Sunday, March 23, 2014

Early Review: Sunrise (Ashfall #3) by Mike Mullin

Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Tanglewood Press
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Twitter | Facebook

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.

Sort of sad to see it end...
I'm expecting some great things from this author in the future, so I'm betting the best it yet to come.

If you enjoy the post-apocalyptic or dystopian genre, then the Ashfall trilogy is something you need to immediately check into. It's brilliant.

So. Lots of surprises in Sunrise.
Of course, the biggest surprise would have to be that No way! Please tell me that was some sort of dream sequence! Seriously?! Ahhhhhh! moment.
If you've read the book, you know what I'm talking about.
If you haven't read it yet...
Brace yourself. 'Cause not in a million years did I see that coming.
Almost as shocking was the relationship between Alex and his mother. That lady made some odd choices. Really odd.
Again...did not see any of that weirdness coming.

The story was different from the first two, but I'm not sure if I can really explain exactly how. Less action and more politics maybe? Although, I'm not sure even that would be an accurate description. At any rate, the pacing seems different from the others. Know this going in, and you should be fine.

The characters go through quite a bit of change in this book.
One of the biggest changes is that Alex steps up as a leader. Although, in reality, it's more like he gets 'pushed up'.
And Darla finds her own version of a romantic side.
It, um, shows itself in a rather unexpected way...
Sorry, not sure how to say any more without giving away a pretty major spoiler.

New characters are added, old characters make a reappearance, and not everyone turns out the way you thought they would.
Also, a new villain emerges.
*see above mentioned screaming*

In the end, I'm going to have to declare this a pretty satisfying ending to these book.
Was it perfect?
But most endings aren't.
However, this one comes pretty darn close.


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