Ashen Winter (Ashfall Trilogy - Book 2)
by Mike Mullin
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 trilogy. 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.
Age Range: 12 and up
Grade Level: 6 and up
Series: Ashfall Trilogy (Book 2)
Paperback: 580 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (October 22, 2013)
Alex and Darla still together against the odds. They find refuge, with some feel of safety, but Alex's quest to find his family has not been achieved. Soon the two friends bound together by the events of "Ashfall" set out once more on a journey filled with danger and uncertainty, at least they have a place to come back too, if they can survive.
A good part two of the trilogy, well written and non-stop peril for our two adventurers. Not as gripping as the first book, but I can't wait till the next book "Sunrise" comes out.
About the Author
Mike Mullin's first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn't last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he's really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.