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Mullin, Mike.
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Publication Information:
Terre Haute, IN : Tanglewood Publishing, 2014.
Physical Description:
546 pages ; 23 cm.
Nearly a year after the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano, survival has become harder than ever and Alex and Darla must risk everything to try to create a community that can withstand the ongoing disaster.
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Accelerated Reader AR UG 5.5 17.0 169489.
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The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever -- and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall , the action of Ashen Winter , and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

Author Notes

Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin's first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at the central library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. He has worked in his mother's business, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, for more than 20 years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mullin wrote his first novel in elementary school -- Captain Poopy's Sewer Adventures . He's been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall was his first published novel. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit for more info.

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Booklist Review

Eleven months after a supervolcanic eruption, 16-year-old Alex finds himself mayor of a newly formed town called Speranta. Despite his age and the fact that he is dealing with shrinking food supplies and a never-ending winter, Alex must establish himself as a leader. There are graphic moments in this conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy, though fewer than in the previous entries, as Mullin's characters shift to the process of establishing and maintaining a civilization. Egocentric adult politicians, a sadistic guerrilla leader in a nearby town, and some spiffy strategies for creating power and safe places to live (STEM alert!) round out the believable state building. Although there are some losses, Alex and Darla's romance as well as the fate of most of those they love wraps up in a very satisfying conclusion. This involving narrative would be enriched by reading Ashfall (2011) and Ashen Winter (2012) first, but it can be enjoyed on its own.--Welch, Cindy Copyright 2014 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Alex and Darla are still together and still fighting for survival in a postapocalyptic America in the third and, sadly, last book of this trilogy. Following a cataclysmic volcanic eruption and a devastating plunge into an ice-age, the teens have established a core group of survivors. Darla, with her gift for engineering, has cobbled together greenhouses, and the additional food and shelter have attracted both potential friends and enemies. In spite of his youth, Alex has developed into a charismatic leader but lacks the support of the older members of the community. Living on the knife-edge of extinction has taken its toll on the pair physically and emotionally, and enemies from within and without besiege them relentlessly. Themes of cannibalism, torture, sexuality, death, and emotional anguish may distress some readers, but more mature teens (and many adults) will find this series a worthy addition to the postapocalyptic literary pantheon.-Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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