Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

ASHFALL by Mike Mullin

Released:  October 2011
Publisher:  Tanglewood Press
Review Format:  e-arc
Source:  Netgalley with thanks to Netgalley & Tanglewood Press
Series:  Ashfall #1

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.
Synopsis from Goodreads.
Have you ever woken up in the morning with that ominous feeling in the pit of your stomach? You know, that feeling when you’re kind of dazed as if nothing around you is real and something really bad has happened but you haven’t yet been told about it? That is exactly how I felt each time I put this book down.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a 15 year old who is left alone for the weekend whilst his parents visit relatives. A few hours after they’ve left, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and totally transforms the world as Alex knows it.

Alex needs to know his family are safe so he sets off through this new ash covered world to travel over 100 miles to find them. As food and drinking water get more and more scarce and the horror of how far people will go to get what they need to survive, Alex finds refuge with Darla and her mother.

I loved Alex and Darla and how their relationship blossomed in this dark and miserable world. It was realistic and well, like a pretty flower in the ash. I really connected with these two characters.

Ashfall was a page turner for me. I was totally immersed in this frightening, dark and violent world. Mullin certainly knows how to set the scene and I was shivering alongside Alex and Darla as they fought against hypothermia, other people with deadly intentions and scavenged in the snow for food and shelter. The characters in Ashfall were totally realistic, as was the storyline. I think this is what made it so horrifying for me. This really could happen!

I definitely would not recommend this book for younger teens as it is very violent and gory, but for older teens and adults who love horror or dystopian novels then this one is a must read!

My rating: 5 stars


Jennifer | Book Den said...

I love page turners. Ashfall was a really great read.

Gina @ My Precious said...

This one is coming close to being at the top of my TBR. I'm really looking forward to it since you say its one where the story is believable and there are likeable characters. Sounds perfect!

Vivienne said...

Oooh five stars! I have this from Net Galley so I can't wait to read it.

Mel said...

I didn't know much about what Ashfall was about - but it does sound like a good read. There aren't enough books that occuring with the actual apocalypse happening! :)

Kelly said...

I've really been looking forwarding to reading Ashfall, and your review makes me even more excited about it. It kind of reminds of Susan Beth Pfeffer's Life As We Knew It series, which I adored, so I'm sure I'll love Ashfall, too. Thanks for the review!

Kate said...

Sounds like a brilliant book! I've seen this one in bookshops before but never picked it up, I might have to amend that soon :) Great review

Small Review said...

Oh awesome! I won a copy, but honestly I'm a little scared to read it! It seems so frightening, especially since there is a possibility of it actually happening. Yikes!