Friday, 7 October 2011

Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Title: Ashfall
Author: Mike Mullin
Genre: Young Adult

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.

I absolutly love anything to do with volcanoes, earthquakes etc and have done from when I was in school.. When i read the description on the back of Ashfall I knew I had to read it and just hoped it would be as good as what I wanted it to be.
From the first chapter you are hooked right in.
Alex, not wanting to go on a family vist to his relatives stays home. 
When his home is set on fire and partly demolished his neighbours take him in.  After an attack on thier house Alex decides he needs to leave to find his family. 
We follow Alex on his journey to Warren, Illinois.  He has to say goodbye to his home, his school, and his friends who he doubts he will ever see again.
We watch Alex struggle through food and water shortages, rationing his food to make it last and finding safe places to sleep at night for himslef and Darla, all while trying to navigate his way in towns so full of ashfall you can't see the sun.
I really enjoyed watching the journey Alex took, not only the physical one to find his family but also the emotional one to where he would do things he never thought he would ever do.

Ashfall is a rollercoaster ride reading it.  We cheer Alex on when he uses Taekwando moves to kick butt, cry when he has to say goodbye to others then cheer again when they do something amazing.

The scary thing about reading Ashfall is that it could happen, it may not be a super volcano, it could be an earth quake, hurricane, any other natural disaster you can think of. 
Ashfall makes you really look inside yourself and think "Could I do that if it was me?" and I have the need to stock pile non-perishable items for future use. :)

Ashfall is a MUST READ....what are you waiting for, go and pre-order your copy now but don't forget to come back tomorrow as I have an author interview with the amazing Mike Mullin who kindly agreed to fit me in between his busy schedule of blog tours to promote Ashfall.

[Thank you Tanglewood Books for the ARC]

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