From the opening paragraph, Mike Mullin's "Ashfall" grabs you and takes you on a wild ride through his realistic post-apocalyptic vision of hell on earth.
A supervolcano in Yellowstone has erupted and changed the landscape and civilization almost overnight. Everything is covered in layers of ash.
Rescued by his neighbors, Darren and Joe, the three hunker down to wait out the deafening sounds of explosions and eat what's left in the fridge. Things can't get much worse, or can they? Three men break in and attack Joe. Alex, a taekwondo black belt manages to take one down, then Darren returns with a gun and suddenly their living room is drenched in spilled bad guy blood. Too much for Alex, he hits the road on a journey that he hopes will take him to his uncle's farm and his family.The journey won't be easy. Who can he trust? Food is in short supply. Yet, there are some people out there who seem to have no trouble finding meat. Along the way, injured and struggling, he meets Darla, who may be one of the coolest possible girlfriends any boy in the new world of ash and snow could hope for. I won't give away anything further. You'll have to join Alex on a road trip that will keep you up reading until the last page and keep you thinking about possible scary futures and what to do to avoid them and maybe brushing up some martial art skills. "Ashfall" is a debut title from Mr. Mullin... and it won't be the last, because "Ashen Winter", the sequel, will be out in the fall and I'll be giving you an advance review next week.
"Ashfall" fan video (above) by Karin Perry
Check out this footage (below) taken when Mt. St. Helens erupted!