Mullin, Mike

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

Publisher: Terre Haute, IN : Tanglewood, c2011.
ISBN: 1933718552
Characteristics: 466 p. ;,23 cm.


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Jan 28, 2015
  • SweetieBelle2288 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

After I got a hold of this I read a few comments about it on amazon and a few said this book wasn't good, but I like a good deal of post apocalypse books and once I picked it up I couldn't put it down, the characters were so intriguing an interesting, the main guy is the typical guy trying to survive and being somewhat useless, and Darla is just so awesome, I read it within 2 days, even got the 2nd book before I finished wth the 1st

Dec 16, 2014
  • blue_zebra_358 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I thought this book was alright. Honestly it kind of intrigued me to see where the book went and I wasn't too disappointed. I've read better books but this wasn't bad either. There really aren't too many curse words in this book (compared to all the books Ive read with bad words everywhere) contrary to what everybody says. A bit inappropriate for young ages and gory violence though.

Aug 09, 2014
  • vmccreedy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Alex was about to start a heavenly weekend with just him and the World of Warcraft when the ceiling collapsed on him.
When he finally managed to pull himself out of the rubble, Alex stumbled out of what's left of his house and found thick layers of ashes covering everything. Then came the unbearably ear-splitting explosion noises that lasted all night long. His neighbours ushered Alex into their house, telling him that a supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park had exploded.
As civilization slowly grinded to a halt, and the selfish side of humanity reared its ugly head, Alex knew he needed to find his family, who went to visit an uncle in Warren in Illinois for the weekend. If only he had gone with them... Now he had to travel alone in these impossible conditions with minimum food and supplies. He had no idea how he was going to do this, and even worse, he couldn't help but wonder if his family actually made it to Warren in the first place.
The plausible premise of a supervolcano's eruption makes this book all the more scary in a plethora of dystopian / apocalyptic teen novels out there these days. The story of a teenager trying to stay sane in a chaotic world after a natural disaster strikes was well actualized, and even if you are not crazy about survival story, this one will hold your attention. The excitement wanes a bit in the beginning when Alex's painstakingly slow trek across the ash seems to fall into a routine of little progress during the day, coming across a house at nighfall, finding either a rifle pointing straight at him to tell him to move along, or a kindly couple who wants to keep and take care of him forever. The pace picks up quickly again though so it's all good. Alex eventually bands together with another survivor, and romance does blossom between the two, but it's totally from a guy's point of view and sits well with my stomach. Together they encounter some pretty disturbing things that make this book more appropriate for an older audience.

Jul 13, 2014

Where is the sequal for this book? My school library had it but i can't exactly get it from there because of summer break. I say we get the sequel. It is called Ashen Winter if you were wondering.

Jun 06, 2013
  • WestSeattleTeenLibrarian rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

When the supervolcano underneath Yellowstone explodes, Alex's only concern is surviving long enough to find his parents and sister a hundred miles away.

May 17, 2013

Moonlightmortal is absolutely wrong!!!! I love this book! But there did need to be a bit more action, then it would have been even better!!!

Apr 11, 2013

I'll be completely honest with you: this book was absolute trash. I didn't even finish it. It was unnecessarily gory, there was so much profanity that I could barely make it through, and there were some things I don't even want to talk about. Aside from those things, the only redeeming quality is that the idea is sort of intriguing. Other than that, the writing is terrible. The characters are wooden and I felt no connection to them whatsoever. If you're thinking about reading this, don't. It's awful.

Mar 19, 2013
  • DeltaQueen50 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love books that deal with survival, and I fully expected to like and be entertained by Ashfall, I am however, somewhat surprised at how much I loved it. This is a book that deserves to be found by a wider audience as it is an exciting, well written story that is a true page turner. I highly recommend Ashfall to those who enjoy dystopian, apocalyptic stories.

Feb 11, 2013
  • runal rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.


May 31, 2012
  • nanajoe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Loved this story of survival. If you enjoyed Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer this will be a great book for you.

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Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: There were so many inappropriate things in here that I can't even begin to stress how horrible it is. If this were a book meant for adults, it would still be awful.

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Gory, disgusting violence that makes you uncomfortable.

Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: There were at least three swear words on every other page.


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Feb 14, 2014
  • Stampcoin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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