Supervolcano: All Fall Down

ROC: NAL. Dec. 2012. 432p. ISBN 9780451464811. $26.95. SF
The supervolcano lying beneath Yellowstone National Park has finally erupted (as recounted in Supervolcano: Eruption), covering most of North America with ash and initiating a series of severe climatic and meteorological conditions. As the weather grows unnaturally cold, two major snowfalls cripple Los Angeles, and the nation's prospects for viable crops are dismal. LA cop Colin Ferguson's family is scattered across the country. Colin, his second wife, and son Marshall live in California; Rob, another son, is trapped with his band in Maine; daughter Vanessa, who was nearest to the eruption, struggles to survive under deplorably crowded conditions in one of the many refugee camps.
VERDICT Tracking the Ferguson family's fortunes in a vastly changed America, alternative history master Turtledove (The Guns of the South; Days of Infamy) tells in microcosm the story of a nation coping with an unavoidable natural disaster. His chilling look at a plausible future will arouse interest in his fans as well as readers who enjoy ecothrillers.
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