There is a volcano that is under Yellowstone National Park. Alex is home alone, his parents and sister are visiting his aunt and uncle, when the super volcano erupts. The ash covers everything and the world as Alex knows it comes to a halt. His house is destroyed and the falling ash makes it nearly impossible to travel. Armed with only a few cans of a food and some skis Alex starts on the 140 mile journey to find his family.
Alex quickly realizes that the new environment has brought out the worst in a lot of people and he must fight to survive. He tries to overcome extreme cold, slow travel, and a dwindling food supply as he makes his way across the state.
Ashfall isn't the most dramatic Dystopian novel I have ever read but it was a decent one. I wish the characters had a been a bit older so it would have been a bit more realistic but it didn't try to skate away from the grim topic and not everything was easily solved, which I appreciated. The journey that Alex took felt authentic and if you ever read up on the history on Pompeii you would know that the scenario is in fact very possible...which does make it a little bit more scarier then your normal run of the mill dystopian.
I'm not sure if there is going to be a sequel but it left it open for one, but at the same time it was tied up nicely so I'm not too worried if one comes out or not.
- Reading level: Ages 12 and up
- Hardcover: 476 pages
- Publisher: Tanglewood Press (September 27, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1933718552
- ISBN-13: 978-1933718552
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars