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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano, so large that the caldera can only be seen by plane or satellite. And by some scientific measurements, it could be overdue for an eruption. 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 seach 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.
Publisher: New York : Tanglewood Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781933718613 (electronic bk.)
1933718617 (electronic bk.)
Branch Call Number: eBOOK FIC MULLIN
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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After Yellowstone's supervolcano erupts and leaves the country in ruins, fifteen-year-old Alex must embark on a perilous journey to find his parents and sister.

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Apr 16, 2021

Compulsively readable and entertaining. I will read the whole series.

IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

In many disaster books, the main characters shine as selfless and goody-goody. In truth, most of us I think, in a true life or death disaster, are the opposite. Survival brings out the worst in us. To survive we have to make hard decisions and morality does not always translate in the same manner. Alex is not one dimensional. He is selfish, but not entirely. He has heart and respect for human life, and he holds onto some empathy for others, but he does do some “stuff.” This is a great book, and when you love it, you can also check out Ashen Winter, the sequel!

Oct 24, 2017

I loved this book. I've read it at least 6 times. and this book is sooo amazing I can't get enough of it!!

Apr 11, 2017

brilliant read that leaves you at the edge of your seat. Not afraid to show some gory stuff.

Oct 20, 2016

Good piece of reading..... well worth the experience.

JCLDebbieF Oct 13, 2016

A very realistic post-apocalyptic tale!
“For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn’t taken our humanity. No, we’d given that up on our own.”

Sep 17, 2016

I had friends that said this book was purely amazing and great, and that I would love it. And I did, despite some things I didn't like.

1. Quite a few times I was internally yelling at the characters to stop being so stupid, naive, and hopeless, but they did it anyways.
2. Cliche at some points
3. The love of Darla and Alex kind of seemed to come out of the blue.

It was still fun, chilling to imagine, and interesting, but I hope the next book doesn't follow in the foot steps of this one.

Jul 11, 2016

This book was great, but Alex's uselessness really annoyed me. I loved that Darla was very helpful and knew a lot of things, but at times Alex and Darla's love for each other really made me want to punch them in the face. The book wasn't really hard to stomach or digest for me as some other readers said, in fact I've read worst and came out okay. I'll definitely read the other books, but I'm not sure i really will recommend this book.

Mar 13, 2016

Loved this book! I was relieved and waiting to read the sequal! I found it amazing to see the stereotypical older guy-younger girl broken in this book, I really liked how it's now younger guy-older girl in this book. After I read the authors note I really do see how writing a book like this of a disaster that could happen again yet having to use imagination and research to describe how a disaster of this size would be like in the present world. It is amazing how the author described what the apocalyptic world would be like in such a monstrous disaster. Even though there is such gore and brutality in this text, it perfectly describe how the behavior of humans would change in such an event. I would recommend this book for those who can stomach the gruesome details of madness and survival in this book.

Jan 10, 2016

This book was so good! very well written, and never failed to captivate me. I could not put this book down! Funny, romantic, sad, heroic.... Awesome!


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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

IndyPL_TammieB thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

Apr 11, 2017

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Apr 11, 2013

Coarse Language: There were at least three swear words on every other page.

Apr 11, 2013

Sexual Content: There were so many inappropriate things in here that I can't even begin to stress how horrible it is. If this were a book meant for adults, it would still be awful.

Apr 11, 2013

Violence: Gory, disgusting violence that makes you uncomfortable.


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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

Under the hot springs and the famous geysers of Yellowstone National Park is a supervolvano that causes them all. Almost no one has any idea that it is even there. That is until eruption begins! The entire climate and landscape of the planet will be changing, and it begins plunging toward Alex’s hometown with darkness, ash, and violence. He was spending the weekend at home alone and now must set out to find his family in this epic disaster.


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IndyPL_TammieB Jan 27, 2021

“For the first time ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own.”

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