Sunrise by Mike Mullin Blog Tour and Giveaway!

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Mike Mullin’s first job was scraping the gum off the undersides of desks at his high school. From there, things went steadily downhill. He almost got fired by the owner of a bookstore due to his poor taste in earrings. He worked at a place that showed slides of poopy diapers during lunch (it did cut down on the cafeteria budget). The hazing process at the next company included eating live termites raised by the resident entomologist, so that didn’t last long either. For a while Mike juggled bottles at a wine shop, sometimes to disastrous effect. Oh, and then there was the job where swarms of wasps occasionally tried to chase him off ladders. So he’s really glad this writing thing seems to be working out. Mike holds a black belt in Songahm Taekwondo. He lives in Indianapolis with his wife and her three cats. Ashen Winter is his second novel. His debut, Ashfall, was named one of the top five young adult novels of 2011 by National Public Radio, a Best Teen Book of 2011 by Kirkus Reviews, and a New Voices selection by the American Booksellers Association

Book Synopsis:
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.

This is one of the most powerful and emotional series I have read. It is a survival series 100% and Mike Mullin is not messing around when it comes to serious situations. In the series we have seen people die, raped, kidnapped, tortured and cannibals.

Things become very serious in this final novel of the Ashfall series, when their farm is put in serious danger by surrounding groups. Alex has to go through seeing people he cares for die, starve and pain. Without Darla by his side I am not sure how far he would have pushed to help those around him. He has a drive to help everybody, he is as honest as you can get in this situation and lives by a last resort motto when it comes to hurting others.

We got to see a lot of violence throughout the story, but this one really brings to a catastrophic head. The research into staying alive in such a situation is very well detailed throughout the book, but it's really the emotional ties to the characters that wins my heart. I felt all the emotions throughout the series, and this is the book that got me the most. I was devastated with the situations they had to endure and it's amazing that survival for anybody is possible.

This series has been one of my absolute favorites and they will stick with me forever. A series that I want to read again and again. Amazing writing and very strong memorable characters.

This giveaway is sponsored by Books With Bite. It is one complete set of The Ashfall Series (Ashfall, Ashen Winter & Sunrise) from The Book Depository. Please make sure they ship to your country. Open to everyone! It also includes a second prize of Sunrise Pendants. This is also open International.
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