Monday, April 14, 2014

Review: Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Monday, April 14, 2014 with 8 comments

Title: Sunrise
Author: Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall #3
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
Source: Received from publisher via Netgalley
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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.

It’s here!!! Well, it will be tomorrow. The final Ashfall book, and I have to say I was pretty psyched for it. I didn’t love it, but I did like it. It was hard to read. I thought Ashfall and Ashen Winter were brutal, but Sunrise took the cake. We pick up pretty much immediately where Ashen Winter leaves off.

There are a few things I loved about Sunrise, and a few things I didn’t. It wasn’t a horrible ending to the trilogy, but I would have loved an epilogue. One thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the gore. There are some really nasty bloody gross scenes in this one. One in particular that made me put my kindle down for a little while.

This is not the kind of world I would ever want to live in. EVER! I think I would prefer the Zombie Apocalypse over dealing with those crazy ass cannabals. *shudders* I was reading this the other night for a bit before I watched The Walking Dead. Then I went to bed. Bad idea, the dreams I had were horrendous.

One of my favorite parts of Sunrise was the survival tactics. I’m really into gardening, so all the neat stuff they rigged up kept me fascinated. It made me really think about how people would actually survive if this kind of thing actually happened. I kinda want to have my own greenhouse and start living off the grid after reading these books. With a working shower of course, I'm no dirty hippy.

Corruption is still on blast in this one. The town of Warren are full of idiots, and I hated the mayor. You just wait and see. What a pompous fool and Alex’s mother!!??? I wanted to slap a bitch, so...many...times.

The ending… I won’t reveal how it all wraps up, but I have to mention that it felt a little rushed to me. I was sitting on the couch, 4 % left, staring at nothing. I said to my husband that I didn’t see how it could end that quickly with all that was going on. Think about the finalie of a fireworks show. Boom Boom Boom… done. I wanted more closure. It just wasn’t enough, and maybe it was done purposely that way? I would read a spin off series if it was written, just putting that out there. Though this was more of a 3 1/2 start for me (rounded up) I’m still glad I took a chance on these books.

Mike MullinAbout 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 hoping this writing thing works out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. ASHFALL is his first novel.

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  1. Ah! I'm glad you were satisfied with this series ender overall, April--I feel like there have been a lot of disappointing ones recently, so it's good that you liked this, even if it would have been better to love it. I've only read the first book so far, but I'm really looking forward to books 2 and 3!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  2. I've never heard of this, but that synopsis is super intriguing!

  3. I completely agree with you! I'm very satisfied with the conclusion, and I think it's actually my favorite of the series. Absolutely love Darla and the romance - they are so cute together. For a pretty hefty book, it's a quick read, and I never felt bored. Sad to see this series end!

  4. I want more after the end too. Like maybe what things are like a year later. It was so intriguing reading about the rebuilding efforts, and I'm not ready to stop hearing about them.

  5. I felt the way you did about the other two books and now I'm looking forward to reading the third one!
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