As the Ash Fell

  • by AJ Powers
  • Narrated by Aaron Cleveland
  • 12 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Life in the frozen wastelands of Texas is anything but easy, but for Clay Whitaker there is always more at stake than mere survival.
It's been seven years since the ash billowed into the atmosphere, triggering some of the harshest winters in recorded history. Populations are thinning. Food is scarce. Despair overwhelming. With no way to sustain order, societies collapsed, leaving people to fend for themselves.
Clay and his sister Megan have taken a handful of orphaned children into their home - a home soaring 16 stories into the sky. With roughly six short months a year to gather enough food and supplies to last the long, brutal winter, Clay must spend most of his time away from his family to scavenge, hunt, and barter.
When Clay rescues a young woman named Kelsey from a group of Screamers, his life is catapulted into a new direction, forcing him to make decisions he never thought he would have to make.
Now, with winter rolling in earlier than ever, Clay's divided attention is putting him, and his family, at risk.


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I wasn't sure what to expect from this seeing as I had never heard of it before, but what I got was an enthralling read. Now, it's not an action packed book by any stretch of the imagination, it focuses more on the struggle of surviving, but this is what makes it so enthralling.

Clay, his sister and some orphan children they came across have been surviving, barely, in the frozen wasteland that is Texas. Since the super volcanoes erupted, the ash covers the sky so life is extremely hard. It's up to Clay to go provide for the family with hunting, foraging and scavenging, though he only has a few months every year to do it in, before winter really sets in and it becomes impossible to leave their house. When Clay meets Kelsey Lambert and she introduces him to where she lives, Clay's life is changed forever!!

The best thing about the book, in my opinion anyway, was Clay, his sister and their little family. Clay is such a strong, resourceful and genuinely nice character. He opens his home and his heart to anyone in need and is quick to help. Though he is tough when he needs to be. He goes off for days at a time to find the things to help his family and always looks out for them. I loved his character!!!

In all, this isn't very fast paced, but it has so much character depth and development that the pacing doesn't matter. Enough happens to keep the heart pumping but it's more a rooting for the family type of book. I absolutely devoured this and can not wait for more from these characters and this world!!

Aaron Cleveland was pretty good considering he hasn't narrated that many books. He had a pretty good range of tones and voices for the different characters and had good inflections, I just found his kids voices a little much. I still enjoyed the performance though.

I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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- Natalie @ BookLoversLife


Which scene was your favorite?

Clay love those kids unconditionally. I'm glad he found his woman and they got an HEA.

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- mani

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-19-2017
  • Publisher: AJ Powers