Editorial Reviews. Review. In this chilling debut, Mullin seamlessly weaves meticulous details about science, geography, agriculture and slaughter into his prose. In this grim, postapocalyptic tale, the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, covering much of North America in volcanic ash and plunging the world. Assistant editor Drucilla Shultz recommends The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin, a natural disaster adventure story following year-old Alex.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Ashfall by Mike Mullin. Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano.
Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet. For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to p Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother.
Ashfall (Ashfall, book 1) by Mike Mullin
Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way.
Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster. Hardcoverpages. Published October 11th by Tanglewood Press first published September 27th Alex HalprinDarla Edmunds. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Ashfallplease sign up.
It’s science fiction I don;t like sci-fi and I loved itrealistic, a love story wound around an apocalypse, had adventure, and is …more Yes, absolutely. It’s science fiction I don;t like sci-fi and I loved itrealistic, a love story wound around an apocalypse, had adventure, and is so very well-written. Kirby This is fiction. See all 9 questions about Ashfall….
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I should really get around to planting that corn field Mike Mullin is who I will befriend during the next apocalypse 7. Des My mates over at Tanglewood Press have asked me not to review this book until a month prior to its release. Despite what you’ve been told, Obama will not save you from a slow and excruciating demise 9. If a cannibal comes a knockin’, Taekwondo kick him in the balls And for the love of all that is good and true: View all 17 comments.
Alex starts off this book as a somewhat spoiled teenage boy. He refuses to go with his family on a trip to his uncle’s farm. He wants to stay at home and play World of Warcraft and just flipping sulk.
He doesn’t have much sulking time though because something hits his house and crushes in the roof and sets the house on fire. That can get a teenager off his ashhfall. We learn that the super volcano at Yellowstone has exploded. Don’t go and Google that shit like I did.
It will scare the Alex starts off this book as a somewhat spoiled teenage boy. It will scare the crap out of you. Alex grows up fast and goes in search of ashfaol family. Along the way he is joined by Darla.
Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin
It’s rare in young adult books that the female mc is cooler than the male one but it happens here. We were tired, hungry, and wrapped in multiple layers of filthy winter clothing.
None of that mattered to me; I was in love. I thought Darla was, too-but maybe with the bulldozer. Don’t get me wrong. Alex is very likable and not a wuss at all. There isn’t really insta-love in this book and thank you Jesus and Mike Mullin for that.
Now for that frigging disaster. This one actually scared me. My little mind can’t deal with that kind of shit. I know signs would be placed up for people like me. View all 30 comments.
May 26, Jim rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Those who can handle a grim, realistic survival story. Recommended to Jim by: I strongly recommend a visit to karen’s fabulous mllinwhich along with her encouragement got me interested in this gripping and realistic tale. So here is what mije are talking about. We will start with some science. Ashfall zones from known eruptions of the Yellowstone Supervolcano: How likely is an eruption during our lifetimes? However, given the erratic nature of volcanoes, that number doesn’t mean much.
The bulging pocket of magma swishing around beneath Old Faithful might never blow its lid again. Or, it might put on a surprise fireworks show next Independence Day.
Scientists just don’t know. First, a science overview. Yep, that’s what we are talking about. Now for the longer review. In the foreground is the Yellowstone River, winding peacefully through the Hayden Valley. From what we see here, this could be any alluvial flood plain from any sizable river, formed from sediments that eroded from the mountains in the distance.
This particular flood plain is the floor of the Yellowstone Caldera, northeastern portion. And those mountains in the distance are the edge of the caldera.
If and when there is another major eruption, this peaceful valley will be a seething, violent cauldron, and millions of tons of molten rock and ash ashdall spew forth. A similar caldera from the same hotspot but in southern Idaho was formed between 10 and 12 million years ago, and the event dropped ash to a depth of one foot, 1, miles away in northeastern Nebraska.
Within the past 17 million years, or more caldera-forming eruptions have occurred from the Yellowstone hotspot, as discussed in this Wikipedia article. Ashfall In what follows, I will focus as usual on big-picture aspects of the story, and stay mostly away from plot details.
Staff Pick: The Ashfall Series by Mike Mullin
If you are completely unfamiliar with the book, there will be some mild spoilers in the details. Will the Yellowstone caldera have another massive eruption at some point in the future? I think the odds are very strong that it will. There is even a webcam where you can watch for the millin eruption: Note the wispy puffs muullin steam here and there at ground level. And this quote from the webcam page: In recent years, similar smaller blasts have been known to occur. Will the effects of a major eruption be devastating for all life within a radius of hundreds of miles including human, if we survive all those other apocalypses that may come sooner than this one?
Asfall are some critters that were fossilized by a previous eruption of the hotspot – the one in Idaho, mentioned above. And yes, that is volcanic ash that surrounds them and covered them before it was cleared away.