Sunday, September 30, 2012

Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin

Alex and Darla survived the ashfall.  They even made it to his Uncle's home and he got reunited with his sister.  But his parents weren't there; they'd gone back for him...

Tanglewood and Net Galley let me download an ebook of this story for review (thank you).  It will be published on October 14th, so make a note on your TBR list.  If you haven't read Ashfall yet, grab that one now and get ready for the second book in the series.

Alex is determined to go after his parents.  He knows what the world is like out there, and he fears for their lives.  He's right to worry.

The people in this disaster-racked world are not nice.  Some of them are cannibals, some are power mongers, and some are just plain greedy.  The vegetables are gone, the ashfall killed them.  Seeds now have value but money doesn't. Women have become commodities.  It's an ugly world that Alex has to travel through.

What really makes this series for me is the relationship between Alex and Darla.  They were thrown together in the first book and all their relationship does is grow stronger.  I'm especially impressed with her mechanical ability.  My high school test said I could be a secretary or a mechanic; I became a finance director.  I can empathize with Darla's abilities and trying to make something out of what's left on the farms.

These books won't bore you.  Some of the tale is grotesque, but it fits the story line.  Their story is not done yet.  There has to be at least one more book.  I'll be watching for it.

Happy reading.

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