Summary (from Goodreads):
“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.”
I absolutely loved this book and this series. This book covers several years after the supervolcano at Yellowstone erupted, and things are not getting any better.
People are getting increasingly desperate to survive and people are beginning to band together more and more. Sometimes that’s a good thing but generally not so much.
One of the most interesting things about end-of-the-world type books is that it tends to turn society on its head a little bit. You know how now, money is so important and we judge people based on their job and office size? In this world, money is absolutely worthless and the important jobs are the same ones that are mocked a little bit now. Mechanical skills are the most important things ever, and many people don’t have them.
Also, since a lot of the things we take for granted aren’t around anymore, simple things become absolutely daunting. (As an added bonus, even if you can find a car that works and enough space to drive it, any leftover gas has long since gone stale.)
I absolutely cannot wait to see what Mike Mullin does next. Highly recommended.