I couldn't wait to get my hands on Ashfall and I wasn't disappointed. This book is fantastic from the first page to the last. Mike Mullin created a dark and scary world, the scariest part being the possibility it could happen.
Every page was an exciting adventure, sometimes distressing and difficult to read. The MC is forced into situations because of a terrible, world altering disaster, learning about himself right along with the reader. He grows from being a typical teen to a mature young adult over the course of the pages. Ending with the book on a hopeful note with a promise of more hardship and struggle to come.
On a deeper level the book shows the light and dark sides of human nature. Mike Mullin tackles disturbing subject matter in a realistic way that is both thought provoking and stomach churning. Cannibalism, prison camps, starvation and murder are among the pages. The reader is forced to confront the question of how far would you go to survive?