One of the most common questions questions I get is this: what’s ASHFALL #4 about? Instead of typing a separate answer yet again, I’m going to share everything I’m currently willing to discuss here.

First, yes, there will be a fourth full-length ASHFALL book. So it will no longer be a trilogy. Or a three-and-a-half-ology. Now I think it will be a tetra-logy? Or a four-and-a-half-ology? Anyway, the series order will be: ASHFALL, (DARLA’S STORY is a novelette that can be read before or after ASHFALL), ASHEN WINTER, SUNRISE, and ASHFALL #4. No, I don’t have a title for the fourth book yet. If you’ve got a great idea and don’t care if I use it (you won’t get paid anything), then email me!

I have until December 31st, 2017 to deliver the manuscript for ASHFALL #4. I hope to get it done a lot sooner. But I’ll take as long as I need to to write a great book. I know it’s hard to be patient, so thank you.

I outline my books before I write them, but while I’m writing I often change the outline. Or scrap chunks of it completely. So the information I’m about to share may change. With that said, here’s what ASHFALL #4 is about: It starts two years after SUNRISE ends. Alex and Darla are the proud parents of an 8-month-old girl named Gloria, after Darla’s mother. Speranta is incredibly prosperous. In terms of technology, standard of living, and food storage, they’re years ahead of all their much larger neighbors. One of those neighbors wants Speranta’s riches for itself. And they’ll stop at nothing to get them.

Thanks for your continued support and all the questions you’ve emailed me. I love my fans! –Mike

72 thoughts on “ASHFALL #4

  1. YAAAY 😀 This is awesome news Mike. I haven’t yet read Sunrise, but I know I will enjoy it 🙂 I liked the first two books a whole lot. And this fourth one do sound amazing so far 😀 Best of luck writing it 🙂

    • Thanks. SUNRISE is the book I’m proudest of. It was easily the hardest of the three to write–the structure is considerably more complicated than in the first two books. Hope you enjoy it.

  2. We are so glad to here you are writing another book in the series. Have not read anything to date that we have liked since Sunrise. Can’t wait!! Will try to help you think of a title as well. Can’ t praise this series enough! One of the best we read ever!! Did I tell you we were excited!!
    Happy writing!

  3. I almost cried from happiness reading that there will be a 4th ASHFALL book! Then I’m immediately terrified for my beloved characters because I know that no one and nothing is safe in your novels- and esp. in this world that you’ve created. Thanks for the premature stress!

    • I’ve only written half the first draft, and I’ve already killed two important characters. I think I may need professional help with whatever makes me abuse my poor characters so badly. They should really find a nicer author to write them :).

  4. Do you think It’ll be finished before the December 31st 2017 d? Im super hyped for this book. It’s hard to beilive I’ll be in college when this book comes out.

  5. So incredibly excited for this book. If I have to wait until 2018 I will to get the best book possible but I’m crossing my fingers for sooner.

  6. I am really excited to hear you are planning a fourth book as I am addicted to the ashfall series. Iove the way you write, there are surprises around every page. I hope no one to important dies?. I read all your books last week so you gained a new fan from Wyoming. Best of luck

    • Important people die in ASHFALL #4. Sorry! It’s really important to me to write a realistic book, and, sadly, in an apocalypse, the death toll would be horribly high. Thanks for your kind words about my work.

  7. I am so hyped about Ashfall #4! I read your last three books in 3 days(Who needs sleep?) and I was soo hooked. This is the best present I could ever get for my birthday!(Today is that day) One question: Whos perspective is this in? Thanks and good luck writing this amazing book.

  8. Im so excited for this book. Its been about a year since i finished sunrise and i still haven’t found a series that that pulls me into the story as much as yours cant wait.

  9. Easily my favorite book series, it is thrilling, action packed, and also incorporates things that readers of all ages love. I am glad you took the time to write these books and respond to your devoted fans.

  10. I read all of them in three days for the first time, and today I read all of them in 13 hours. No explanation needed.

  11. You’ve given a lot of people (including me) a lot of joy with your books. Thank you.

    I wonder if Ashfall 4 will give us some hints on what happened to the U.S. government. It’s hard to believe that with all the resources of the military and pre-positioned shelters (presumably with stockpiled supplies), it would just vanish.

    • Thanks, Carl! Book 4 does give a broader perspective about what’s going on in the rest of the U.S. and world, although my first goal is to tell an engaging story.

