Google+ Reading Teen: Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 476 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press (September 27, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1933718552
ISBN-13: 978-1933718552 

Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever

Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.

Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.

With nonstop action, a little romance, and realistic science, debut author Mike Mullin tells a mesmerizing story. Readers will turn Ashfall's pages breathlessly, and continue to ponder Alex and Darla's fate long after they close the book.

My Review

I don't really ever get scared by just reading a book. Yeah, I've never really read anything horror themed, but there have only ever been a few books that have really freaked me out. In a way, Ashfall is one of them.

So this whole ash world thing starts because of the supervolcano eruption in Yellowstone. Yes, it is possible for this to happen, so I guess that's what freaked me out. Scientists say it is highly unlikely for this to happen for several hundred thousand years but it was a very thrilling idea to imagine what it would be like if it were to happen now. That's what freaks me out. 

I think Mullin captured this scenario very well. Of course, I don't what it would really be like if this were to happen, but if I had to imagine it, I think this book would be pretty accurate. Although a terrifying idea, it was the sort of book that has you constantly reading and pondering it. What happens next? In a world of utter chaos, nobody can know. And although I don't normally enjoy many dystopia books, I don't really think Ashfall can be considered one because it isn't post apocalyptic, but actually during the apocalypse.

I definitely recommend this book to any who loves thrillers and dystopia. It is an action packed, fast paced story that you will love.


  1. OMG! I have to read family and I just back from a cross country road trip to Yellowstone a couple of months ago.

  2. I live about two hours away from the Park and this subject comes up sometimes. What would happen if it blew? This sounds like a good read I'll have to look into! Thanks, Austin!

  3. This sounds like a fascinating book! I have been to Yellowstone twice. The first time I didn't know that much about it, but the second time I had already watched specials about supervolcanoes. I thought about what could happen the second time I was at the park. The book sounds well written and the cover is interesting. I think this is a book I will really like. I enjoyed your review! Thanks!

  4. Freat review! This sounds like a great read!

  5. I've read great things about this novel. The fact that it is a possibility and just what it would do to the country is very scary. I don't blame you for your reactions to it. I'm going to read it one day. And never move anywhere near Yellowstone!


  6. this book rocked my world!!! so good you like it!!
    -silent stalker here broke her silence for the awesome book review!-

  7. Thanks for spending some of your precious reading time with my novel. The sequel, ASHEN WINTER, is coming along well and will be released October 8th. I'm (probably) going to BEA this year--hope to meet you there!

    1. Oh Mike let us know if you will definitely be a BEA, we (Austin and I) would love to shake your hand! He is also very excited about the sequel, and he swears not to wait a lifetime to read it for review. He can't wait to get his hands on it :)

  8. I loved this book! I am really looking forward to the next one. Great review!!

  9. I'm actually really really scared to read this one. When I was in eigth grade, we learned about the supervolcano in Yellowstone and how disastrous it would be to the world if it exploded. Which apparently it will someday. :/ My teacher also loved to make us watch dystopian movies like Day After Tomorrow, 2012, and Supervolcan which was a bout a doctor who documented the explosion of the Supervolcano just before it blew up all across the US and sent the world into darkness because of the ash in the atomosphere. *shudders* I hated that class SOOOOO much.

  10. I loved this one. Really freaked me out, too. I stocked up on tuna cans and bottled water after reading it D:

  11. I'm definitely going to BEA! Stop by the Tanglewood Press booth--either I'll be there, or they'll know where to find me. I'd love to chat!

  12. Oh, and the sequel, ASHEN WINTER, is in copyediting now. Which means there will be ARCs and it will be on NetGalley soon!


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