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The Fallout Paperback – September 30, 2014
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Gr 7-10-This book picks up in the weeks after the shocking events at the end of The Compound (Feiwel & Friends, 2008) and basically recounts the fallout of the family members' escape from the compound, where they were locked away for six years, and the death of its brilliant but unstable patriarch. Justifiably shell-shocked, most of the Yanakakis clan, believing the world as they knew it has fallen, concentrate on shielding themselves from the intrusive media and survival nuts who want to know their story. Pages are devoted to them settling in to a new home, but nothing much really happens. Eli has been reunited with his twin, who avoided imprisonment at the faked Armageddon, and the narrative reveals what everyone eats and wears, and how they pass the time. Mom is furious that her husband's henchman, Phil, is in charge of YK Industries until the boys become 25, and they go to the company to make a show of interest. Eli randomly picks from many charitable involvements a folder detailing the Progeria Institute's grants and demands a visit to the facility. Lackluster plot elements are thrown in: an adopted older sister's interest in her birth parents; trips to Costco, a Mariner's game, and the aquarium; stomach flu; and people posting online with sightings of them. None is particularly compelling. Eventually a threat of sorts to Eli and two of his siblings results in abduction and some discoveries, but few readers will experience shock or dismay on the characters' behalf.-Suzanne Gordon, Lanier High School, Sugar Hill, GAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journal. LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
In this follow-up to The Compound (2008), Eli, his mother, and his siblings have been reunited with his twin and their grandmother after spending 2,000 days believing their world had been obliterated by nuclear attack. It was a lie, one of many told by Eli’s brilliant but amoral father. Now, while trying to deal with the fallout (so to speak), Eli comes to believe that the horrors may not be over and that his father is still alive and hatching his next plan to control both his family and the world. Eli’s first-person narration increases the immediacy of this standalone psychological thriller. Though the prose can be didactic, the emotion and pacing are realistic, and Bodeen does a fine job conveying the characters’ paranoia and readjustment while living in the public eye after a sensational media event. Hints that the mad-scientist father is still on the loose, and enough action to offset the introspection, should make this appealing for a wide readership. Grades 8-11. --Cindy Welch --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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As is in the S.A. Bodeen fashion, there is a crazy twist toward the end that will either have you gasping in surprise....or maybe just rolling your eyes, going "Right. Of course." Either way, I thought it was a great sequel. I hope there are no more, though. The story is done and done well and any others might ruin it.
The Fallout is just too simplistic, in my opinion. It was very classic ('exposition, rising action, climax, etc.) BUT, the whole first 3/4 of the book contained a very brief exposition and then a great deal of rising action. The climax, falling action, and resolution were all jammed into the final 1/4. And considering the complexity of what Eli discovers, it just seemed a little too simplistic and easy. And (SPOILER!) when he presses the (very convenient) self destruct box (really...again?!) and races off the island to save himself and his brother and sister, leaving everyone else on the island to die, including the experiments (who were fully cognative-just suffering) I was dumbfounded at his own disregard for life. Eli ran past people who were innocent of what the alarm meant-surely he might have tried to fit at least some on the plane to save them as well? He doesn't. The life of himself and his family is all that matters and the annihilation of everyone on the island appears to be an appropriate cost. Maybe S.A. Bodeen was trying to suggest a correlation between Eli and his father...I don't know? Perhaps Eli will be the next evil ('ends justify the means') villain in the 3rd book. But it didn't suggest a 'happily ever after' to me.
The reason I gave it two stars, despite all this, is S.A. Bodeen is a good writer and I did read to the end, which I don't always do once a story has lost my interest. But I was disappointed with this book and would not recommend it as a purchase.