Sunrise by Mike MullinSunrise by Mike Mullin

Sunrise

byMike Mullin

Paperback | May 1, 2015

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The Yellowstone super-volcano 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 ofAshfall, the action ofAshen 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.
Mike Mullin first discovered he could make money writing in sixth grade. His teacher, Mrs. Brannon, occasionally paid students for using unusual words. Mullin's first sale as a writer earned ten cents for one word: tenacious. Since then, Mullin has always been involved with literature. One of his early jobs was shelving books at the ce...
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Title:SunriseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:534 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.38 inPublished:May 1, 2015Publisher:Tanglewood PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1939100046

ISBN - 13:9781939100047

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sunrise Excellent series. Wish he would make another book in this series. I didn't want it to end. The books have so many characters, but easy to follow, because they seem so real.
Date published: 2015-03-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Captivating Conclusion to a Great Trilogy In the third book of Mike Mullin's post- apocalyptic series " Sunrise" Alex and Darla have survived the battle to recapture Warren and a share of the town's stockpile of frozen pork but the casualties have been high. Fearing that the Stocktonites will return Alex pleads with Mayor Perry to build a wall around the town for security, but his petition's declined. When his Uncle Paul's farm is attacked and the barn burned, Alex decides that they need a more secure location to build a community where they can fend off any attack. Like Mike Mullin's previous books "Ashfall" and "Ashen Winter" the story is captivating from beginning to end as civilization and society are shaped in a world devastated by catastrophe. The action never slows as Alex, Darla and their community of refugees face food shortages, and attacks from gangs of cannibals roaming the countryside. In a mood that seems dark, bleak and unforgiving with its tragic losses, chaos and family conflict, courage, perseverance, love, friendship and loyalty shine through. The plot is well-written with wry humor and clever dialogue relieving the emotional tension. New inventions like the Bikezillas, the use of wind turbines and greenhouses add an imaginative and creative ingredient to the stark realism of the story. Over the course of the three books the personalities of the core characters have expanded and grown like Alex who's matured with every confrontation and loss he's had to face. He's responsible, trustworthy, brave and resourceful, the ingredients of a strong leader, yet he's retained his compassion and kind-heartedness. In contrast Darla, the mechanical whiz who's always been tough, organized, pessimistic and driven has changed, preferring to stay in the background and develop ingenious inventions with Alex's Uncle Paul. Together Alex and Darla remain a formidable team, their unconditional love shining like a beacon of hope in troubled times. Other characters that add energy, drama and passion to the narrative include Rebecca Alec's sister who's smart, considerate, hardworking and drawn to Ben the clever and steadfast military strategist who's also autistic. Ed Bauman haunted by his actions as a former flenser is loyal and committed to the community as is Dr. McCarthy, a gifted and dedicated practitioner and Alex's wise and unflappable Uncle Paul. Even the adversaries in the story are memorable like Red, Stockton's knife wielding leader whose brutal and sadistic, and Mayor Bob Perry whose appetite for power and lack of foresight make him a danger to the town of Warren. Although I liked all of Mike Mullin's novels, I thought " Sunrise" brought the series to an unforgettable, heartwarming and optimistic conclusion. I will look for more books from this up and coming author in the future
Date published: 2014-05-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Now THAT is one epic ending to another wonderful trilogy. I can't believe it's over. There's no more Alex, Darla, Ben or even Ed. From the very beginning this story had my heart racing, mind swarming and hands sweating. This post-apocalyptic story COULD happen. The super volcano can happen. The repercussions that these characters go through can happen in real life. And that's what makes it brilliant. Mullin has a way with developing his characters through several arcs and spins and heartache. You end up feeling all of these yourself. Then there are the short bursts of action sequences cut in with the story that keeps moving forward. We have villains everywhere we look. Down to the mayor who tries to do what he thinks is right, to the sadistic enemy that reminded me a lot like the Governor from the Walking Dead. This has more of a what-would-you-do-to-survive type of book, but it's also loaded with witty characters, incredible pacing and realistic, but scary problems like cannibalism (to say the least) *shudders* Characters like Alex and Darla are hard to find. Their strengths also become their weaknesses. Their intelligence and strategies to overcome the need to protect their settlement is clearly evident throughout the book. Loved that they were flawed characters as well. Especially Alex's mom. Now she held a grudge so downright confusing that I didn't even understand her woman logic. When it's finally revealed, I can't say her motives weren't selfish. I thoroughly disliked Mayor Petty and Red. Then there's the sweet and almost hilarious dialogue with Ben, the incredibly intelligent military strategist that Alex goes to. I cracked up and laughed out loud when Alex asked him, "What's up?" Scarily realistic, the Ashes trilogy by Mike Mullin will be one of my favourite survival stories of all time. Hands down, a series I will re-read when I can. Definitely a must-read to add to your collection. I LOVED every second of this book and I did NOT what it to end. Such an underrated series, and I know that I'll be recommending this to everyone who loves a post-apocalyptic survival story.
Date published: 2014-03-21