Release Date: September 14, 2010
Series: Crank #3
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Publisher
My Rating: 5 Stars
Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They…more Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—three of Kristina Snow’s five children—live in different homes, with different guardians and different last names. They share only a predisposition for addiction and a host of troubled feelings toward the mother who barely knows them, a mother who has been riding with the monster, crank, for twenty years. Hunter is nineteen, angry, getting by in college with a job at a radio station, a girlfriend he loves in the only way he knows how, and the occasional party. He’s struggling to understand why his mother left him, when he unexpectedly meets his rapist father, and things get even more complicated. Autumn lives with her single aunt and alcoholic grandfather. When her aunt gets married, and the only family she’s ever known crumbles, Autumn’s compulsive habits lead her to drink. And the consequences of her decisions suggest that there’s more of Kristina in her than she’d like to believe. Summer doesn’t know about Hunter, Autumn, or their two youngest brothers, Donald and David. To her, family is only abuse at the hands of her father’s girlfriends and a slew of foster parents. Doubt and loneliness overwhelm her, and she, too, teeters on the edge of her mother’s notorious legacy. As each searches for real love and true family, they find themselves pulled toward the one person who links them together—Kristina, Bree, mother, addict. But it is in each other, and in themselves, that they find the trust, the courage, the hope to break the cycle.
Told in three voices and punctuated by news articles chronicling the family’s story, FALLOUT is the stunning conclusion to the trilogy begun by CRANK and GLASS, and a testament to the harsh reality that addiction is never just one person’s problem.
I’m notorious for not reading blurbs to sequels. What’s the point, because you already know you like the series! But sometimes this means I get surprises. Like with Fallout by Ellen Hopkins. At first I thought ‘WHERE’S KRISTINA!!?’ But after thinking about it I realized the genius behind the decision to make the book from Kristina’s children’s point of view. We all know that Kristina isn’t going to get better. Not for a long time. So, Ellen Hopkins takes a big leap with this one and makes it 20 years after Glass. It worked flawlessly.
These books never cease to amaze and horrify me. Since the main voices in this book weren’t hopeless drug addicts it wasn’t as horrifying. At least not from that angle. In Fallout we get a glimpse of the after effects. We see how Kristina’s addiction affects everyone in her life and some people that will never even know her. Hunter, Autumn and Summer’s voices come through so loud and clear. They have to deal with so many things, not having a mother, a predisposition to addiction, and all the regular teenage issues.
Ellen Hopkins verse is as beautiful as always. This is the third book I have read by her now, and I’m still in awe of her talent. I don’t know that I will ever be able to read another authors verse without comparing it to Ellen’s. And I have found anyone else that stacks up yet.
Overall, this was a great conclusion to the Crank trilogy. Most everything was wrapped up nicely or as nicely as you can expect from such a heartbreaking story. If you haven’t read these books yet, I suggest you do so and soon!