Ashfall - a real page turner


I'm in the middle of reading Mike Mullin's Ashfall.

It's a real page-turner, like another book I read earlier this year with a similar title (Ashes by Ilsa Bick). In Ashfall, Alex is 15 when his parents and little sister go out of town for the weekend, leaving him alone - and the super volcano in Yellowstone blows. Now Alex is left in a world where you can't even see the sun, huge drifts of ash collapse roofs and cover fields and roads, and people are desperate for food and water. It's a post apocalyptic novel that could really happen. Be warned - there is a fair amount of violence that Alex witnesses or even commits (but only when necessary).

In an interview with School Library Journal, Mullin reveals that the manuscript was rejected at some stage by 24 literary agents. Read more here.



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Thanks for helping me figure out which disaster/plague books are worth reading! My TBR pile is HUGE right now with all the great books that came out this fall!
It's a fairly thick book, but the chapters are super short, so they tempt you to read "just one more." Lesson for me there as an author.
I'm querying agents (yes again :-P) on my first thriller and it was so fun to write! But I do have a lot of respect for the "must read just one more chap!" thing that you thriller authors do so well!
I am thinking of getting my husband this book for Christmas. He's not a YA fan, per se, but the idea that Yellowstone could erupt fascinates him (I'd say he's obsessed by the idea, but that would be too strong a word. The idea of it has come up several times over the last six years, though). Thank you for the review!
I've heard great things about Ashfall! Can't wait to read it. I haven't read a page-turner in awhile. I've been meaning to pick up Ashes too!