Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Book Review: Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin

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.

Sunrise, by Mike Mullin, is the third and final chapter of the Ashfall series.  I reviewed the first two books, Ashfall and Ashen Winter as they were published and have been a fan from the beginning.  One of the best parts of the whole series is the relationship between Alex and Darla.  They had to mature faster than teenagers usually do, and the love and caring between the two feels very real.  The relationship grows even deeper in Sunrise.

The ingenuity of the characters in building greenhouses and lodging, and how they go about things like watering the plants is astounding.  Though, for myself, a little less technical explanation of the processes would have made for more enjoyable reading.

Sunrise is an action-packed fight for survival in a world turned harsh and uninviting.  Post-apocalyptic thrills for teens and adults!

I received Sunrise from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

 I give this book 4 Bookworms.

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