Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publish Date: September 27, 2011
Origins: From Author for Review
Order From: Amazon / Barnes & Noble
Synopsis: Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.
Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.
Along the way, Alex struggles through a landscape transformed by more than a foot of ash. The disaster brings out the best and worst in people desperate for food, clean water, and shelter. When an escaped convict injures Alex, he searches for a sheltered place where he can wait--to heal or to die. Instead, he finds Darla. Together, they fight to achieve a nearly impossible goal: surviving the supervolcano.
Review: Ashfall is an amazing and riveting book for teens and adults both. There are some adult themes (violence and some sex) which means I would recommend it for older teens. The vivid descriptions draw you along with Alex until you can feel yourself next to him slogging away through ash and dirt, too. Made even more frightening by the fact that this is something that could really happen as some supervolcanoes are "overdue" for eruption (according to scientists who know more about this than I ever will). Powerful and gripping, Ashfall is not a book you are going to want to miss! You also won't be able to put it down once you've started it!
Ashfall Series: Ashfall (1), Ashen Winter (2)