Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Rating: StarStarStarStar

Genre: Young Adult > Post-Apocalyptic > Dystopia

(Ashfall #1)

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.


Ashfall is disturbingly good. Disturbing in a way that there are horrid scenes not fit for fifteen-year-old Alex. Good because no matter how perilous the task maybe, Alex is capable and more than willing to survive no matter how big the dent it will give to his morality. Still, Alex managed to be as humane as any would be who might be trapped in such a catastrophe.

Darla is a superwoman. Managing her family’s farm mostly on her own, she’s resourceful and intuitive to things that might’ve escape Alex’s attention. She’s a pretty strong character. I’ve had enough of damsels in distress in post-apocalyptic settings.

This book kind of reminds me of The Road. The highways are perilous, especially to teenagers like Alex and Darla. and the danger came not only with cannibals, looters and hoarders, but also with a parent who would do anything to protect her kids. Alex’s generosity for food was also dangerous.

I enjoyed Ashfall. The gritty feel of Alex’s predicament is straightforward.

Publisher: Tanglewood Press

Imprint: —

Pub Date: 10/14/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Tanglewood for granting my galley request.



4 thoughts on “Book Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

  1. I still have this in my to read pile since last year, arrrr and I only remembered this book after reading your post. Need to keep up with my TBR pile soon! Glad you enjoyed the book. 🙂

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