Book 1: Ashfall
author : mike mullin
pages : [hardcover] 576
favorite characters : alex & darla
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.
I love this series so very much! I became addicted to it from the very first page of Ashfall and was so excited to get my hands on the sequel! Every single chapter is action packed and filled with everything you could ever want. The fight for survival, for love, for a better life . . The fight to stop the evil that has arisen with this catastrophic incident. I don’t think that I could ever survive times like this, but Alex and Darla are definitely a team to be reckoned with.
I love how they’re such equals, always saving each other and doing things for one another. It isn’t always the girl falling into trouble or the guy chasing after the girl. They trust each other and have found something really special, even after everything that has happened to both of them. I loved seeing how that progressed in the time that passed between these two books and throughout Ashen Winter.
So much happens in here, and I can’t talk about it for fear of spoiling something, but you really need to read it. Be prepared for a wild adventure you won’t want to tear yourself away from! It seems like it’d be a really long book that would take a while to read but I breezed through it in a couple of days because I wanted so badly to find out what would happen next!
There are a few new characters introduced in this book and I loved how they were all interesting and unique-even if I didn’t necessarily like all of them. Now I need more! This is one of my favorite books now.