the fact that this could really happen at any moment. I love dystopia rooted in fact. The characters were very likable; Darla was a great, kickass female heroine, and Alex, though he had his shortcomings, was a great leader. Packed with plenty of action, Ashfall made for an interesting page-turner. I didn’t really have any issues with this book, and I’m really excited to read the rest of this dystopian trilogy from Mike Mullin.
(read on August 16, 2014)