Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Blog Tour: Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Title: Sunrise
Author: Mike Mullin
Genre: Dystopia
Series: Ashfall #3
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: 15th April 2014

Tell Me About It
The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever—and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

Sunrise is not only the third and finally instalment in this amazing series by Mike Mullin, it is also one of my most anticipated reads of this year. After reading, and loving the previous books I was eager to make a start on Sunrise, and find out what happens next for Alex and his family. However while I have been anticipating Sunrise, I have also been reluctant to made a start on it, by reading Sunrise then I am admitting that this is the end, that this series is really over and that there will be no more after the last word has been read.

One thing that has always stood out for me in this series, is how real this situation actually feels, like any minute a volcano could erupt and put the world into total disarray with no hope for the future. When I began reading Sunrise it was clear from the beginning that Mike wasn't going to let this end without a fight, and quite quickly we are met with a bloody fight scene, death and the loss of someone who has become close to us, all within the first six chapters. Sunrise was unputdownable and is just as addicting and gripping at it's predecessors.

There is so much that happens in Sunrise that it's hard to actually write down how I feel about it all, and try to write down what I loved about it without giving away details. There were a few moments where I was shocked over what happened, and actually said in my head 'Mike, how could you do that?!?!?!' But as things progressed I could see on how this event made people more wary, and eventually made them actually think about their security.
I loved the idea of Alex and his family moving home, and I would have loved to have seen a picture of the new layout that was made to accommodate family, friends, and people looking for a safe place. However with this move, and Alex's nature to take charge without realising he is doing it, leads Alex to find himself quickly left in charge of things, plotting attacks, running the farm etc and although he is reluctant at first, he does a pretty good job at it.

Reverend Evans was an ass who just wants to be in charge, and I think he personally didn't like being told what to do by someone a lot younger then himself. I mean seriously, Alex and his family have built a home, rescued him and welcomed him into their household with opens arms, and while he's out the picture Evans want to mosey on in and try to push Alex out. I am so relived he got his idea thrown back in his face with the separation of politics and religion, and I actually laughed out loud at the statement, and his reaction.

Sunrise was a truly epic read, and one of the best finale books I have read in a long time. I wish I could ramble on about how much I loved ........., or that when ....... and ......... ....... I actually cried tears of happiness. I want to rant about how much I thought ............ was a nasty piece of work and couldn't see past her own nose at the mess she was making, or how much I wanted to slap .......... for being ungrateful, slimy, and downright disrespectful. Seriously, you HAVE to read this book, I need to rave and rant with someone about it.

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About Mike
Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.
Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association

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1 comment:

  1. Lovely review! I know what you mean. Some parts of the story just made my heart race! Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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