I am reading Ashfall by Mike Mullin. I bought this originally a year ago when it first came out. I read the first couple of pages and was scared out of my mind.
Not by the writing, that's great, but by the subject matter. It's about a supervolcano eruption that basically ruins the atmosphere, and how a teenage boy escapes to look for his family.
Post-apocalyptic fiction is eery but has never been this frightening to me before. See, I live very close to one of the most active volcanoes in the world. It spews ash about 3 times a day right now, and some of that lands on our house. I am extremely aware of how dangerous it would be if it erupted on a large scale. But I don't want to think about being separated from my kids and having to deal with the aftermath!
Once I got past my fear of the book being about my kids though, I really liked it. It's a really well-written YA novel with very likeable characters. The descriptions of the ash etc. seem really realistic too. Alex and Darla are complementary and strong teens who I am totally rooting for! Of course I know that I have an ARC of the second book, to be released in a couple weeks, so I know things don't completely end. That helps with the fear!
My son is reading an easy reader called I Like Bugs. So nice that he picks it up on his own to entertain his sister!
What are you and your family reading this week?