// April 20th, 2014 // Book Reviews

Title: Fallout

Author: Todd Strasser


In the summer of 1962, the possibility of nuclear war is all anyone talks about. But Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who actually prepares for the worst. As the neighbors scoff, he builds a bomb shelter to hold his family and stocks it with just enough supplies to keep the four of them alive for two critical weeks. In the middle of the night in late October, when the unthinkable happens, those same neighbors force their way into the shelter before Scott’s dad can shut the door. With not enough room, not enough food, and not enough air, life inside the shelter is filthy, physically draining, and emotionally fraught. But even worse is the question of what will — and won’t — remain when the door is opened again.

My Book Review:

Fallout is about the Cuban Missile Crisis. Well, kind of, but I’ll get to that later. The Cuban Missile Crisis occurred during the Cold War a 10 day, umm… crisis. All of America was in panic. The Soviets had missiles stocked in Cuba, which, for some people who don’t know, is DANGEROUSLY CLOSE to the United States of America. But, thankfully, nothing happened because the Soviets and the Americans negotiated a treaty where the Americans would remove missiles aimed at Russia and the Soviets would remove the missiles in Cuba. But, what would have happened if they had not reached an agreement?

That’s what this book is about.

Fallout is in an alternate reality. This is what would have happened if the Soviets actually shot the missiles. Some people in the book were already really worried, so they built bunkers where they would go if the Russians shot missiles. Scott’s dad (Scott is the main character) was one of the people who decided to build a bunker under his house.

People were extremely desperate when the missiles were fired to get inside the bunker. Scott’s dad wouldn’t allow people into his bunker, but still, a couple people made it inside. There was a family that got torn apart, and only two out of the four of them made it to the bunker before the missile hit. Scott’s dad was running out of supplies quickly because he was supposed to have enough supplies for his own family, not ten people. Some people threatened to kick people out of the bunker so supplies could last longer. One person was almost voted out of the bunker because she was black. Blacks and whites were still considered not equal in 1962.

This story is told in a strange but unique and interesting way. All odd chapters are about Scott’s two week stay in the bunker. The even chapters are about the events that happened before the nuclear missile hit. I happened to like the former more than the latter.

I would rate this book 9 out of 10. It was extremely interesting, but the chapters that happened before the nuclear strike were a little tedious at certain parts. I recommend it to people who can understand young adult books, because it is extremely sad and confusing at certain parts. I didn’t know a lot about the Cuban Missile Crisis, but now I do because of this book (well, not really this book, because the events didn’t really happen, but I looked up about the Cuban Missile Crisis because I read this book, and it was very very cool and interesting, this book, and… well you get my point!)!

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