24 November, 2015

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

A serious and gripping post apocalyptic tale with intense and believable action. The scary thing is that this could really happen.

Yellowstone is a super volcano, and this novel explores what would happen if it erupted.The story is told from the point of view of a teenage boy, Alex. He lives in Iowa, which is about 900 miles away from the event. He is alone for the weekend when a huge boulder destroys his house. After the rock comes fire, then the noise, then the ashfall. All infrastructure fails and Alex decides to travel the 100 miles to his uncles place, where his family have gone. It is a harrowing journey. The world is dark, filled with refugees, ash and violence. Food is in short supply. 

In his journey he encounters both the best and  worst of humanity. Survival is paramount but some people co-operate and help, and some prey on the weak. Alex's tae kwon do skills come in handy more than once, but he finds kindness too. He meets Darla, a whizz with engines,  and together they find the strength and skills to survive. 

Be warned the descriptions of the devastation, suffering and violence are graphic, but rooted in realism, which is what makes this book so compelling. And if you enjoy this book there are two sequels: Ashen Winter, and Sunrise, which continue the story and do not disappoint in terms of plot or action. 

Title: Ashfall
Author: Mike Mullin

Recommended by Anita S, Blockhouse Bay Library

Anita S reads widely and eclectically, but most often random non-fiction fact books, good general and teen fiction, (often dystopian future types), fantasy and sci-fi if they cover a new angle on something, kids books and ... actually she'll take a look at most stuff. Books are great! She also loves art and illustration.

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