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.
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!