Ashfall

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Alex “For the first time
ever, I felt ashamed of my species. The volcano had taken our homes, our food, our automobiles, and our airplanes, but it hadn't taken our humanity. No, we'd given that up on our own.” Pg 50

Darla“A librarian can’t live by books alone, and I wouldn’t eat them if I could. Feel too much like cannibalism.” Pg 75

“Alex Condoms instantly shot to the number-one position on my mental list of must-find survival supplies, far ahead of food, water, and a way across the Mississippi River.” Pg 86

Alex “I used to think that teachers who gave homework on weekends should be forced to grade papers for an eternity in hell.” Pg93

Alex “I didn't care much for being called stupid and softhearted. But the boyfriend bit I could live with.” Pg 128

Alex “The few trees still upright were stripped of their branches, lonely flagpoles without a nation to claim them.” Pg 166

Darla “But unlike thunder, this didn’t stop. It went on and on, machine-gun style, as if Zeus had loaded his bolts into an M60 with an inexhaustible ammo crate.” Pg 204

Alex “The next few hours were, well, how to describe it? Ask someone to lock you in a box with no light, nobody to talk to, and then have them beat on it with a tree limb to make a hideous sound. Do that for hours, and if you're still not bat-shit crazy, you'll know how we felt.” Pg 286

Alex “I wanted, needed to see her so badly that it woke me up at night.” Pg 307
* Darla “I felt bad about dirtying their comforter with my nasty clothes, but who knew what might happen later. If something else bizarre went down and I had to run, I sure didn’t want to do it butt naked.” Pg 386

This is a major plot point because Alex is saying that before the volcano erupted he took everything for granted and now that he isn’t left with much he feels grateful for what he had. * Darla is saying that she would not be able to eat another human being if she had to. She would rather starve. * Alex is saying that...
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