Sunrise

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This is one of the best series out there. After every book I couldn't wait for the next.

Mike Mullin ended the series just right.
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One of the best YA series around. Deep characters, brilliant plot, and a unique spin on the apocalyptic genre. Highly recommended.
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I found this book a little dull, it felt forced and didn't flow from one scene to the next.
That being said, the protagonist was great.
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Good, but it's a book you have to be in the mood for. I enjoyed the  dystopian feel
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*I received a copy of Sunrise from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*
I requested Sunrise by Mike Mullin after reading the description on Netgalley. I’m a fan of books that deal with the possibility of total societal collapse and this was right up my alley. 
Sunrise takes place about a year after the explosion of a supervolcano in Yellowstone. Society has been reduced to its most basic, most horrific and wretched level (including cannibalistic gangs). Alex, along with his family and Darla, are forced to leave their home for a safer place. I will say, if I’m ever in a post-apocalyptic situation I hope to be lucky enough to end up with a group as handy as this one. I’m hoping for a Darla on my survival team. 
I realized quite quickly that I hadn’t read the description very thoroughly as Sunrise is book #3 in the Ashfall series. Although Sunrise is interesting as a stand-alone novel, and it isn’t hard to follow even without having read the first two books, I realize I missed the richness that would have come from having followed from the beginning. The series is something I’ll have to revisit.
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A great and important work that should be required reading from coast to coast.
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I had no idea this was part of a series. I would definitely advise you to start at #1 and not this one - #3. I started this and had no idea what was going on. Googled it and said AH HA then started at #1. Worth it, good for YA, and really interesting! 

Free copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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I read the first two books in this series a few years ago and thoroughly enjoyed them. The reason in the delay for reading the third and final installment is that I basically didn't want the series to end. 

This is a fantastic series and very well written. Mullin highlights a world that *could* occur following the aftermath of Yellowstone erupting and quite frankly it's rather terrifying. Cannibalism, violence, extreme winter conditions, starvation, slow death, marauders, to name but a few. It's basically an examination in the way humans can become bastards in the face of extreme adversity.

Sunrise follows on directly from Ashen Winter so took me a couple of chapters to remember how that ended and events that took place. Alex and Darla are even more badass in this book, and although some elements are rather stupid (the constant raiding and subsequent consequences to name but one), they make a really fun pair of characters to read about. 

This book is basically non-stop action but doesn't really get 'samey' so no chance of getting bored whilst reading it.

I would highly recommend this series to anyone who likes action and dystopian books. It's rather violent and graphic though, so possibly not a series for those who are a bit squeamish.
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This one took me longer to finish than I thought it would but it was pretty good. I thought it was a little slow at the beginning but once I got around halfway or so it picked up and it didn't take me long to finish. This is one trilogy I would definitely recommend!
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Sadly I didn't realize this was the third book in a series. I've looked into the other books after approved for this one and I love the concept of them. And the covers. But because I haven't read the first two books yet I can't give a full review of this book at this time.
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This last novel redeemed the previous book and made me love the series all over again. It was well-written, well-paced, and well thought out. It was just done so well! Everything that I consider as marks of a good book were in this novel: there was great character development, a good writing style, a perfect balance of adventure and romance and suspense, and just an overall strong plot. I loved how kickass Darla was, I loved that Alex became a strong leader and developed skills of his own, I loved the various characters that were introduced and developed in this story. Every conflict that was introduced was an interesting one that raised a powerful issue, and it was dealt with effectively by the characters. While this novel may not have been as action-packed as its predecessors, it was still interesting and riveting. All in all, this was a series well worth reading, and I'm glad that this last book did not disappoint! If you are looking for a unique dystopian novel, then definitely consider giving this one a shot!
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This series is so immersive and captivating. Someone might look at the page count for the series and abandon, it but let me tell you something--every page was worth it. Great conclusion to Alex and Darla's story.
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I only read the first book in this series. While I did enjoy the story, I found it to be a little too dark for my taste and did not continue with this series.
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Wow! Lots of action in this book, the final installment of this trilogy. I really enjoyed 'Ashfall' (book 1) and book 2 in this series. In 'Sunrise," so many bad things happen to Alex, who is just trying to do his best. Many people continue to do him wrong, esp the mayor. I like Alex as he is written to be a nice guy. I got frustrated that he could never seem to catch a break. But, it was a satisfying end so I'm happy.

Overall, a great series. My teenage son rates it a 5 (out of 5) and recommends it to all his friends.That speaks volumes about a book, in my opinion.
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My apologies; I'd love to review the book but hadn't realized it was 3rd in a series
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This series of books is my absolute favorite of all time. It's gritty yet so full of hope.
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Will not be providing a review for this novel, sorry for the inconvenience, but thank you to the publisher for the opportunity.
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And here we are… the last leg of the trilogy.  I was oddly reluctant to pick it up.  Yes, yes, I knew things ended on an exciting, ominous note in book two, Ashen Winter, but still I hesitated.  I didn’t want it to all end, but, since it was ending, I wanted it to end strong like the first two books.  Obviously, I was having a reader gal moment.

