We Recommend…Ashfall by Mike Mullin

Ashfall by Mike Mullin

When we first meet Alex, he’s a jerky little kid, by the end he’s a MAN. But when the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts and destroys your home, your town, and makes it nearly impossible for you to find your family, one realizes it’s time to grow up.

After losing everything, Alex sets out to find his family and he begins by skiing across the ash. On his trek across Iowa into Illinois, he sees the worst of people and attempts to stay true to himself. However, Alex quickly learns that when the world is nearly destroyed, you’ve got to make some serious changes about how you deal with others. While attempting to find his family, Alex meets Darla. Darla is such a contrast to Alex’s “city-boy” — Darla is one very tough young woman who knows about hard work and dedication. As the story continues, Alex and Darla face increasingly difficult challenges, but still manage to survive in this world gone wrong.

A great read about trust, teamwork and the strength we find in ourselves when we need it most. If you’re a fan of survival stories, definitely read this book and check out the follow-up, Ashen Winter.

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The Hunger Games Readalikes

You’ve devoured The Hunger Games trilogy, you’re patiently waiting for the movie, and you don’t know what to read next? If you want more like The Hunger Games, take a look at the books below — you might find your next obsession.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver — Lena looks forward to receiving the government-mandated cure that prevents the delirium of love and leads to a safe, predictable, and happy life, until ninety-five days before her eighteenth birthday and her treatment, when she falls in love. (Love Delirium? Pandemonium is out now and Requiem comes out in March 2013!)

Bumped by Megan McCafferty — In 2036 New Jersey, when teens are expected to become fanatically religious wives and mothers or high-priced Surrogettes for couples made infertile by a widespread virus, sixteen-year-old identical twins Melody and Harmony find in one another the courage to believe they have choices.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi — Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, seventeen-year-old Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her horrific abilities in support of The Reestablishment, a post-apocalyptic dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.

Pure by Julianna Baggott — In a post-apocalyptic world, Pressia, a sixteen-year-old survivor with a doll’s head fused onto her left hand meets Partridge, a “Pure” dome-dweller who is searching for his mother, sure that she has survived the cataclysm. Look for the follow-up, Fuse, in 2013!

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For even more Hunger Games readalikes, check out this guide (you can even print it out!) and follow our Hunger Games board on Pinterest.

For a different look at The Hunger Games…ever wanted to eat like Katniss? Try The Unofficial Hunger Games Cookbook. The book includes several dishes mentioned in the novels such as lamb stew, roasted parsnips, and dark chocolate cake.

Want to try a more literary post-apocalyptic tale? Try

  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy — America is a barren landscape of smoldering ashes, devoid of life except for those people still struggling to scratch out some type of existence. Amidst the destruction, a father and his young son walk, always toward the coast, but with no real understanding that circumstances will improve once they arrive. Still they persevere, and their relationship comes to represent goodness in a world that is utterly devastated.
  • The Passage by Justin Cronin — A security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear, darkness, death, and a fate far worse. (Look for the follow-up, The Twelve, later this year!)

Have we left something out? Tell us in the comments!