Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Those who survived know exactly which Friday I mean…
The author has done extensive research into volcanic eruptions and it shows, stamping the story with a profound realism which continues through the story.
The story started off slowly, and I almost gave up, but am so glad I persevered. The pace picked up and along with great character development I found myself closely following their determination to complete their journey despite frequent obstacles.
It was refreshing to have a male protagonist and no abrupt cliff-hanger in the first book of a series.
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Under the bubbling hot springs and geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolcano. Most people don’t know it’s there. The caldera is so large that it can only be seen from a plane or satellite. It just could be overdue for an eruption, which would change the landscape and climate of our planet.
For Alex, being left alone for the weekend means having the freedom to play computer games and hang out with his friends without hassle from his mother. Then the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plunging his hometown into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence. Alex begins a harrowing trek to search for his family and finds help in Darla, a travel partner he meets along the way. Together they must find the strength and skills to survive and outlast an epic disaster. — Extract from Goodreads.com