Author: Mike Mullin

Mike Mullin

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.

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Sunrise by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #3) – Cover Reveal + Giveaway

October 2, 2013 Cover Reveal, Giveaways 0

It’s here, it’s here! And it’s beautiful! I’m hoping the finale of this trilogy is as beautiful as its cover…

Ladies and Gentlemen, I give you – the cover of Sunrise by Mike Mullin:

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About the Book: The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors’ constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever — and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

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About Mike Mullin

Mike Mullin

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.

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Review: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #2)

August 31, 2012 Review 2 ★★★★★

Review: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #2)Release Date: October 16, 2012
Title: Ashen Winter
Series: Ashfall #2
Author: Mike Mullin
Pages: 576
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: Publisher Provided
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.
5 Stars

Sophomore slump? Move along, nothing to see here.

If anything, this one was better than the first.

The world Alex and Darla live in is far bleaker than the world we were introduced to in Ashfall. Refugee camps filled with “inmates”, gangs of cannibals, human slaves…

And through it all, love remains the central focus. Love, not to be confused with romance. How does Mullins do it?

One of the things I love about this trilogy is that it seems so plausible. If a situation like this actually happened, I’m pretty sure the world would devolve into cannibal gangs and towns behind walls and government “protected” refugee camps. It’s depressing, but fascinating. The character development and world building captured my attention enough that I was actually sad when it was over because I wanted to stay in that world a little bit longer – even though it was a rather bleak world. Alex and Darla were my friends.

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Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #1)

August 24, 2012 Review 6 ★★★★★

Review: Ashfall by Mike Mullin (Ashfall #1)Release Date: September 27, 2011
Title: Ashfall
Series: Ashfall #1
Author: Mike Mullin
Pages: 466
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: Owned
Available: Barnes and Noble
From the Publisher: 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.
5 Stars

This one had been on my list to read for awhile, and by the time I got to it I was actually a little bit apprehensive to read it for fear that my expectations were way too high.

They weren’t.

I love a great survival story. And at the heart of this book, that’s what it is. I struggled to find a genre for Ashfall– it’s billed as sci-fi, but I don’t see it as science fiction (though technically, I suppose it really is). It’s not dystopian, it’s not post-apocalyptic… I guess it’s present-day apocalyptic? But really, it’s just survivalist fiction.

Alex is a fifteen year old kid who is forced to grow up overnight in a world that has become unrecognizable. He goes through some horrific things that people should never have to go through, especially not at fifteen. There were times my heart was in my throat and I almost had to close my eyes to avoid what was coming next (of course, that doesn’t work very well when you’re reading).

And when you meet Darla, you’ll understand why she and Alex have become one of my favorite duos in fiction. They make a great team. They work together so well. They lean on one another and build quite the solid friendship through the crisis.

All in all, this is one of my favorite books that I’ve read this year. It’s one that I wish I hadn’t read yet – just so I could re-read it.

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