Review * Sunrise by Mike Mullin

April 21, 2014 Reviews 2 ★★★★

Review * Sunrise by Mike MullinSunrise by Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall #3
Published by Tanglewood Press on April 15, 2014
Genres: Natural Disaster, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 466
Format: ARC
Source: Borrowed
Also in this series: Ashfall, Ashen Winter
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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 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.

What I Thought…

  • Sunrise was one of my most anticipated books this year. I love natural disasters and post apocalyptic stories and I loved both Ashfall and Ashen Winter. I was really excited to see where the Ashfall series was going to end!
  • Just like in Ashfall and Ashen Winter, Sunrise is dark and gritty and intense. This is not a happy go lucky post apocalyptic fiction tale. Bad things happen and life is seriously difficult, but among all that despair is also hope for the future. Even though this is considered YA, it is definitely for more mature YA readers.
  • Sunrise takes place over a few years time, and for this type of book it’s the only way these things could happen and make sense. There are a lot of changes going on and plans made for the future, none of which would have made any sense in a shorter time frame. It also allowed for Alex and Darla to grow up quite a bit.
  • There are a lot of different conflicts going on in Sunrise. Part of me understands that some of these things were bound to happen, but the other part of me wishes that some of it would have been condensed down because we’ve seen similar conflicts in Ashfall and Ashen Winter. Sunrise is pretty fast moving though, there is a lot of action and Mullin does a great job of skimming over the less exciting parts of their lives, while still giving us an idea of what was going on.
  • Alex and Darla are still the same determined (and sometimes stubborn) characters that they were before, though they have grown up a lot as well. I love them together and I love how they think about their personal future, but also the future of their family and others in Warren. I also love how Alex is realistic about his ability to lead at his age and how things change as he gets older and as new things develop and he grows more confident.
  • There were some things I had a difficult time with in Sunrise. View Spoiler » It know this is petty and shallow of me, but this really bothered me and made it difficult to read the rest of the book.
  • While I didn’t always enjoy the ride getting there I really liked the ending. Mullin wraps up a dark and gritty series with hope for the future, that despite the tragedy of Yosemite erupting and causing a volcanic winter that people can and will survive such circumstances. There is still a long way to go for survival, but there is a plan. I also really liked that he kept everything more local throughout the series, rather than trying to bring the whole country and what was going on everywhere else into the end he left things in the Midwest where Alex and Darla made their home.

If you like Darker fiction the Ashfall series is for you!

Previous Books in the Series

Ashfall | Ashen Winter


2 Responses to “Review * Sunrise by Mike Mullin”

  1. Courtney

    The synopsis definitely sounds like you Kim! I’m not sure if i’ll read these but I’m excited by the idea that they let the last book take place over a longer period of time. I think that is needed in apocolytic series more than authors would ever want to use it.
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