Ashfall (Ashfall Trilogy - Book 1)
by Mike Mullin
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.
Series: Ashfall Trilogy (Book 1)
Paperback: 476 pages
Publisher: Tanglewood Press; First Trade Paper Edition edition (October 16, 2012)
Under the fall of ash from a supervolcano a new exciting adventure is born and soon like the darkening skies, reality dims, and the nightmare begins. Like most apocalyptic yarns, first there is the life altering disaster that changes everything, but soon it's the people left behind that become the real threat and the greatest friends.
Very well paced and written and hard one to stop reading, even when the owls begin to howl. This could easily be adapted into a feature movie.
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.