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  • By L. Farmer on October 20, 2016

    First off, I'm over 40 and I bought this with my tweens in mind. After a chapter or two, I realized I would NOT want them to read this book until they were much older. Profanity, innuendo, sexual situations and violence throughout. Hunger Games, nor Divergent, nor Harry Potter are this mature. I'm enjoying the books, but only from a very mature standpoint. Interesting and thought provoking, and action packed, yes. But I will NOT let my tweens be reading these until 16 or so.Reminds me more of Swan Song by Robert McCammon, just thinking of books I would compare these to off the top of my head.Edited to add: just finished all three books. Honestly couldn't put them down. Mike Mullen is an amazing writer. These are so good, I'm worried that someone will try to make these into movies in the future, and will most likely butcher them horribly. I hope not. Mullen paints the pictures so vividly with his writing, a movie would b unnecessary. I'm STILL saying these are NOT for young teens. Very mature content. Love, love, love these books!! Thank you, Mike Mullen, for writing post apocalyptic books that aren't rehashed versions of others of this type. Alex is an amazing character.

  • By Whitt Patrick Pond on September 30, 2017

    It's hard to know where to begin to describe Mike Mullin's Ashfall. As a first novel, it's phenomenally good - engaging from the get-go, well-paced, with characters that you quickly come to care about, facing one daunting challenge after another in a world beset by a mass-extinction level of catastrophe.Alex is an almost-sixteen year old boy living in Cedar Falls, Iowa, with his mother, father and younger sister. When his parents decide to visit his uncle in Illinois, Alex doesn't want to go and opts to stay at home, so his parents and sister go without him. The night, when Alex is home alone, the house is rocked by what feels like either a bomb or a massive earthquake. When Alex manages to crawl out of the wreckage, strange things are happening. The sky is heavily overcast and a thick grey ash begins to fall over everything.Later, Alex sets out to try to make it to Warren, where his parents and sister are. He gears up with whatever he can find, which includes a pair of skis which he uses to ski over the thickening ash like its snow. One of the strengths of Ashfall is the way Mullin brings the feel of how the world has changed to vivid life, immersing you in what Alex sees and experiences:"I passed under Highway 27. Enough ash had blown under the bridge that I didn't have to take off my skis -- I was able to keep sliding along. A little farther on, Lincoln became West Airport Highway. There were lots of commercial and industrial buildings along the road there, mostly newish metal buildings with flat roofs. Every one of them had been crushed by the ash.--The road was deserted. I knew the airport was somewhere north of me, but I couldn't see it. On a normal day, I might hear a plane passing overhead or taxiing on the runway. That day, there was no sign of activity. The only noise was occasional thunder.--After a couple hours, the commercial buildings petered out, so I knew I was in the boonies. The corn was also a big clue. Cedar Falls and Waterloo form an island amid a sea of corn. In early September, it stands higher than my head. Now, though, the ash had flattened it. The only way I could tell I was passing a cornfield was the few hardy stalks still standing upright, coated in gray ash, leaves broken under the weight. Every now and then a metal seed sign protruded a foot or so above the ash bed. I passed an occasional field completely covered in ash, an unremittingly flat, gray expanse. Soybeans, maybe.--I might have been skiing on the surface of the moon for all the activity there was. I passed four or five farmhouses but saw nothing moving. Everything I normally saw in the Iowa countryside was missing: There were no people, no cars, no cows -- not even a solitary turkey vulture circling in the sky.--The weird, rainless thunder and lightning continued. My eyes had adjusted to the darkness, so every time a series of lightning bolts lit up the landscape, it hurt. The thunder seemed strangely muted. Maybe the falling ash muffled it somehow, or maybe my ears hadn't fully recovered from the first enormous explosions.--Despite the ash, the road was easy to follow. It was raised, with deep ditches on each side. I skied along the crown of the road, where the centerline was buried under its blanket of ash."Highly, highly recommended.

  • By Melissa's Rambling on May 13, 2015

    Read from May 10 to 13, 2015This book is really good. It's such a creepy thought that it could really happen!I loved the characters Alex and Darla.Alex decides he wants to stay home while his parents and little sister went out to visit relatives about 2 hours away. Unfortunately, after they leave the supervolcano at Yellowstone National Park decided to erupt. Naturally chaos ensues. Alex stays with his neighbors for a few days before heading out to try to find his family.This journey involves a few nice people, some starvation, killers and killing, many deaths and a fight to survive.Alex runs into Darla and her mom on their farm while he is traveling. They take care of him since he was half way to dead from a vicious fight with an ex con, although Alex can hold his own with his martial arts skills. Darla's mom is a sweetheart, Darla not so much at first, she is leery of people and I can't say I blame her. But, she stitches him up and they all seem to have a wonderful little time on the farm, at least the best they can in the situation. Until some bad things happen then Alex and Darla head out on his quest to find his family. He was staying with them to get his strength back but still planning to leave, it just happened sooner than he thought.Darla and Alex see a lot of things on their travels. Most of them are not nice and they have to do some not so nice things, but they stick together and do whatever they have to do to survive.I really liked this book even though I wanted to smack Alex a few times. It seems Darla had to get them out of his messes a lot. I look forward to the other two books in the trilogy! I have to see what is going to happen!MY REVIEWS:www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.comhttps://www.goodreads.com/review/show/549446222


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