Here is the summary of the book:
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.
Another series that ends this year. Mike Mullin's Ashfall series began with the hauntingly realistic post-apocalyptic dystopia of a world in the after shades of the Yellowstone super volcanic eruptions and the ashen skies and harsher life that follows as our protagonists Alex and Darla fight to keep each other and their loved ones safe.
But out of all three books of the series, Ashfall, Ashen Winter and Sunrise, I must confess the first book is my favorite and manages to make a big impact even more than the following books did. I'm not saying that I didn't like Sunrise, I did but it didn't feel as effective as the first one. There was a certain lack of direction to the plot as the characters do almost the same thing every time making it suffer the lack of momentum. Also the abrupt ending of the chapters just when something was happening felt a bit jarring to say the least.
Alex and Darla still hold a special place in my heart. Darla more than Alex, since it was her brains that helps them survive, the building of the new community, the use of wind turbine, the greenhouses, bikezilla's of course and the ingenious generation of electricity.Alex while still very much the confident leader, felt lost here and seriously his mom was so annoying throughout. Still if post-apocalyptic stories interest you, then by all means give this series a try, I wager you won't be disappointed.
"Sunrise gives a decisive finale to the Ashfall series"