Saturday, May 31, 2014

(47)Sunrise by Mike Mullin

Sunrise

Pages: 466

Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Publication Date: April 15, 2014


In the long awaited conclusion to the Ashfall Trilogy we meet up with Alex, Darla, and the rest of their band of survivors from the great super-volcano that wiped out most of the United States over a year ago. They are cold and starving and exhausted after continuously trying to fight off the madman and his crew from Stockton.  Alex tries to join forces with Warren, but their mayor is in denial and unwilling to do anything to prepare for an imminent attack from Stockton or worse.  So without the joining of forces Alex, Darla and the rest are forced to create their own community and deal with all the struggles that come with that.  From trying to find materials to build the greenhouses needed to survive to finding other materials to get the wind turbines up and running they small community struggles to survive.  When Alex and Darla are caught by Red and his band of thugs in Stockton, they are sure their time is up.  Will they be able to escape? And what will happen to their burgeoning community if they can't?

Wowzers.  Talk about an intense read!  I enjoyed the first books in the trilogy so much (Ashfall and Ashen Winter) that I was beyond excited to get my hands on Sunrise and I was not disappointed.   The ongoing battle between Alex and the people of Stockton reaches new heights and had me absolutely stunned by what happened.  I don't want to give too much away, but I should say that it might be tough to read for some people. It is graphic and horrific, but it still felt real.  I have read a lot of Post-Apocalyptic novels and I don't remember seeing society actually being rebuilt like we see in Sunrise and I really enjoyed and appreciated the extent of detail that the author takes to get it right. From the development of a government to elections to the rebuilding of basic infrastructure like telephones and electricity, we really get to see how this small community not only survive, but grow and thrive. Well as much as people can in the middle of a volcanic winter.

Bottom line, Mike Mullin has done such an incredible job of taking the unimaginable and not only making it real, but putting the reader right in the middle of it all. His Ashfall trilogy has to rank right up there as one of the best apocalyptic series in print.  Anyone, adult or young adult, who enjoys post-apocalyptic kind of novels will enjoy this series.  I guarantee it.

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