Book Review: Ashfall

Do you ever have those books that start out really great and by the time you’re a hundred pages in you find yourself dreading the final 300 pages?  This happened to me as I was reading Ashfall.

Book Bio:

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.

My opinion:  This book started off with a bang.  It got my heart pumping, interest piqued and I was really rooting for Alex.  And then…it all fell apart.  This book was 50 pages of excitement, 300+ pages of the same old boring stuff.  Ash, snow, lack of food, lack of water, brutality, death, etc.

I get that these ideas had to be introduced into the book.  It was, afterall, a post apocalyptic novel.  But come on!  300 pages and it had a terrible ending?  Who wants to read the sequel when I could barely manage to finish the first?

In truth, I skipped about a hundred pages to get to the end after reading some reviews on Goodreads.  Apparently the same ole stuff was just carrying right on through and I couldn’t be bothered to read it.

Overall…I’d give this book a 2 out of 5 stars.  I was BORED to tears, which is sad cause I was stuck in a hospital for two days and was begging for something to entertain me late at night.  Ashfall certainly didn’t cut it!


I’m an obsessive writer, avid reader and writer’s group fanatic. Proud soccer wife and mom and loyal supporter of Chelsea. I’ve been a carbaholic since birth and am now hopelessly addicted to Dr. Pepper 10. Who says it’s only for men? Author of teen paranormal romance, Forbidden.

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One comment on “Book Review: Ashfall
  1. Amy Miles says:

    Just finished watching 2012. I wonder if Mike Mullin got his idea for Ashfall from watching this movie. Super volcano blows up and the ash reaches all the way to D.C. Hmm I wonder.

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