Responsibility’s a cruel bitch. She comes for you whether you want it or not.
Mike Mullin: Ashen Winter

CoverFans of Dystopian literature, get ready for the second installment of Mike Mullin’s Ashfall Trilogy.

Ten months have passed since Alex has last seen the sun. The Yellowstone’s eruption has hurled billions of tons of fine ash and sulfur dioxide into the stratosphere and even the biggest optimists don’t expect the sky to return to normal within the following years. In the past months Alex and his girlfriend Darla haven’t only seen the sky go dark but also their entire society. They have to watch first hand how cruel and malicious people can be when chaos rules the world. Darwin’s ‚Survival of the Fittest” has gained a new meaning.

At the beginning of Ashen Winter, Alex and Darla are still staying on Alex’s uncle’s farm not knowing what has happened to his parents. When Alex finally uncovers some information that his parents might still be alive he is hell-bent and no fear, warning or plea can stop him from going on his search. Together, Alex and Darla set out in the disastrous world where they have to face kidnappers, zombie-like cannibals, hunger, disappointment and desperation.

I don’t want to spoil too much of the story, just give away some clues. Again, a lot of catastrophes happen and then shit hits the fan when Alex and Darla get separated by accident and he has to do everything to find and rescue her. In a few words, Ashen Winter is sort of a thrilling roller coaster ride in a tunnel of horror, a constant fight for survival, freedom and love.

After my classification of Ashfall as one of my favorite books this year, my expectations for Ashen Winter were – carefully worded – huge, gigantic, overwhelming. Well, I think you know what I want to say. And, did it meet my expectations? NO, it exceeded them by far! This second installment is even better than the first one and provides non-stop action, fantastic new characters, tragic and moving moments and for all who can’t do without this a not at all cheesy romance.

Ashen Winter is a quite long book with almost 600 pages but I can promise that it doesn’t feel long at all because it has you constantly on the edge of your seat. I can only hope that Mike Mullin doesn’t wait too long for the final installment of the Ashfall series. Five Stars for this page-turner that describes a dystopian future that is in many ways too realistic and scary to be a comfortable read.

The review is based on a copy provided by the publisher Tanglewood Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of the book.

Ashen Winter
Mike Mullin
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
ISBN-10: 1933718757
ISBN-13: 978-1933718750
Pages: 594
Publication Date: October 16, 2012
Reading Level: Ages 14 and up

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