Ashfall - by Mike Mullin
"For anyone who is a fan of apocalyptic novels or collapse of society and survival afterwards"
This book deals with what has become a sort of cliche in writing as of late, the collapse of civilization. While many authors have written using the supernatural or the popularly accepted such as zombies, Mullin writes with an innovative idea. Volcanic eruption. As the super volcano erupted in Yellowstone, his book describes the days afterwards and how people react when everything, their world and their family, has been taken away.
Personally, I loved Ashfall quite a bit. The story was believable while the characters were realistic, dealing with the various problems and insecurities they might have after they see their world crash down around them. It introduced bandits and other such people as well and their acts and reactions towards them aided in fleshing out the storyline and giving some of the characters motive.
As with any book, enjoying it depends upon your tastes in writings. But, for anyone who is a fan of apocalyptic novels or collapse of society and survival afterwards, I would strongly recommend this book. Suffice to say, this has been one the best books I've read in awhile.