September 15, 2011
Ashfall by Mike mullin
From AmazonMany visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.
Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.
Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.
With nonstop action, a little romance, and realistic science, debut author Mike Mullin tells a mesmerizing story. Readers will turn Ashfall's pages breathlessly, and continue to ponder Alex and Darla's fate long after they close the book.
Author: Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Date: 27 September 2011
I loved this book! It was hard to stop turning pages just for a bathroom break! Alex and Darla are two teenagers trying to survive in a world that has been turned upside down by a super volcanoe eruption. The world has completley changed overnight. Everything is covered in Ash, there are massive food shortages, people are acting crazy and violent and these two teenagers are trying to survive in this mess. Both Alex and Darla find out just how tough they really are. They are trying to walk over a hundred miles to get to Alex's parents, or to find out if his parents even survived the disaster. Along the way, they constantly have obstacles to overcome. Their journey is a fascinating one! You will love Alex and Darla. They start out as innocent kids and will surprise you over and over again with what a couple of kids can accomplish. Although they have to grow up fast, they still manage to hold on to some of their innocent qualities. Alex and Darla show us that in the wake of horror, you can survive and no matter how horrible your existence may be, love can get you through.