Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

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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 trilogy. 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.

About Mike Mullin

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Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mike's first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mike has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at Central Library in Indianapolis. Later, he paid his way through graduate school in part by serving as a reference assistant. Mike has worked in his mother's business, Kids Ink Children's Bookstore, for more than twenty years, serving at various times as a store manager, buyer, school and library salesperson, and marketing consultant. Mike wrote his first novel in elementary school-Captain Poopy's Sewer Adventures. He's been writing more or less nonstop ever since, but fortunately for his readers, Ashfall will be his first published novel. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit for more info about Mike and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.
Published October 9, 2012 by Tanglewood Press. 582 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Almost a year after the Yellowstone eruption in Ashfall (2011), Alex and Darla are drawn back to dangerous Illinois, which has only grown worse.

Apr 18 2012 | Read Full Review of Ashen Winter (Ashfall)


Ashen Winter is the riveting continuation of the story of survival being lived by Alex and Darla as they navigate a world transformed the eruption of the Yellowstone National Park super volcano.

Sep 25 2012 | Read Full Review of Ashen Winter (Ashfall)


It would have been easy to repeat the problems and difficulties that Alex and Darla encountered and have them fight those same issues in the second book.

Oct 24 2012 | Read Full Review of Ashen Winter (Ashfall)

The Young Folks

Sometimes when reading a story, I stop to think about something else, sometimes it’s pertaining to the story I’m reading, and then I go back to reading.

Oct 06 2012 | Read Full Review of Ashen Winter (Ashfall)

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