March 15, 2014

Sunrise Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway


Welcome to my stop on the Sunrise blog tour being hosted by Books With Bite! Today I have my review of the book to share - and don't forget to enter the tour wide giveaway! To follow along with the tour, check out the schedule at the bottom of the post!

Sunrise (Ashfall #3)
Author: Mike Mullin
Genre: YA Science Fiction/Dystopia
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Tanglewood Press

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 the exhilarating final installment in the Ashfall Trilogy. It continues to follow main characters Alex and Darla as they struggle to survive in the ruined world left after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupted nearly a year ago. Alex and Darla realize that they aren't safe and must find a place to create their own community of survivors - a place that can survive attacks from other communities and gangs. With the looming task in front of them, Alex and Darla discover things about themselves and one another that they never thought possible. They must overcome their doubts and fears, unite their ideas, and have more strength and maturity than ever before.

The first two books in this trilogy were incredibly compelling with lots of action, adventure, and thrills around each turn. The final installment was no exception - it's full of twists, unexpected obstacles, and the hope that only love can bring. The characters continued to be fantastic, undergoing even more growth in the last book. Alex and Darla must both reach deep within themselves to find the strength and courage to not only survive but to create a safe place for other survivors like themselves. It speaks of believing in oneself and growing into the potential person you were meant to be. The plot continued to be exciting and had me eagerly reading to see what was going to happen next and how it all would end. It was fast paced with great attention to detail - all of which came together to create a magnificent ending to one of the best dystopian trilogies I've read. Fans of the trilogy will not be disappointed by the final book. For those of you who haven't read these books yet - do it. They bridge tons of genre labels from action and adventure to science fiction and dystopia with some romance even thrown in. Highly recommended for fans of the genre as well as those who want a dystopian thrill ride!

Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out.

Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association.

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 This giveaway is sponsored by Books With Bite. It is one complete set of The Ashfall Series (Ashfall, Ashen Winter & Sunrise) from The Book Depository. Please make sure they ship to your country. Open to everyone!

Tour Schedule:
March 10th: BWB  (
March 11th: Mercurial Musings (
                   Jody Casella (
                   The Library Fanatic (
                   Nose Graze (
March 12th: Never Too Fond Of Books (
                    Laurisa Reyes (
                    Xpresso Reads (
March 13th: Carina Books (
                    Bea's Book Nook (
March 14th: Donald Cribbs (  
                   Book Lovers Life (
March 15th: Bookshelf Fantasies (
                    A Dream Within A Dream (
                    Derpy Reviews (
March 16th: My Fiction Nook (
                    Literary Meanderings ( 
                    Indy Book Fairy (
March 17th: Adventures Of A Bok Junkie (
                    Pink Polka Dot Book Blog (  
March 18th: Leandra Wallace (
                   Cubicle Blindness ( 
March 19th: Karina's Book Nook ( 
                    Much Loved Books ( 
                    Badass Book Reviews (
March 20th: Darby Karchut (  
                    Unabridged Bookshelf ( 
                    Feffer Books (
March 21st: Bookish Brunette (
                    Unearthly Reviews (
                     Book Nerd (
March 22nd: IB Teen (
                     Dixie Keyes ( 
                     Sporadic Reads (

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