If you found this content anywhere else apart from http://nocturnalbookreviews.blogspot.com/ it's being used by a content scraper. Please consider using the link above and subscribing to my blog Nocturnal Book Reviews directly. Thank you!


TO COMMENT ON A POST PLEASE JUST PRESS THE POST TITLE. THANK YOU!

I'm using IntenseDebate which doesn't show up if you browse home page. The comments are visible on individual posts.


Ashfall by Mike Mullin review

Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #1)

Egalley thanks to Tanglewood Press


Synopsis from Goodreads
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. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.
Buy from Amazon 
Buy from The Book Depository

* * *
I've already mentioned on Goodreads that this book chilled me to the bone.

The fact is, Ashfall makes us face the unpleasant fact that humanity is not pretty. Strip off the thin layer of civilization, get rid of the organized force which maintains the order and what you get is greed, fear, and hate running unchecked. Well, you can see what's happening in Africa at the moment...

This is why Ashfall is so scary, the scenario so believable.

A supervulcano erupts. Ashfall covers most of US grounds. There is no electricity, not much drinkable water and very little food. Among the post-eruption harsh winter a 16-years-old boy Alex tries to get from his home town to his parents who went to see his uncle living two hours away before the eruption.

Walking through wastelands covered by ash and snow, in danger of dying of hunger or thirst, hypothermia and attacks of the human scavengers in all their horrendous glory, Alex's growth to an extremely admirable human being is astounding.

During his journey he meets another beautiful, strong soul, 18-year-old Darla.

Together they survive through incredibly dangerous situations and tragedies, and what emerges is these unbreakable ties of friendship and then love.

I couldn't find a single fault in this book. The world-building is believable. The characters' growth is amazing. It's an intense, quick, jam-packed with action read. The only downfall of this book is its abrupt inconclusive ending. I was so wrapped up in what was happening I couldn't believe the book would end in the middle of the sentence while I was still expecting this sentence to end...

Oh well, at least there was no cliffhanger.

Overall, a brilliant debut. I'll be reading the rest of the series, for sure.

* * *
Прекрасная книга и в то же время довольно страшная.

После извержения огромнейшего вулкана на территории США, почти вся страна погружается во мрак и хаос из-за вулканической пыли. Электичества нет, продовольствия нет, чистая вода ограничена, практически нет связи между городами и штатами.

Майк Маллин превосходно описывает, что происходит с людской натурой, когда с неё спадает тонкий слой цивилизации, а удержать людей больше некому. Нет организованной силы, следящей за порядком. Остаётся жадность, страх, ненависть, закон джунглей, где выживает сильнейший.

Среди вулканической пыли и начавшейся рано суровой зимы 16-летний Алекс пытается добраться до своих родителей и сестёнки, что перед извержением уехали навестить его дядю.

Ему грозит опасность умереть от голода, жажды, холода или человеческих хищников, и из всех трагедий, схваток и страданий его характер вырастает в нечто сильное, живучее, благородное и не потеявшее свою человечность.

В дороге Алекс встречает 18-летнюю Дарлу, и происходящие трагедии сближают их и превращают их отношения в крепкую дружбу и постепенно в любовь...

Эта книга проморозила меня до костей. Настолько легко было представить как вероятен описанный сценарий. Блестящий дебют, несмотря на неожиданную концовку, - повествование обрывается буквально на полуслове. Буду читать продолжение в обязательном порядке.

9.5/10

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

GFC Followers

If you are a GFC follower please resubscribe by any other method to all the blogs you follow in such way. It is getting discontinued in 2016. You will lose all the blogs you follow gradually so you might not even notice it straightaway.


Subscribe with Feedly

Subscribe with bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

networked blogs

Linky Followers

Facebook Page

Karina on goodreads

Victoria on Goodreads

Subscribe by Email

Victoria on TWITTER

FeedCount

FEEDCOUNT

Followers via Bloglovin

Follow on Bloglovin

BLOG ARCHIVE

grab our button

Search

Loading...

KARINA IS READING

READING

The Night Circus
Legacy
Gabriel's Inferno
Touch

goodreads.com

Vika is reading

Victoria Reading

The Fault in Our Stars
Spin

goodreads.com

In case of zombie apocalypse

Hey, guys! I feel like I should say this just in case :)
If you'd like to sponsor a fellow book addict who sometimes can't sleep at night worrying that she won't have enough books to read if internet goes down in the event of zombie apocalypse (I'm convinced it's one of the top five ways to go for human race) you can donate through Paypal to olivesandacorns at gmail dot com or buy a book through any of the links provided with my reviews which will send me a small percentage from the sale. All proceeds will go towards my enormous TBR. I will also shelter you on the remote farm in Portugal when zombie apocalypse starts provided you survive getting there. There will be books, yay?
Thank you! Love you all

Book Blogger Directory

Netgalley

Powered by Blogger.

Blog Stats since May 2011

ONLINE GAME TO END HUNGER

Online game to end hunger