Author: Mike Mullin
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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.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to seach for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster.
Before I get into my review, I just have to say it, I did not like Ashfall. I was surprised by this because I was really and truly expecting to love it. I have heard a lot of great things and I had read some fantastic reviews that raved about this book and series. But once I finally got to it, I just didn't see what all the fuss was about. I am sad that I have read another book that I didn't like, I hate posting negative reviews and I am sure you are all getting sick of them. But I can't be anything but honest when it comes to reviewing books.
|This would have entertained me more.|
For the first 150 pages or so it feels like not much at all really happens. That shouldn't be the case for a book that starts out with the eruption of a supervolcano, but it was. The book didn't get all that interesting until Alex comes across Darla, which takes quite a while and even then it still fell flat. I kept waiting for the moment it got interesting, when there would be a big event or plot twist or something. But it all felt like it just sort of plodded along, with only one or two really interesting moments.
|'Supervolcano has erupted, I'm starving and people|
I love are dying... But screw it, I need to screw.'
|She really does, Ron!|
I wish I could think of more to comment on but I just can't. I found this really hard to get through and completely struggled with it. I got bought the second book but I definitely won't be continuing on with this series. The end was very anticlimactic and I worry that the sequel would be harder for me to get through than this one was. I do have to comment that most people seem to enjoy this one, so if it's one you're excited to read than I would still say you could give it a try.
I struggled a lot with this one. I found it hard to get through and it didn't keep me interested in the story. I was bored and found myself wanting to skip ahead. I felt it was an accurate portrayal of how people would react in that situation as a whole, but certain characters I didn't find very believable. Sadly, this one just wasn't for me.