When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive. In Ashfall we have Alex trekking across the country to find his family. In Ashen Winter we have Alex trekking across the country to find his family.
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I hope you noticed the repetition there. We do learn a bit more about the gangs and see them in more detail, but those are really just interesting filler bits. Ashen Winter lacks a strong, overarching plot progression. Furthermore, I felt like in some ways, the book was a little anti-climactic.
Basically the book revolves around Alex searching for his parents. Alex went through all this trouble to find his parents, and then they just annoyed me. They treated Alex like such a child and I was so annoyed at how his parents refused to leave with him. All that work, all that anticipation.. We have some really interesting new characters including Ben, an insanely intelligent—but autistic—character. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Ashfall was his first published novel in , and now the second book in the Ashfall Trilogy has recently been released: Ashen Winter.
Ashen Winter resumes where Ashfall left off, with breakneck pace and plenty of heart-stopping moments.
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But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities, and horrifying acts of desperation. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive. This program is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Hood River County Library District at , info hoodriverlibrary. Skip to main content. Event date:. We also have Alyssa and Ben who are new to us, but I have a feeling they'll become more important in the next book.
Ben has Autism and he is a source of great comic relief in the novel.
Mullin did a great job of his portrayal without going overboard. We got enough information to deduce that he mostly like had Autism, but the confirmation was nice too. The cliff hanger at the end made me scream of course. I already can't wait for the next book. I'm so happy to say that knowing Mike Mullins personally made my enjoyment of these novels so much better.
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He's truly an inspiration and I'm glad that his writing dreams are coming true! Lots of action, lots of attachments to characters. This is a great roller coaster ride! I give it an A! LibraryThing member AyleeArgh. In short: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin is a strong sequel that takes a very raw and realistic look into humanity in the advent of a terrifying post-apocalyptic event. Six months after the supervolcano has erupted, plunging North America into darkness and a deluge of ash, Alex and Darla are still struggling to survive in a frozen and crime-ridden world in Ashen Winter.
The ramifications of such a destructive, post-apocalyptic event are on full display in Ashen Winter in all its gruesome and cruel glory. This is something that Mike Mullin excels at: he presents a raw and realistic look into humanity akin to The Road, that showcases the lows that people would sink to survive.
It is absolutely believable and that makes it all the more terrifying. Alex remains one of my favourite male protagonists. He is an inherently moral and noble character.
Almost to a fault really, as there is admittedly not a whole lot of room for kindness and generosity in such a cruel post-apocalyptic world. But that is why it is so impressive. Time and time again, when faced with the prospect of screwing someone over to his advantage or treating them fairly to his disadvantage, Alex always does the honourable thing much to Darla's chagrin.
In a world full of people who do unforgivable, disgusting things, Alex at least never compromises his morality. My only problem with Ashen Winter is the same as it was for Ashfall: there is an excessive amount of details in Mike Mullin's writing style, making for an unnecessarily long read that could have been edited and made shorter.
Despite the elaborate writing style, I can't deny that I was never bored while reading Ashen Winter. Mike Mullin somehow manages to achieve almost literally non-stop action scenes over the course of the pages. Now that's impressive. Overall, Ashen Winter is a strong sequel and is definitely recommended to all fans of Ashfall. Ashen Winter will be released October 16, by Tanglewood Press, with the third and final book to follow in LibraryThing member ewyatt.
A brutal sequel in post-volcano Illinois and Iowa.
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Six months after the disaster, Alex and Darla are getting by fairly well on his uncle's farm. But he feels he must go after the parents who disappeared after looking for him. The quest leads Alex into dangerous situation after dangerous situation, facing off against violent cannibal gangs and government contractors, in a world where resources, especially food are becoming more and more scarce. How much will he risk to rescue Darla, his parents? While this book is thick, it's a quick read that I would give to older readers in my school.
LibraryThing member Meggle. Ashen Winter begins six months after Ashfall leaves off. Alex and Darla have been living fairly comfortably considering the whole super-volcano eruption thing and all on his uncle's farm waiting for some word about his parents. When some thieves try to rob the farm and leave behind his fathers rifle, Alex decides he can't wait any longer. Alex and Darla set out to locate his missing parents and the life-threatening situations begin. The book is fast paced, the chapters are short, and it is very hard to put down.
The ending leaves you eagerly awaiting for the next in the series.
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LibraryThing member Jen7waters. Alex now lives in a harsh scenario, where survival is something he has to work for daily. Many thanks to Tanglewood Press and NetGalley for providing me with a copy of Ashen Winter in exchange for a honest review. LibraryThing member Krista In the first book of the series, Ashfall.
The supervalcano has erupted and Alex is left alone, as his parents had been visiting family in Iowa. He has no choice, in his opinion to leave the house and try to find them. Enduring some very exhausting travels and experiencing troubling acts of human behavior he is able to travel far and meet new people in a very gripping story. Now in book two, he still has yet to find his parents and decides that it has been too long and they have not returned.
He must find them, and Darla refuses to let him leave alone. Now that some time has passed, the states and it's people are trying to regain some sort of formed societies.
But there is still huge danger with the rebel groups and so much death, fighting and starvation. Alex and Darla each experience turmoil and separation. Meeting new people, and visiting again with characters from the first book.