Review: ‘Ashen Winter’ by Mike Mullin

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Ashen Winter’ by Mike MullinAshen Winter by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall #2
Published by Tanglewood Press on October 16th, 2012
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Survival, Young Adult
Pages: 576
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
t’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. 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.

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This is the second book in a series so it may contain spoilers if you haven’t read Ashfall.

Honestly I didn’t know how I was going to write this review again. I erased it by accident. And it was finished, and ready to be coded. Complete fail on my part.

The trials and tribulations that Alex and Darla go through are intense to say the least. I didn’t really understand their fast paced relationship, but I’m only guessing they had to mature quite quickly because of their current situation. I guess you form quick relationships when you’re trying to survive! There’s non-stop action in this read and I happen to love stories that keep on punching out scenes that have your heart racing.

This post-apocalyptic book is written well with the research with such a realistic point of view that I found myself Googling volcanoes that could erupt in my spare time. There’s also the brilliant relationships that Mike Mullin forms and our hero Alex does everything he can to save the people he loves. It pretty much ripped my heart apart then came together again with minor stitches along the way because that’s how good it was.

Highly recommended for any reader who likes end-of-the-world survival stories!





  1. Sophia Rose

    September 10, 2013 at 12:10 AM

    I loved the first book, but haven’t gotten a chance to read this one. I’m glad its intense too. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    • Giselle

      September 10, 2013 at 3:50 PM

      Definitely find a chance to read this one!

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