Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall; nothing too serious, I thought. It looks interesting, but don’t all books nowadays? Oh, great. Another post-apocalyptic novel about survival in a new world—I am beginning to see a trend with the new books out this time of year.

Sure, Ashfall is packed with the same stuff I anticipated from the cover, but there are a few hidden surprises and quirks that make this trip worthwhile. The main character, Alex, is home alone for the weekend as his family visits an uncle. He could never have anticipated what would happen next …

Cue the supervolcano that erupts suddenly, dumping ash all over the cities. Now, this ashfall is dangerous, lethal, and it brings down the neighborhood. The booming eruption is eardrum-bursting, and Alex is forced to lodge with his neighbors for a while, until the deafening sound weakens. But when he is forced to move again, Alex sets off on a cross-country ash-skiing journey to find his family—a truly exciting story.

Though this plot seems quite common among the so-called “wacky” novels in vogue, Mike Mullin, skillfully creates a pace and dialogue, both within Alex and without him in his interactions with others, and moves this journey at a pace that both satisfies and excites. Really, this book is exciting to read. Dreamy for those kids who do not find their ideal haven a library, and certainly a fun read for me. And of course, there is a love story between Alex and a girl named Darla, whom he met when she saved his life. A fast-paced novel with an exciting premise, Ashfall is a winner for any light read.


Adithi is known as The Oak Tree on Figment, and she loves to write with an obsessive passion. Her work has been featured in magazines such as Stone Soup, Skipping Stones, and Creative Kids. The three words that best describe her are poetic, fun, and life-loving. Her motto? Love every moment, look with many pairs of eyes, and keep a smile always with you.

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