Ashfall by Mike Mullen

Ashfall by Mike Mullen

The farther I got in this book, the more I liked it!  It’s an action-packed story about a teenaged boy’s survival when the world he knows suddenly goes up in smoke.  Fifteen-year-old Alex’s family is going about 100 miles away for the weekend, and his mother has miraculously consented to let him stay home by himself.  That Friday evening shortly after his mom, dad and sister have left, Alex hears a huge explosion and finds himself buried in his bedroom under the collapsed roof.  Turns out that a super-volcano (which really does exist!) in Yellowstone Park has erupted, leaving parts of the country  without power and water, and creating worldwide food shortages.  Suddenly, the old rules no longer apply and Alex finds himself struggling through the volcanic ash and snow just to survive.  Determined to find his family, he starts the perilous journey towards Illinois where his family was headed.

This book moves along at a break neck pace from one event to the next, with hardly room to breathe in between Alex’s adventures.  Among other things, he is attacked by a prisoner named Target, falls in love with a smart, young woman, and is locked in a camp that feels more like a prison than place meant to help survivors.  By the way, he does find his family, sort of…  I recommend this book to readers looking for a fast-paced adventure, those who like survival stories and science ficiton fans.  The second book in the series, Ashen Winter, came out in the fall of 2012.

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Check out this book trailer made by a Texas library professor

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