Sunrise (Ashfall Series #3)

Sunrise (Ashfall Series #3)

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by Mike Mullin
     
 

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The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are

Overview

The Yellowstone supervolcano nearly wiped out the human race. Now, almost a year after the eruption, the survivors seem determined to finish the job. Communities wage war on each other, gangs of cannibals roam the countryside, and what little government survived the eruption has collapsed completely. The ham radio has gone silent. Sickness, cold, and starvation are the survivors' constant companions.

When it becomes apparent that their home is no longer safe and adults are not facing the stark realities, Alex and Darla must create a community that can survive the ongoing disaster, an almost impossible task requiring even more guts and more smarts than ever—and unthinkable sacrifice. If they fail . . . they, their loved ones, and the few remaining survivors will perish.

This epic finale has the heart of Ashfall, the action of Ashen Winter, and a depth all its own, examining questions of responsibility and bravery, civilization and society, illuminated by the story of an unshakable love that transcends a post-apocalyptic world and even life itself.

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"Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy [. . .] As the small community’s population increases through new arrivals, everyone must learn not only trust, but how and when to forgive. The writing, even in transitory moments of peace, never lets readers forget that potential catastrophe lurks around every corner. A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

"A very satifying conclusion to the series."—Booklist

"Readers who enjoy dystopian novels will gravitate toward this story of a world set in the not-too-distant future, where danger lurks everywhere. There is plenty of action and bloodshed in this final book in the trilogy. Betrayal, revenge, and suspicion, however, finally give way to the power of hope and love."—VOYA

Sunrise, the third book in what I consider the best YA/Teen series being published right now … [is an] absolutely brilliant ending to this wonderful series. I am sorry that this is the last book but it provided many hours of gripping adventure and a wildk, exciting ride.” — Susan Wasson, Bookseller, Bookworks  

VOYA, June 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 2) - Teri Lesesne
Alex and Darla have created a new community of survivors of the volcanic eruption that caused catastrophic damage to the environment. In the aftermath of the violence that followed the disintegration of government and society, building a new community has been difficult work. Now, though, greenhouses are growing food, energy is being produced using wind and old batteries, and everyone has a job to perform. There are other communities, however, that are not run in a civil fashion. That places Alex, and all he holds dear, at risk. In this final book in the Ashfall trilogy, Alex and Speranta, his community named for the hope the residents still hold, must face the ultimate battle for survival. Readers who enjoy dystopian novels will gravitate toward this story of a world set in the not-too-distant future, where danger lurks everywhere. There is plenty of action and bloodshed in this final book in the trilogy. Betrayal, revenge, and suspicion, however, finally give way to the power of hope and love. Reviewer: Teri Lesesne; Ages 15 to 18.
School Library Journal
04/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Alex and Darla are still together and still fighting for survival in a postapocalyptic America in the third and, sadly, last book of this trilogy. Following a cataclysmic volcanic eruption and a devastating plunge into an ice-age, the teens have established a core group of survivors. Darla, with her gift for engineering, has cobbled together greenhouses, and the additional food and shelter have attracted both potential friends and enemies. In spite of his youth, Alex has developed into a charismatic leader but lacks the support of the older members of the community. Living on the knife-edge of extinction has taken its toll on the pair physically and emotionally, and enemies from within and without besiege them relentlessly. Themes of cannibalism, torture, sexuality, death, and emotional anguish may distress some readers, but more mature teens (and many adults) will find this series a worthy addition to the postapocalyptic literary pantheon.—Jane Henriksen Baird, Anchorage Public Library, AK
Kirkus Reviews
★ 2014-02-19
Survivors must rebuild society in the conclusion to the Ashfall trilogy. After Stockton's invasion of Warren in Ashen Winter (2012), Warren's residents take refuge at Uncle Paul's farm. Determined to take back their town and unwilling to listen to teenagers who think the plan's tactically unsound, Mayor Petty leads a frontal assault on Stockton. It ends badly, but that gives Alex the chance to lead a bold, unexpected counterstrike. Once Warren's retaken, Petty disagrees with Alex's argument that they need to fortify against future assaults and manipulates Alex into running for mayor against him. Dirty politics create hostility toward Alex's family. They face abandoning more than just their farm for a defensible location. Their small group ingeniously battles long odds and starvation while creating their new home and greenhouse, necessitating daring stealth raids of Stockton's stockpile—raids with terrifying stakes. Throughout the novel, every decision has consequences, and characters must constantly decide what they are willing to pay. Reluctant Alex's leadership is presented as a burden rather than privilege, and his coming-of-age doesn't prevent other characters from shining. As the small community's population increases through new arrivals, everyone must learn not only trust, but how and when to forgive. The writing, even in transitory moments of peace, never lets readers forget that potential catastrophe lurks around every corner. A story about how hope is earned, as heart-pounding as it is heart-wrenching. (Speculative fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781939100030
Publisher:
Tanglewood Publishing, Inc.
Publication date:
03/17/2014
Series:
Ashfall Series , #3
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
466
Sales rank:
39,169
File size:
648 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin’s first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious.
Since then, Mullin 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. He 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.
Mullin 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.
Mullin holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Visit www.mikemullinauthor.com for more info about the author and Ashfall and its sequel, Ashen Winter.

