Series: Ashfall #0.5
Published on October 5th 2013
Genres: Action & Adventure, Family Life, Post-Apocalyptic, Survival Stories, Violence, Young Adult
Darla Edmunds has faced a lot of challenges in her seventeen years: Her dad died in a farming accident when she was fourteen. Her mother retreated into hyper-religiosity, leaving Darla to run the family farm almost single-handedly. But those struggles pale in comparison to the one she faces after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plummeting the world--and Darla's small corner of Iowa--into a cataclysmic natural disaster.
Mike Mullin’s Ashfall Series, is one of the best dystopian stories out there. After picking up the first book, I had to read the next. Unfortunately, the last book, Sunrise, is set to be released on April 2014! It’s a wonderful thing that Mullin gave us this novella whilst waiting for said book!
Darla is the best person that Alex, the male protagonist of the series, met! In this book, we learned more about Darla’s background and family life. We get to have a peek in the mind of Darla, whose reaction upon seeing Alex for the first time, was justified. Now, I understand why she reacted the way she did when Alex collapsed in their barn during book 1.
Darla isn’t your typical teen. She’s got a lot of sass. She works hard. She knows her way around tools and machinery. Her dad taught her well. She’s the opposite of girlie, and she loves her Mom very much, even though they don’t agree on everything. It was so obvious that their relationship is really strong.
Mullin took us to where Darla was when the super volcano erupted. Amidst all the chaos and uncertainty, Darla was able to maintain a clear mind, and had a list of things to do to make sure she and her mother survived whatever it was that was happening at that time. All the things that her father taught her paid off. She was able to tinker and build stuff that made their lives better, if not easier.
This made me love Darla even more. This is a great companion for the Ashfall series, and you can read this novella before starting off with Ashfall because it doesn’t contain any spoilers about the next books. At $0.99 it’s a steal!
Read from December 03 to 04, 2013
Review featured at : Mike Mullin’s Official Website
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