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Book #40 – Sunrise, Book 3 Ashfall Trilogy

by Mike Mullin blog

Man, I hate trilogies.  Trilogies mean you fall in love with characters, watch them grow, share in their lives and then they leave you.  Forever.  That said, I LOVED the Ashfall Trilogy.  I was honored to receive an advanced copy of Sunrise for review and highly encourage you to buy this one when it is released.  And if you haven’t had the opportunity to read the first two (reviewed earlier in this blog), run out and get those read now.

This is a realistic post apocalyptic series where bad things happen to good (and bad) people.  It is classified as young adult fiction, but as an almost 50 year old I can promise you the material is written for adults as well.  Mullin has the ability to present young characters without dumbing them down or making the dialogue and subject matter boring to older readers.  I especially thought that this third book, Sunrise, presented ageless characters rather than the “innocent” teens we met in book one.

The premise behind the series is the eruption of the supervolcano Yellowstone and the chaos which quickly ensues.  As society breaks down, small groups form, the remaining government becomes as evil as you can imagine in a world without controls and heroes arise.  Book one introduced us to our two main characters, young teens Alex and Darla.  Immediately it is clear Alex is pretty naive and Darla is a well-prepared brain for this new world.  Watching the evolution of these two as Alex matures and rises to leadership, and Darla is crucial not only for her engineering skills but also as a level-headed partner for Alex, was interesting as a reader.  I found myself totally able to see how this new world either makes you or breaks you.

As I spent two nights awake reading and reading because Mullin writes books which can’t be left on the bedside table once begun, I found myself getting angry.  As I said earlier, bad things happen to good people.  Several times in this final book, I found myself very mad at Mullin.  Just absolutely astonished at some of the turns taken for my two friends.  But then I realized, wow.  Mullin is good.  He made me angry because first he made me care.  I love these two teens.  I was invested in their future and I wanted rainbows and unicorns.  But in a post apocalyptic future, rainbows and unicorns are the first things to die.

The worst part of the book Sunrise is that it ended.  Knowing this was the final part of the story is sad for a fan and I’m hoping that perhaps one day…..maybe….book four????  Please.

Book #36 – The Compound

by S.A. Bodeen book

I loved this post apocalyptic fiction book very, very much.  Imagine Bill Gates x10 with money and the knowledge that the world is about to end.  He creates an underground compound for he and his family and we get to see how they live and survive in the apocalypse.  But, unlike all those doom and gloom apocalypse predictions, these people live waaayyyy better than most of us live now.

Until………

I am all about NOT spoiling a book by telling you too much.  I really dislike those book reviews that read like grade school book reports spelling out exactly what happens and why.  So, sadly, to avoid being a big mouth, I now have to stop writing.

But you should go get this book if you are a PA fan and also enjoy YA books.  And if you don’t know what those letters mean, you can always just watch television.

5/5 Stars

Book #32 – Ashfall

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The worst part of Mullin’s young adult novel “Ashfall” is I stayed up through the night to keep reading and reading.  To an author, I bet that criticism is praise to his ears.

Set in modern times, this post apocalyptic tale takes place following the eruption of a super-volcano under Yellowstone National Park.  All the book seemed believable, but the introduction was especially engrossing and set the tone for an exciting, realistic vision of a young teen who must survive in a world full of falling ash, endless days of gloom, little food and mankind which easily turns on one another in the face of crisis.

You know how in every horror movie a character will knock out a villain, turn their back and the villain gets up and finishes his attack?  How many times have you screamed – hit him again dummy???  Mullin has created characters who are not silly.  They encounter a bad guy and are in danger – they finish off the bad guy.  This felt so much more realistic and made the now dangerous world come to life for the reader.

As with most non-zombie apocalyptic books, my favorite parts involve the lengths one must go to ensure survival:  finding food, securing weapons, procuring supplies to be used now that the chain of distribution has collapsed.  Perhaps it is my years of being a Pepco electric customer ( http://www.wjla.com/articles/2012/07/pepco-most-hated-company-in-america-comes-under-fire-for-outages-77648.html ) who routinely loses power for multiple days, but I love the orderliness of making a plan and working it.  Despite living within miles of the United States President, when we get strong gusts of wind, our neighborhood power ceases and may be out as long as a week.  When I hear of an impending storm, I begin my own preparations: wash and put away all laundry, run dishwasher, clean house so we don’t trip in the dark over all the junk, fresh batteries, flashlights, freeze the food in hopes it will last longer, and on and on.  I was built to live in the apocalypse.

So glad this is book 1 of a trilogy!

5/5 Stars

Book #2 – In a Perfect World

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by Laura Kasischke

If I could read only one genre for the rest of my life, without a doubt it would be post-apocalyptic fiction.  I love all kinds of the realistic end of the world scenarios – pandemics, nuclear war, EMP.  Don’t care for the “we all turn into zombie” stuff, but if bird flu is sweeping the globe, I’m in.  My favorite book is Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank.  Although old, his classic novel takes me to a place of preparation, anticipation and survival mode.

There are only so many PA novels written, so when a new one hits the stores, I am excited like a kid at Disney.  Laura Kasischke’s “In a Perfect World” did not disappoint.  In fact, this was a book I read in 2 days because I could not stop.  It was also a unique PA book in that the main character was female.  Typically this is not the case.  Kasischke also managed to write a PA book which doesn’t smack you in the face that you are about to enter the end of the world as we know it.

The story begins with a single career woman meeting Prince Charming, marrying and becoming step-mom to his three kids.  Much of what is covered early in the book is about life: love, romance, resentment, and finding your place in your new world.  Later, both the marriage and the world change in ways the main character, Jiselle, could never have anticipated.

The second half of the book shows a new Mom stepping up and becoming the family leader and protector.  The story moves quickly, the characters are believable, the reason for the change in the world seems plausible.  I am a tough chick and a hard to please reader.   I will stop reading a book which cannot hold my attention.  I hope I am not overbuilding this one, but I cried during the last chapter.

Highly recommend this one.

5/5 Stars