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È l’estate del 1962 e Scott, undici anni, si gode gli ultimi scampoli di vacanza giocando a pallone e combinando qualche bravata con gli amici. Ma in piena Guerra Fredda la minaccia della bomba atomica incombe anche sui loro giorni spensierati. Nonostante tutti temano quell’ipotesi, il padre di Scott è l’unico nel quartiere a prepararsi al peggio, facendosi costruire un riÈ l’estate del 1962 e Scott, undici anni, si gode gli ultimi scampoli di vacanza giocando a pallone e combinando qualche bravata con gli amici. Ma in piena Guerra Fredda la minaccia della bomba atomica incombe anche sui loro giorni spensierati. Nonostante tutti temano quell’ipotesi, il padre di Scott è l’unico nel quartiere a prepararsi al peggio, facendosi costruire un rifugio antiatomico e accumulando le provviste necessarie per sopravvivere nelle prime due critiche settimane. E una notte di fine ottobre, la terribile minaccia sembra diventare improvvisamente realtà. In preda al panico, tutto il vicinato cerca di infilarsi a forza nel rifugio, qualcuno resta ferito, gli animi si infiammano e alla fine dieci persone si ritrovano stipate a condividere uno spazio e risorse troppo esigue, con la speranza di sopravvivere e con l’incertezza di come sarà il mondo una volta usciti di lì…...

Title : La Bomba
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ISBN : 9788817071758
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 266 Pages
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La Bomba Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-01-31 00:13

    A shocking, brutal yet deeply important story of desperation, selfishness and human nature coupled with straight-up fear, Fallout is reminiscent of The Twilight Zone's episode "The Shelter" but is unique in how it expands on themes of Cold War terror and how it affected the minds and behavior of everyone as a whole.

  • Ariel
    2019-01-21 02:13

    This was such a fascinating read!I have always loved history - I took 3 history classes in my final year of high school even though none of them were required! It's so interesting to me to see the decisions our ancestors have made and how they affected their own society and then ours. This book felt like a really interesting and quick history lesson; an insight into something new and important. The Cold War period was a scary one. The constant threat of mutually-assured destruction left people living in fear and doubt. This book felt like I was dropped right into the minds of the people during this period and then let me know how they felt and what they were thinking. I couldn't give it 5 stars because it did feel lacking in plot: I found it super compelling, but definitely not because of it's story which could feel lacking at times. I also wish there had maybe been one or two more chapters at the end. All that being said though, I enjoyed this book very much and would recommend it!

  • Beth
    2019-01-30 00:10

    4 1/2 stars, actually. I challenge any reluctant reader to be able to put this book down! But I would be cautious about which kids I recommend this book to. Besides the horror of the bomb actually being dropped, there is some other content involving Playboy, kids drinking wine, etc. I thoroughly enjoyed this book though. It reminds me of the Life as We Knew It series.

  • Olivia
    2019-02-06 01:18

    My overall opinion of Fallout was, "ugh." I've never really liked Todd Strasser, but I especially didn't like this book. I wanted to abandon the main character less than halfway through, and I thought everyone in the book was a little farfetched. I also didn't like the message Strasser put out--that Russia could have and would have nuked the United States. Some of his descriptions and facts weren't exactly accurate (I've done research on this stuff) and the actions the main character, Scott, and his best friend went through seemed too old for kids who were around eleven or twelve. Even though this is set in the 1960s, I don't think any parent would allow their eleven-year-old son and his friend drink wine. So, I really didn't like Fallout. At all.

  • Brody Ferko
    2019-02-06 00:57

    this book has two different perspectives of one were the H-Bomb hit and they have to survive in their shelter under ground for a month, the other perspective is were the H-Bomb doesn't hit and they are very prepared for it to hit them.

  • Laura Harrison
    2019-01-25 23:03

    Love Todd Strasser; this book-not so much. I kept reading because I thought something exciting and amazing was right around the corner. Sadly, it was not.

  • Medeia Sharif
    2019-02-16 20:51

    It’s the early sixties and people are worried about the Cuban missile crisis, the Soviet Union, and communism. Scott’s dad does something no one else in their neighborhood is doing. He’s building a bomb shelter. This causes their family to receive strange looks and questions. Scott gets through the questioning and teasing, because the nation is going through a scary time and he believes in what his father is doing to protect them. In reality, the crisis never happened, but in this novel it does. There’s a massive explosion and everyone rushes to the bomb shelter. Everyone also means the neighbors, but Scott’s family has to fend them off because there’s not enough food and supplies. Still, there are a few who push their way in. Scott is stuck for two weeks in the shelter with not just his family, but a few neighbors and friends. According to their radiation meter a nuclear explosion really did occur, and they’re not getting a radio signal. The chapters go back and forth to the present in the shelter and the past with Scott’s friends, the building of the shelter, and safety drills at school. The past had the fear of destruction, but there was normalcy with Scott’s friends, their pranks, and their odd nicknames. The present was awful with the rationing of food, the bickering between adults, and the horror that awaited them on the other side. This was a tense read and an amazing page turner. There are a few things of a sexual nature that don't belong in this book which could have been deleted or toned down, so that's my only criticism. I highly recommend this. NetGalley provided a copy, courtesy of the publisher.

