Ashen Winter Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

Posted September 27, 2012 by jen123 in Blog, Uncategorized / 23 Comments

Title: Ashen Winter
Author: Mike Mullin
Publish Date:  October 16th 2012 by Tanglewood Press

 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.

Phew, what a ride this book took me on!

When we first met Alex and Darla in Ashfall, their situations were terrifying. In fact, when I stopped to think about it, it was more terrifying than your average post-apocalyptic read due to the fact that it’s an apocalyptic future that is theoretically possible. Though Alex’s journey in Ashfall was a slow and arduous one, it was gripping.

Now, in Ashen Winter things have sped up considerably. It was more fast-paced than Mullin’s previous book, every moment imbued with a sense of urgency.

Some of the dangers are the same, but they’ve increased. People have gotten wilder, civilizations more hostile to outsiders. Any semblances of government left are treated (and with good reason) with extreme wariness. Mike Mullin does an excellent job painting us a picture of life after the apocalypse.

Alex’s personal struggles come to life in a new way as well. Since the volcano exploded, he’s had to do a lot of growing up without adult having any say so in the matter. He’s had to decide right from wrong and make important decisions. Some adults that he encounters seem perfectly willing to accept him as an adult. Others can’t focus on anything but his age. It understandably frustrates him and it’s interesting as he reconciles what they want with what he wants.

Personally, I think the faster pace of Ashen Winter makes it even more enthralling than the first book. If you like post-apocalytpic fiction, you’ll definitely want to check these books out!

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23 responses to “Ashen Winter Blog Tour: Review and Giveaway

  1. Christina K.

    Love what you said about it being different and scary because this kind of eruption is possible. Also, it's obvious there's a lot of character development since he has to grow up on his own, without anyone enforcing anything on him.

    Really great review:)

    Thank you:)

  2. I just LOVE dystopia and cannot wait to read Ashen Winter! It sounds like an amazing fantasy/adventure/survival read. I first fell in love with this genre by finding Carrie Ryan's The Forest of Hands and Teeth, I was reluctant to read it but I am glad I did, my new favorite genre! Thanks so much for this giveaway, whoever wins will have a fantastic read I'm sure. :0)

  3. I haven't read much post apocalyptic fiction, but if it's a possibility that it may happen I love it. Maybe I have a sick mind, but pain and suffering isn't as interesting if I can't imagine it actually happening. So I'm not a big fan of fantasy apocalypses, (even though I love normal fantasy) but sci-fi can do anything as long as they give an explanation and I'll gush for months (case in point: Ender's Game. Or anything by Orson Scott Card. He is one of the best writers ever)

  4. Suz Reads

    I love dystopian/post-apocalytpic fiction and both of these books sound amazing! From your review, it sounds like these are full of action and very fast paced! I can't wait to read them!

  5. Both my daughter and I absolutely loved Ashfall, and eagerly await Ashen Winter!! <3

    And, I think Mr. Mullin's research really showed in his amazing portrayal of what a super volcano with the resultant ash fall might be like. It's really scary to realize that there are multiple super volcanoes throughout the globe. Let's just hope the real thing never happens! lol
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

  6. Ashfall was absolutely AMAZING and I have been waiting soooo long to get my hands on Ashen Winter. The world that Mike Mullin has created is so realistic that it is scary!

  7. Finally, a book tour of a series I actually like! The problem with me is that when so much time passes between book #1 and the next I kind of lose interest… but I'm definitely reading this one! I need a new series to hype about 🙂

    New follower!


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