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Many visitors to Yellowstone National Park don't realize that the boiling hot springs and spraying geysers are caused by an underlying supervolcano. It has erupted three times in the last 2.1 million years, and it will erupt again, changing the Earth forever.
Fifteen-year-old Alex is home alone when the supervolcano erupts. His town collapses into a nightmare of darkness, ash, and violence, forcing him to flee. He begins a harrowing trek in search of his parents and sister, who were visiting relatives 140 miles away.
Listen to the discussion the YA Book Club had with Mike Mullin, author of Ashfall and its sequel Ashen Winter at our November meeting. Check out Mike reading a bit of the book at the 4:06 mark. Or the 9:15 mark to hear why he set the book in Iowa. At the 12:25 mark we ask about the FEMA camp in the book and its similarities to Katrina.