Friday, October 12, 2012

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin


Last year I was lucky enough to review an awesome book by author Mike Mullin, Ashfall. Now, I’m excited to bring you book 2- Ashen Winter. Plus, I have a brand spanking new copy to give away. Fill out the rafflecopter form below to enter!

The Story (Market Copy) - It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone super volcano. 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. 

My Thoughts- I enjoyed the book. As a sequel it ramps up the tension. At several times you wonder if one of the main characters is dead, and the author really strings the moments along for full effect. The writing is good and the characters grow and develop more, bringing the reader further into the story.There is a really cool community that Alex finds that hides itself behind walls of ice. I found their trials interesting and I was rooting for their survival. It is always amazing to see what people would do in dire situations, and Mullin pulls no stops. And the scary part, I can actually see people becoming cannibals. Yuck.

Most of the story is going back and forth between this gang of cannibals and one of the military camps where Alex’s parents are being held. I didn’t feel like the story moved around enough. I wanted there to be a trek back to Iowa, similar to the amazing trek in book 1, a total survival of the fittest thing. Instead the journey is more circular, and I found myself wanting more action and experiences. 

However, there is a cliff hanger, and I am excited to see what happens in book three.  There seems to be a bloody confrontation approaching, and the potential is there for lots of action.



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15 comments:

  1. I haven't physically prepared for an apocalypse. If there is one I can see zombies in the future.

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    1. If you like zombies, have you read Ashes by Ilsa Bick?

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  2. I read both books and liked them immensely.

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  3. As fun as the zombie apocalypse stuff is, I think the next apocalypse will be a combination of social unrest and either geographic disaster or plague. Or both! And although I have stockpiled emergency supplies...no, I don't think I'll be ready. And my first priority will be reconnecting with my family...which could likely get me killed.

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  4. It will probably be a plague. I can't even seem to get prepared for snow, much less an apocalypse! lol

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  5. I leave the apocalypse preparation to the husband kids. They are all convinced it will be zombies!

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  6. Hmm, I think it will be either zombies or the plague. Both are very possible. :D

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  7. Anything above. We due for something that will end all live as we know. (No shopping malls, books, video games, ect.) Everyone will assume to world is ending, yada yada yada. It happends at every century or so, nothing new in history.

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  8. I am totally unprepared for any upcoming apocalypse. I have a feeling it will be either a plague or nukes. How does one really prepare for that? : )

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  9. I am unprepared even for the current apocalypse. Oh, you hadn't noticed? Forget I mentioned it, OK? ;^)

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  10. I am definitely not prepared. I always tend to dream about a zombie apocalypse, particularly being trapped in my home with zombies roaming right outside the window, and me trying to be as quiet and still as possible... But probably viral apocalypse would be more realistic =)

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  11. If by prepared, you mean *ready to die horribly* lol ...

    No, seriously, I am so unprepared for any kind of apocalypse, even *gnomes armed with dull butter knives* ... but at least it's interesting & fun to read about these things, even if I wouldn't survive past the first two pages if it were real life! ;)

    And thank you for the sweet giveaway <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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  12. Im not prepared but i think the end of the world will be when god choses =)

    darleneysaguirre@yahoo.com

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  13. Usually, sequels don't add up to the expectations if the first. However, Ashen Winter meets any and all expectations. This novel is fast paced adventure, but with enough heart to make you really care for the characters.
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