September 2011 / ISBN 1933718552
Teen / Action & Adventrue / Suspense / Volcanoes / Survival
by Willie Elliott
Mike Mullin has written a novel for young adults that would probably
leave a veteran reader with a remark such as, "Are you kidding
me?” But one must hand it to the author: he knows his audience,
and they will eat it up.
The entire novel covers the trials and tribulations of fifteen-year-old
Alex in his search for his sister and parents after a cataclysmic
At first the novel is simply a series of episodes without much
character building. Then Alex meets Darla and her family, and the
two hook up as a team, which gives the author a chance to develop
the characters of his protagonists. While both act beyond what one
would expect for such young people, the action settles into a nice
relationship with each doing a part to help them survive.
The author knows not only his audience but also realizes the potential
for a sequel and ends the novel at a perfectly good spot for his
Winter, coming in October 2012.
Even with super-sizing his characters, Mullin has written a novel
that holds the reader's (even older ones) attention and brings to
mind the kinds of disasters that are possible on this planet. I
enjoyed it very much.