I few months ago I read the book Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I loved it, but I wasn’t writing this blog yet so never bothered writing a review about it. Well, I was given an advanced copy of the sequel from the publisher which comes out next October 14th , meaning I’d get a chance to do one of the first reviews of the sequel. So here’s the review for the first one, please try to contain your excitement.
As you may or may not know, Yellowstone National Park in Montanaish-Idahoish-Wyoming is actually a giant super volcano capable of destroying the entire Western Half of the USA if it were to erupt. In Ashfall, Yellowstone does erupt and Alex is home alone in Iowa while the rest of his family is visiting relatives in Illinois, 140 miles away. With more than a foot of ash piling up around him, food and water getting scarce, and random acts of violence from roving marauders, Alex knows he has to leave and try to rejoin his family. Along the way he encounters many obstacles and witnesses unspeakable horrors while managing to make a few friends along the way including Darla, a girl who ends up saving his life more than once. With temperatures plummeting due to lack of sunlight from all the falling ash, Alex and Darla have to summon all the strength and courage the can muster to survive the Ashfall and make it to Alex’s relative’s house. The only alternative is death. I thought this was an awesome book. I love reading dystopian and apocalyptic fiction, but this one was on a completely different level because the scenario is so believable. The Yellowstone eruption has happened before and is actually due to happen again anytime now (or within the next 50,000 years, but still…). On a side note, this book is pretty graphic; it’s got everything in it. So make sure you can handle stuff like that if you want to read it. I would say the book is probably best suited for the 16+ crowd.
Hope you all are enjoying baseball season now that it’s back in full swing. Nothing reminds of summer quite like baseball, so I always eagerly await its return as a break from the dreary monotony that is winter. In other sports news, specifically the Olympics, the Olympic committee has announced the implementation of an interactive social media site where fans can follow every single update from their favorite athletes’ facebook and twitter accounts. For the first time ever, fans will no longer have to wonder what goes through an athlete’s head right before they run 30 miles per hour.
Finally, a solution for over-snoozing!