Published by Tanglewood Press on Apr 15, 2014
Genres: Post Apocalyptic, YA
Format: eARC from Netgalley
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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.
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Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this trilogy finale since the series first started. I was worried that it wouldn’t live up to my expectations, but my worries were for naught. This finale fit perfectly.
The story was mainly focused on living and building a future after everything that’s happened. I like both the approach, and the way things played out. Well, not the way everything played out, there were a few surprise disasters that left me reeling and wanting to yell “how could that happen!” Of course, in the effort to be spoiler-free, I won’t tell you what happened, but yikes.
I loved how Alex continued his character growth. Reflecting back at the average teenager he was at the beginning of the series, to the competent, if not confident, leader that he was by the end, I was very impressed. It was a natural progression, and very smoothly executed.
Overall, I loved this ending book. I don’t want the series to be over, I want to read more about the rebuilding, the communities, what the future holds for Alex and Darla, and all the new characters that I grew to love in this book. It was a fitting ending to the trilogy, but I just don’t want to let go.