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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Ashfall
by Mike Mullin
Publication Date: October 11th, 2011

From Goodreads:

Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.

Ashfall is the story of Alex, a teenage boy left alone for the weekend while his parents visit relatives. When the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts unexpectedly, Alex is determined to reach his parents. He must travel over a hundred miles in a landscape transformed by a foot of ash and the destruction of every modern convenience that he has ever known, and through a new world in which disaster has brought out both the best and worst in people desperate for food, water, and warmth. With a combination of nonstop action, a little romance, and very real science, this is a story that is difficult to stop reading and even more difficult to forget.

What’s got me excited?

The buzz is that Mike Mullin has created a chillingly realistic apocalypse and brilliant portrayal of the good and evil in people facing a harsh new reality. While that would be enough to make me want this book several review’s have mentioned Darla, the love interest, but boy does she sound like so much more! The story of Alex’s survival sounds so exciting! Add to that a strong realistically portrayed female character and you’ve got a book I can’t wait to read.

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