      I’m not sanguine about the United States’ prospects in a disaster this large, although there would certainly be successor states claiming the mantle of the U.S., just as there were states claiming the Roman Empire’s mantle for hundreds of years after it fell.

  12. Hey Mr. Mullin!
    I’m just your average teen living in this world, but one who is extremely interested in post-apocalyptic novels. This series has been a great journey for me. It kept me yearning for more. So much that I finished the whole series in a little over a day! Thank you for making that happen, for writing a spectacular series. Can’t wait to read Ashfall #4 (how about sunset?)

  13. I’ve read your ashfall trilogy more than once and I love every single one of them. I love the way you write with such enthusiasm and energy, it’s an amazing thriller. Every chapter something happens. All three books are so action packed it must get harder with every book you write to beat the last book. But I believe that you can do that. So hyped for ashfall 4. Good writing Mike!

  14. If Alex dies im going to be so mad and if Darla does ill also be pretty mad Anyone else it will suck but not as bad I’m ready for this next book ifit isn’t out soon I might die. Read all 3 books in 3and a half days love it this work is amazing

    • Thanks, Bradene, I’m glad you enjoyed my work so much! I’m making good progress on book #4, but I’m not going to rush–I want to write a book you’ll love just as much as the first three, and that takes time. Best, Mike

  15. Mr.Mullin, your books are easily the best books I have ever read. You managed to keep me guessing throughout the entire series. I was just wondering, after the 4th book, is there ever a chance of these books ever being turned into a movie series? If so, can you please make sure the series isn’t butchered like so many other book series when transformed into moves?

    • I just realized I used ever twice in one sentence. I apologize for my poor English skills. Not everyone is as talented as you. Or would it be more fitting to say no one is?

      • Don’t worry about it. I messed up “it’s” and “its” in an email the other day. All of us make mistakes in informal communications, and that’s fine. I understood what you meant and very much appreciated your comment very much. 🙂

    • Hi Cameron, Thanks for your kind words. Yes, the books have been optioned for screen development several times, and there’s a writer working on a pilot now. I can’t promise that they won’t butcher ASHFALL, because unfortunately writers get very little control over film adaptations of their work. (I could have blocked it completely–refused to take the option money–but I didn’t. Hey, I’ve got to eat and pay my mortgage, right?)

      • Mike,
        This is unrelated to topic or Ashfalls… but I know you wrote another book other than the Ashfall series and was having a hard time finding any info on it.
        I was wanting to give it a read, but something is sticking in my head that you only had it wasn’t done on print?? Let me know…
        Also… like the planet… can’t wait for number 4!!

  16. Just re-read my sentence… lol talk about running two thoughts together!!
    Happy writing and look forward to your reply!

  17. 0.0 so excited!!!! Just to hear this news really made my day xD this was my favorite trilogy in a long time and I was so sad when I finished it. So glad i’ll be getting more to read of it ^^.

  18. Hi, I read Ashfall as a … Freshman I think, and now I’m (technically) a senior. I have to say, there’s only a few YA books that have kept me up at night reading just to finish, and I just reread Ashfall AND Ashen Winter, and about 10 minutes ago finished Sunrise. My sleep schedule is now kind of Wack, but I’m so glad I stayed up finishing. Your trilogy and Ilsa J. Bicks similarly named Ashes trilogy, (with same named protagonists) are my top two YA series. Thank you so much for writing long books that have substance and meaning.
    I can’t wait for book four.

  19. It would be fun to read about a different character in a different place when the supervolcano erupts. So many lives are affected by it. So many stories can be told in that universe. ITS SO COOL!!!


  20. Is the book almost done I want to get it for a friend and there birthday is in a few weeks and I love the books so far and can’t wait for the fourth one

  21. Can’t wait for the book, I’ve read the series at least 4 times, every time the emotions are as strong as the first. I hope #4 comes out soon, I want to read it so bad, but it will be sad to see an end to the series. Can’t wait !!!

  22. Been following this for a long time. Can’t wait. I am so excited for this. Just wanted to ask how the book is coming along. Thanks for writing great books.

  23. Should we expect it before Q4 of – 2018 or after Q1 of 2019? Surface tensions seems to be your focus right now, so just curious, also did you make the deadline? Hopefully it wasn’t rushed. Love ur books

  24. I just want to say that i love the ashfall series!
    By the way is there a proper term for the series other than the “ashfall series”?

    You are one of the authors that inspire me to write my own books! Thanks a million!

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