Review: Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin
PJV Quickie: In the spirit of the first book, ASHEN WINTER picks up right where ASHFALL left off. It is, like its debut, fast-paced, full of action and anxiety that will keep you glued to every page.[frame align=”left”][/frame]
Author: Mike Mullin
Type: Young Adult Dystopian
Published: Young Adult Dystopian
Source: NetGalley Goodreads Purchase Author
A fabulous second book, with a deeper look into the world that Alex and Darla have found themselves living within. The beginning starts with Alex and Darla still living with his extended family. At the very beginning they are attacked by marauders and the family realizes that one of the guns of the bad guys is a gun that was given to Alex’s parents when they left to track Alex down. Alex thinks this is a sign his parents are in trouble, he has to go in search of them. He and Darla leave the safety of his family and set out into a very disturbing world. A world now peppered with people resorting to anything to survive, including cannibalism and slavery.
It was chilling and Mike Mullin’s realistic voice gives it a very poignant face-value effect. His characters also maintained authentic personalities and didn’t stray from them through the whole story. This was at sometimes frustrating, since Alex is such a teen boy…but it was realism. Especially when the story unfolded and his mistakes were so very frustrating that you wanted to scream. Yet, they were real. We can’t be superheroes all the time.
If you liked Ashfall, you’ll love Ashen Winter. If you want to enjoy a great and realistic dystopian, you need to experience this series. I can’t wait for book three. Even though I’m kind of scared.
Recommendations: If you enjoy a good dystopian this is your book! The book is for mature teens and there are graphic acts of violence. I would recommend that parents read first before giving to their teens.
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