About the Book
Author: Mike Mullin
Series: Ashfall #0.5
Publication Date: October 5, 2013
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Darla Edmunds has faced a lot of challenges in her seventeen years: Her dad died in a farming accident when she was fourteen. Her mother retreated into hyper-religiosity, leaving Darla to run the family farm almost single-handedly. But those struggles pale in comparison to the one she faces after the Yellowstone supervolcano erupts, plummeting the world--and Darla's small corner of Iowa--into a cataclysmic natural disaster.
My Review of Darla's Story
The Ashfall series is one of my favorite young adult series of all time. I really think Darla saves Alex and gives him a purpose and reason to keep fighting to survive throughout the series. I also really like Darla’s inventions and her ability to solve just about any problem. When I saw there was a short story about Darla’s first day after the eruption of Yellowstone, I knew I had to read it. It really opened my eyes at how responsible and intelligent Darla really is. I can say I do not think I would hold up as well if a major nationwide catastrophe struck.
Darla’s story even though a short novella gives insight into Darla and her life before the eruption. It also gives insight as to how Darla got the farm into the shape it was in before Alex shows up. I also like the relationship between Darla and her mother. This novella is a must read for any Ashfall fan or it is the perfect way to start a love with the series.
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