As you can surmise since you’re reading my review, I got past that.  And… wow, this one was for all the marbles.  It was darker, grittier, and full of hope and triumph over all.  The end of Alex, Darla, and the other survivors’ story closed in a way in keeping with what had come before and more than met expectation.  I’m actually going to skip the summary because I’m pretty sure I couldn’t do one without spoilers.

Sunrise was a strong last leg to the trilogy as I pointed out earlier.  The premise is a post-apocalyptic what-if scenario.  What if the supervolcano under Yellowstone erupted?  What would be the fall-out right away?  Months?  A Year?  A few years?  That is what this trilogy is about as it follows the individual lives of Alex and Darla.

Alex was a typical teenager living in suburban town Iowa when it happened.  His folks and sister were away visiting his relations in Illinois and he was alone.  He managed to survive and make his way to Illinois meeting the intrepid Darla along the way.  Fortunately for Alex, Darla was studying to be a farmer so understood living off the land, machinery, and survival stuff.  Now, in the final installment, both have come a long way and learned to grow up fast, make hard decisions, live with mistakes, and stay strong in the face of a world that has returned to a more primitive age.  Resources are few and hoarded as well as fair game to those more ruthless.  Some people descend into cannibalism, criminal gangs, and savagery.  Others seek to dominate when they have little skill to lead.

Alex is a natural leader, but he is young and untried.  Darla encourages him.  They have a small band of survivors, but must find a way to protect their home, their meager assets, and also find a way to sustainable energy and food supplies.  This leads to courage and daring and even turning away from family or friends who refuse to try to change with the new world they are in.

The author balances a strong story of people, their development and their exciting lives with drawing a believable and practical picture of what life after a mega disaster would be like.  I was glad to see the meticulous work that added the layers beneath and did more with the truth of the descriptions making it so much more.

All in all, I am sad to let go of these books.  I will be getting the prequel novella from Darla’s perspective because I’m not ready to say good-bye.  I think these are powerful and any post-apocalyptic story lover worth their salt needs these books.
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Only survivors are allowed the luxury of sadness.

The eruption of Yellowstone Super volcano plunges Iowa and Illinois into darkness. All modern luxuries such as electricity and all forms of communication have been destroyed.
The population has been reduced to 25% or less. Everyone remaining is struggling just to survive in the resulting Nuclear Winter where many feet of snow covers everything and temperatures remain below freezing. 

The details of life’s daily struggles after the disaster are very realistic. The author obviously put a lot of thought into what survivors would be faced with, the challenges, the short and long term needs.

I liked the main group of characters, even when it seems odd that a 16 year old (Alex) would emerge as leader over several adults. Girlfriend, Darla, is a powerhouse, super skilled, wonder woman. In fact, most of the improvements to the groups homestead would not have been possible without Darla's knowledge and skills. (behind every great man, is an even greater and more powerful woman). 

Alex and Darla’s group of survivors' challenge is to create a sustainable future. When the neighboring town's food runs out, they turn against each other and attack. The other town's attacks and those random groups of survivors turned cannibal don’t help their odds.

I don’t usually read these apocalyptic type books. This is probably the 1st one I’ve read. I wasn’t aware there were 2 previous books; that this was the 3rd in a series. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed the book. I wish I had read the previous 2 books. It would have added more depth to the stories for me.
It was a great read and I guess I’ll be adding this genre to my reading list – as long as there are no zombies.

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I was given the opportunity to read an electronic copy of Sunrise via NetGalley and Tanglewood Press.  This is my honest opinion of the book.

Having read Sunrise previously, I was glad to be given the chance to read it again with a fresh pair of eyes.  Alex and Darla have been strong main characters throughout the series, but they really make the transition to adults in this book.  The chance to lead a community and protect it from outside harm is nothing new in postapocalyptic fiction, but the author did a good job of allowing the reader to relate to the main characters in a meaningful way.  Alex and Darla are the center, the ones that their friends and family look to in times of crisis.  As the community struggles to survive in the new world, challenges are presented that threaten their very existence.  

The first book in the trilogy, Ashfall, was the best of the three.  Ashfall contained an interesting premise and was a fresh take on a survival novel.  Sunrise, although it does include nonstop action and a fast paced plot, bothered me because the main characters are always taking chances and getting into trouble.  Considering the fact that they have had enough time to take stock of their changed world and the inhabitants within it, it would seem more likely that they would have learned how to exist as safely as they could.  That being said, the author left nothing on the table and gave a strong conclusion to the series.  I look forward to reading more by author Mike Mullin in the future, as his characters are relatable and his plots are interesting.
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