Where will you be when Yellowstone National Park’s super volcano erupts? It will. It’s just a matter of when. Mike Mullin has written two very impressive YA fiction novels about the inevitable eruption in the United States’s Mid-West that cripples and virtually destroys the country. His first book in the series, “Ashfall” and this one, “Ashen Winter” tells the story of a teenaged couple who learns to survive, along with others in a world completely rewritten by the volcano’s devastation. It’s a story of humanity’s survival…of the end of Eden and the loss of innocence coupled with the struggle for sanity and hope, literally, amidst the ashes. As always, it’s love that’s found to be the highest order of all things.
Mullin shows the evils of mankind in their most blatant…the “what ifs” at their worst. And, he shows the courage of women and men under duress, as well. Many times I found myself holding my breath, and then cheering for Darla, the stronger-than-the-men young woman, who is a genius at almost everything she puts her hand to including mechanics! Often, I clenched my teeth and shook my head in frustration at the stops and starts, the things and people that held back Alex, the teenager from whose eyes and ears we first experienced the disaster. The characters running amok in these books are worthy of zombie-land! The main characters, however, are salt-of-the-earth types who we can easily recognize among our friends and family. The struggle to survive is the driving force of their lives.
This is a novel that’s not easy to read in terms of it’s plausibility. It’s not easy to “hear.” The Super Volcano eruption could happen. It might happen in our time..any day. What’s for sure is that this is a set of books that would do well to be taught in public and private high schools throughout the United States! Forewarned is to be a little better prepared. Because if it ever happens…all bets are off and it’s literally every single woman for herself.
5 stars blazing for this fabulous book!!
Published by: Tanglewood Press
Author: Mike Mullin
Author’s website: http://www.mikemullinauthor.com