Summary (from Goodreads):
“It’s been over six months since the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano. Alex and Darla have been staying with Alex’s relatives, trying to cope with the new reality of the primitive world so vividly portrayed in Ashfall, the first book in this series. It’s also been six months of waiting for Alex’s parents to return from Iowa. Alex and Darla decide they can wait no longer and must retrace their journey into Iowa to find and bring back Alex’s parents to the tenuous safety of Illinois. But the landscape they cross is even more perilous than before, with life-and-death battles for food and power between the remaining communities. When the unthinkable happens, Alex must find new reserves of strength and determination to survive.”
As the synopsis says, it’s been over half a year since life changed. You may think that things would be a little bit better…you would be wrong.
People are getting more desperate and aren’t really settling into “the new normal.” Granted, some are working together to farm and surviving that way. Others are banding together to steal what they need to survive. And still others have become cannibals.
Alex decides to leave the relative safety of his aunt and uncle’s farm to try and find his parents. Darla goes with him, and things don’t go so well for her. Once they’re separated, Alex has to find his parents AND Darla and, of course, they’re in two different directions.
I don’t think I talked about Darla very much in yesterday’s review, but I absolutely love her. She’s smart and resilient and very feisty. And I was sad that most of this novel is Alex fighting his way back to her.
This is becoming one of my favorite series and I’m very excited to start the third book.
These books are thick (this one is the longest in the series, at 567 pages) but they don’t take very long to read at all. Part of it is the fact that the font is pretty big but most of it is the chapters are short and they tend to end on cliffhangers. Good luck doing anything but reading these books once you start one.