Summary: It’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.
Review: Mike Mullin is a genius. Ashfall was the best book I read in 2011 and I couldn’t wait for Ashen Winter. So needless to say I was super excited when I got the chance to read it last year.
Going into it I was a little worried I would be disappointed since I loved the first book so much, but in the end I had nothing to worry about. Ashen Winter is amazing. The writing, the plot, and the characters were all just as incredible in this one as they were in the first book. However there were a couple of times that I found it predictable but I was still happy. The predictability didn’t take anything away from the story. Ashen Winter had me smiling and laughing out loud at times, and other times I wanted to scream and pull my hair out.
If you haven’t read Ashfall, please go pick it up and get Ashen Winter while you are at it because these books are the best.
My Rating: 5 stars