Sunday, June 24, 2012


Title: Ashfall

Author: Mike Mullin

Rating: 3 stars

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.
Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth.

Review: A great story of survival, blah, blah, blah. Yes, there were some pretty cool fight scenes, but the romance annoyed me. Not so much the fact that it was there but how far the author took it. Alex and Darla have only known each other for a few weeks and suddenly they're all: I love you sooo much! All the while I'm thinking: You're walking through several feet of ash and snow with little food, water, and other supplies, trying to get to another state. Figure out how you're going to survive before you get down with your ladyfriend. Also, I didn't really think people would move to cannibalism that fast. If you're willing to kill and eat someone, why not kill someone with food and just steal their food?

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