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Sunrise 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous 14 days ago
Didn't want to stop.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Probably my favorite of the series. I loved the whole rebuilding aspect that it had and the leadership role Alex took in the community.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great way to end a wonderful series
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224perweek More than 1 year ago
This was the best of the three in the trilogy. It had excitment and romance. Action and gore. Kind of an abrupt ending but well,.......ok.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the whole series.
readragon More than 1 year ago
Wonderful way to end this series. Mike Mullins provided a great ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this series
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great end to an amazing series.
IndianaReaderRM More than 1 year ago
Excellent second installment to Ashfall, the gripping introduction to tennager Alex and his struggle following the Yellowstone supervolcano eruption.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I waited impaitently for a year after reading #2 for this one to come out. Worth the wait!! GREAT series. The action started in chapter 2 in book 1 and NEVER stopped. Really good cast of characters that grows ever bigger as the books progress. There is always lots going on and this one was a page burner
sharlaxle3 More than 1 year ago
this book was wonderful, the writing style terrific, and the story was amazing, and the struggles were real. this book has deserved my highest recommendation, and I beg others to read this as well. if your looking for a change up to the post apocalyptic scene, or just a good read, then you must read this series, and you have to love this book.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
This is the third and final installment in the Ashfall series, and while I do really like it, part of me is left wanting. Years pass by in this novel, and while it’s great to be back together with Alex and Darla—I do love them—I almost feel like not much happens in this final installment. Yes, there are deaths. Within the first few pages, one character I really cared for died, but s/he was more so a minor character, so in the realm of things, my heart wasn’t broken for too long. In the greater spectrum of things, I feel like there was more of a roller-coaster effect in books one and two, and I was holding my breath a lot as I read those novels, but that didn’t happen as much in this third installment. Everything just tends to work out in the favor of the main characters from beginning to end, and while there is one scene that made me really cringe, again, Alex and Darla ultimately come out of it stronger than before. This novel read more as a nice litter wrap-up, complete with bow on top, instead of an intense battle for survival, and I just felt like it all went too quickly and without too many hitches. At one point, Darla and Alex do the same thing four times, and each time they get away scott-free. Of course, the next time, they aren’t as lucky, but by that point, the build-up and let down had happened so many times that I didn’t really connect anymore. I feel like this sort of sounds like I wanted the main characters to suffer more; that’s not the case at all–I’m glad life is finally working out for them, but with all the risks they’re taking (and not taking), it just felt like more should be happening. Instead, Mullin spends much time explaining the complicated green house and heating system that they’ve created, and that didn’t really pique my interest. Of course, I hold some intense animosity for characters like Red, Petty, and Alex’s mom, but in the end, it’s all resolved very neatly… and yet, there really is no end. But in truth, could there really be an end? I don’t know that I’d be satisfied if everything was suddenly okay—if the ash had suddenly disappeared and life began to go back to normal, I don’t think I would have been satisfied, either. But the way Mullin leaves it opens everything to speculation more than anything else, and those endings aren’t really my favorite. All in all, this series is really good; books one and two captivated me and I fell in love with them from the get go, but this final installment left me wanting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The long awaited finalie. Can there be another. This is to good to end here. One last thought...if you write a review, MAKE IT A REVIEW. The dumb BS i see posted has nothing to do with the authors hard work and dedication to provide entertainment for us!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the way that darla kills red. He is a jerk for what he did to alexs moms pinky
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Safety at last!! I mean, for you."