It’s no mystery that Yellowstone sits atop an ancient supervolcano; the mystery’s when will it next erupt. Turtledove answers this question first in his fantastic and realistic trilogy, starting pre-blast and continuing on through recent aftermath of the catastrophe. He provides a unique perspective by following his characters through the minutiae of their daily lives as well as the cataclysmic before, during and aftereffects of the eruption. Readers will get lost in this epic adventure with unforgettable characters and edge-of-your-seat action, with a wonderful mixture of dark and light. A must-read for all apocalyptic fiction fans.
It’s not every day that one gets to be at ground zero experiencing the beginning of an apocalypse, but unfortunately that’s exactly what happens to Colin Ferguson and Kelly Birnbaum. Colin, a police officer, is in Yellowstone for personal healing and Kelly is a geology grad student studying what she and her fellow scientists think may be the next big bang. Colin has loved ones spread across America that he fears for, as well as evolving feelings for Kelly that he wonders if he’ll survive to see through — for he wonders if anyone will survive Supervolcano: Eruption. (ROC, Dec., 448 pp., $25.95)