Series: Ashfall, #3
Author: Mike Mullin
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
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.
Sunrise is a worthy conclusion to this realistically scary series! And I enjoyed this book beyond measure! Each book in the series was a thrill ride of a read. Scary and very much realistic that at times I had to remind myself it was a book.
I think that Mullin did a wonderful job wrapping up this series. He gave the characters a chance to find a life worth living, a life they needed after all the hardness, darkness, and trying experiences they each went through. The ending left me with true hope for the characters held within the confines of Sunrise’s pages. And I don’t think I’ve encountered a book that left me with hope at the ending, hope that they will continue to survive even though the series has come to an end.
"The fate of almost one hundred people rested upon my already sagging shoulders"
The characters were all done so well in this series. They each are thrust into a very harsh world, which tests them in all different kinds of ways. For Alex, I am so happy to see how much he has grown since the first book. I never thought he would be doing the things he was doing in Sunrise. However, that makes his growth and development that much more exciting to watch. He is an amazing, strong, smart, and determined character, one I have enjoyed getting to know.
Darla was also a joy to watch transform. Like Alex, her determination really shines through. She’s a brilliant character and watching how she can survive, use the environment around her to cultivate a new life, was really interesting. What I loved about her and Alex is the love they share. It was one of my favorite aspects of the book, the series. It’s an unshakable, stable, and wholeheartedly beautiful love. Which is something needed in a world that is so ravaged, unsafe, and horrifying.
I honestly felt the plot and buildup to the conclusion was well done. I know many might feel that it has a slower pace than the previous novels, but I feel that this one moved at a very well pace. The conflicts in this one are still very much scary and dangers are always right around the corner, but I felt each character done wonderful in handling and surviving. The detail, as always in this series, is so frighteningly real, which is another reason I just adore this series! I can see, feel, hear, taste, and truly experience it because it feels so real – though I would never want this to actually happen.
"I had always believed that the human race would survive the massive volcanic eruption at Yellowstone, would surmount this disaster, just as we had surmounted so many lesser disasters. But amid the carnage in the road outside Warren, I wondered: did we deserve to survive?"
All in all, this is a wonderful dystopian series. And Sunrise was a great conclusion. I definitely recommend this series if you love getting lost in a frighteningly real, scary, horrifying, yet hopeful world. Filled with characters you’ll be rooting for from the start.