Shelf Life Book news, reviews, trends, and talk

Tag: Ashfall (1-3 of 3)

Read your way across the USA with this handy YA map!

the-splender-falls.jpg

Young adult fiction may seem to be all about dystopias today, but there are plenty of books still taking place in the good ol’ US of A.

An Epic Reads user known as EpicGirl has put together this gorgeous map featuring a YA book for every state in the US. For example, Rosemary Clement-Moore’s The Splendor Falls takes place in Alabama, Jean Craighead George’s Julie of the Wolves takes place in Alaska, and so on and so forth. We can’t post the image in question here, but click on the link above to check out the map, then come back here to share your thoughts!

My top ten highlights:
Bloodlines (California)
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer (Florida)
Divergent (Illinois)
The Fault in Our Stars (Indiana)
Ashfall (Iowa)
The Diviners (New York)
The Truth About Forever (North Carolina)
Beautiful Creatures (South Carolina)
Everneath (Utah)
The Raven Boys (Virginia)

How many states are you at? I’m only at 17, but I’m looking forward to a YA road trip, with my first stop being Shattered Souls. (What can I say? I’m a sucker for a cover with a flowy dress.) What are your favorites on the list? Can you think of any other suggestions? Perhaps we can inspire EpicGirl to create a part two!

Read more:
Amazon picks its 10 best books of 2012
Five reasons Shailene Woodley could make a great Tris in ‘Divergent’
Love ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth’? 10 other teen reads you can’t miss: ‘Warm Bodies,’ ‘Tempest’ and more

Weekend Book Pick: 'Ashfall' by Mike Mullin

Ashfall-by-Mike-Mullin_510x383.jpg

The various recent photographs from the set of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (hey Finnick!) have put me in the mood for something dystopian. Of course, there’s no shortage of dystopian books these days, from Veronica Roth’s Divergent to Ally Condie’s Matched to Kat Zhang’s What’s Left of Me. While I’m a fan of many of them, my recommendation this week happens to be the most recent one I picked up.

The Choice: Ashfall by Mike Mullin

You’ll like this if: You’re a fan of The Hunger Games.

What it’s about: What if the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupted? 15-year-old Alex Halprin is home alone when his house is struck by a flying piece of volcanic debris jettisoned over 900 miles from the site of the eruption. The ashfall starts shortly after, blanketing his Iowa home in total darkness. With his family 140 miles away, Alex must journey through the thick ash to find them. But the world is no longer the place it once was and people will do anything to survive…

Why you should read it: For me, there’s nothing more terrifying than apocalypse that could actually happen. Not to say that we won’t be watching kids fight to death in the future, but the supervolcano under Yellowstone is a much more real and immediate threat than the Hunger Games. Mullin is just so good at keeping you on the edge of your seat. Every chapter feels like it ends in a cliffhanger. What I love most, however, is that unlike a lot of dystopian or post-apocalyptic books, Ashfall lets you see the devastation that causes civilization to collapse. A good chunk at the beginning of the novel deals with the natural disaster itself and Mullin’s clearly done his research (as a note at the back of the book explains). When I think of a volcano, I think lava, but Mullin shows you all the other effects — like the noise, the ash and the absolute darkness. Even more frightening is how quickly civilization falls apart. You do not want to read this book alone at night. Bottom line? If you’re a sucker for road trips, cannibals, and boy scout skills, then this is the book for you.

Read more:
Weekend Book Pick: Liked ‘Elementary’? Try ‘The List of Seven’ by Mark Frost
Weekend Book Pick: ‘Skulduggery Pleasant’ by Derek Landy
Weekend Book Pick: ‘Relic’ by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Love 'Divergent' by Veronica Roth'? 10 other teen reads you can't miss: 'Warm Bodies,' 'Tempest' and more

warm-bodies.jpg

No matter what faction you’re in, there’s one thing YA lovers can agree on.

Veronica Roth’s debut novel Divergent was named the No. 1 novel for teens in an online vote held by American Library Association from Aug. 15 to Sept. 15. Other books to make the top ten included John Green’s The Fault of Our Stars, Marie Lu’s Legend and Sarah Dessen’s What Happened to Goodbye.

Divergent is a good read, but if you’re like me, you’ve probably already read it and many of the other books on this list. So I’ve taken the time to compile my own list of favorite teen-oriented books. A lot of them are recent, a few are older, but they’re all stellar novels and a great springboard for more amazing books. Check out 10 other teen reads that I recommend after the jump!

READ FULL STORY

Latest Videos in Books

Advertisement

TV Recaps

Powered by WordPress.com VIP