Darla's Story

Darla's Story

by Mike Mullin

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Darla's Story by Mike Mullin

Darla Edmunds has faced a lot of challenges in her seventeen years: Her dad died in a farming accident when she was fourteen. Her mother retreated into hyper-religiosity, leaving Darla to run the family farm almost single-handedly. But those struggles pale in comparison to the one she faces after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plummeting the world—and Darla’s small corner of Iowa—into a cataclysmic natural disaster.

DARLA'S STORY is book #0.5 of the ASHFALL trilogy (or should it be called a three-and-a-half-ology?) It’s told from Darla’s perspective, beginning with the eruption and ending when an injured stranger keels over in her barn. If you’re new to the world of ASHFALL, DARLA’S STORY is a great place to start. If you’ve read ASHFALL and loved Darla, this book was written for you. Enjoy!

Product Details

BN ID: 2940045331395
Publisher: Mike Mullin
Publication date: 10/04/2013
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 181,803
File size: 296 KB
Age Range: 13 Years

About the Author

Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association. Learn more or contact Mike at www.MikeMullinAuthor.com

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Darla's Story 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
ABookVacation More than 1 year ago
Fans of the Ashfall series will be happy to note that Mullin has indeed written a novella that focuses on the life and times of Darla and her mother prior to the volcano and their meeting of Alex. However, as it is a novella, it is extremely short and, in my opinion, a bit redundant for readers who have already picked up the series. For those who have read Ashfall, we already have a good knowledge base of Darla’s story as she’s told it before; all this novella does is give a birds-eye view as it all unfolds. Truth be told, I wasn’t as impressed with this novella as I had hoped to be. As I said before, it was a bit redundant for me as I’ve already read the other books in the series (this novella having just recently released as a prequel), and while I was interested in the novella, I didn’t feel like I learned anything knew. Perhaps it would be a good jump off point for those interested in starting the series, but I certainly wouldn’t want readers to base their impression of the whole series on this novella, because the full books themselves have much more going on and leave readers on the edge of their seat in anticipation. This novella, however, falls a bit flat, and Darla comes across as a somewhat boring person with a real chip on her shoulder—and while she is smarter than all the adults around her, the novella is too short to really show her true colors, and she puts a bad taste in the readers’ mouth. Because I read Ashfall and learned to really like her, I had no issues with Darla in this novella, but I can foresee her attitude being a turn off for potential readers of the series… so I honestly don’t suggest reading this prequel prior to the first novel in the series, Ashfall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I never read such an awe gaping suspenseful book like this one before! I just couldn't stop reading, I stayed up to midnight, read in the car, and when going outbto eat. I can't wait for your next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a nice short story about how Darla and her mother made it through the first few days. It is told from Darla's point of view. Her intelligence, work ethic, and determination show up well, a great contrast to Alex's whining arrogance. This tale shows how much better off Darla and her mother were before Alex showed up, leading murderous bandits to the Edwards's farm..
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series was great. This is compairable to Not a Drop to Drink. If you enjoy dystopian sci-fi I for sure recommend it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago