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Review: “Ashfall” by Mike Mullin

April 15, 2013

Forget the Zombie Apocalypse. Have you ever wondered what’s underneath Old Faithful and all the other springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park? Have you ever wondered why there’s so much pressure underground to push thousands of gallons of boiling water hundreds of feet in the air? Enter “Ashfall,” a gripping debut novel by Mike Mullin. This survival story starts with 15 year old Alex as he is being left alone for the weekend so his parents and sister can visit family. Shortly after his family leaves, an earthquake hits and things go downhill from there. The slumbering super-volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park has erupted spraying millions of tons of ash into the air. The result is blizzard-like ash storms and deafening booms that send Alex into countless dangerous situations, pitting himself not only against nature, but also the horrors of humanity as people cling to the last bits of civilization. What’s also great about this book is that its sequel, “Ashen Winter“, can be picked up and taken home right after you read “Ashfall” (if you request the book soon enough!).

School Library Journal recommends this book for grades 8 and up.

-Heather V., Indian Trails

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