  • Steve Cohen
    2019-02-05 22:05

    It's 1962, the height of the Cold War, only in this alternative version of history, atom bombs actually go off. Eleven-year old Scott and his family seek safety in a home-made bomb shelter. Others, their neighbors without shelters of their own, try to get in. There's only enough emergency supplies for Scott's family. But these are their friends trying to save themselves, banging on the shelter door. From this heart-pounding beginning, the story unfolds in alternating chapters as Scott describes life trapped in the shelter and life before as they wait for radiation levels to go down enough so they can safely get out of there. Todd Strasser, the best-selling author of many young adult books, seems to effortlessly combine an entertaining and witty style with careful research and a sharp eye for details. It's the work of a master at the top of his skills. This provocative story is sure to stimulate young readers. Great for a history class or an English class.

  • Gergana Tsvetanova
    2019-01-22 03:17

    Another great book! It's set in 1962 during the Cold war. Everyone is afraid of that a nuclear bomb is going to fall and kill them. That, of course, didn't happen, but this book shows what the life of a normal family would have been. I think most people don't realise how hard life must have been back then. Imagine waking up every morning, knowing that this might be your last day to live. Horrible, isn't it? And what if the bomb had really really fallen? How many people would have died? This book was like a history lesson. And a very useful one. But I wish it was longer. Really, it ends with the people getting out of the bomb shelter and we don't really know what happens to them. Did they survive?

  • David Etkin
    2019-02-16 01:53

    A fascinating--and terrifying-- re-envisioning of the Cuban Missile Crisis told through the eyes of a 12 year old whose father was the only one in the neighborhood to preparefor nuclear war. What if the crisis wasn't averted?The bunker scenes are frightening--they would make a great play--like ANNE FRANK or 12 ANGRY JURORS. Multiple personalities struggling in close quarters. Great tie-in with Z FOR ZECHARIAH.

  • Olivia
    2019-01-31 19:03

    I read this book after my 12 yr old recommended it. I found it to be interesting and very well written. I'm looking forward to more by this author and more recommendations from my young reader.

  • Ellie
    2019-01-25 23:57

    Fallout by Todd Strasser follows the main character Scott through his life in 1962. The book covers what would have happened had there been a nuclear war. Due to Scott and his family being extra precautious in the months leading up to the presumed attack, they happen to be one of the only families to build a bomb shelter in their yard. When the US is attacked, suddenly everyone wants to gather in the bomb shelter and it becomes overcrowded. Throughout the story, Scott and his neighbors in the bomb shelter face hardships and come very close to death, which is when many of them lose hope. In the end, they make it out alive, yet their world as they knew it would was gone.I found the storyline of Fallout to be very compelling and entertaining. The book kept me interested and made me want to continue flipping the page. However, the book went back and forth from before the attack and during which I found to be very hard to follow. Sometimes I would find myself lost in what was happening. Additionally, for my next book, I would like it to be a little more difficult. I feel like I should read a book that challenges me in order to become a better reader and writer.

  • Bethany
    2019-01-22 20:54

    "Her sobs grow louder, and Mrs. Shaw hugs her and says it's going to be okay. But that can't be true. There's a nuclear war and Mom's bleeding and too many people are already in the shelter and more are trying to get in."Wow.Fallout was unsettling, but downright amazing!!Alright, Fallout is a very unique book.Has anyone heard of the Cold War? The rivalry between the United States and the Soviet Union. The arms race, where each side stocked up on weapons and missiles and bombs. The Cuban missile crisis, where the Russians put missiles into Cuba, aimed straight for the United States. The constant threat of war.Only... nothing happened; no missiles, or explosives, or bombs were dropped.Nothing happened......but......what if it did?That is what Fallout is about.Eleven year old Scott has heard about the threat of war all over. From his school, from his friends, and from his parents.At school, a peculiar teacher makes Scott and his classmates question what exactly they believe about what is going on in history.With his friends, Scott's friends make him steal and do bad things and get in trouble, because they constantly remind him that he very much could be dead the next day from an attack.At home, Scott's parents argue endlessly, while Scott's father builds an underground bomb shelter. Everyone teases Scott's family, because they are overreacting. Their family seems to be the only one in the neighborhood that is building a bomb shelter. There's not going to be a bomb. Sure, everyone worries, but there'll never be a bomb.But then, one night, the sirens are wailing. There's an attack! It is not a drill! This is the real thing! There is going to be a bomb after all!Scott's family and two other families manage to get into the shelter, and they refuse to let anyone else in, for there is not enough room and supplies as it is. Scott's mom has fallen on the way down there, and is now severely injured, not responding to anyone. Some of the families are missing family members.Now they're trapped down in that shelter, unable to go back up in fear that they will catch radiation poisoning. With limited supplies, little food, and gross water, everyone down there goes from scared to sick to completely hopeless. Some even nearly turn savage. It is scary for Scott."Dad points at the remaining cans on the shelf. 'I only stored enough food for four. Now we're ten. At this rate, we'll use it all up by the end of the first week.'"How long will it be until they either die risking their lives by leaving and being exposed to the high levels of radiation, or die from starvation down in the dark shelter?I really really liked Fallout for many reasons. First of all, it really gives you a clear understanding of what could have happened if America and Russia were to start dropping bombs. Just think how horrible that would have been. This is what it would have been like. I would have been terrified out of my mind.Also, it is told from a young person's point of view. This shows people of how it was like during this period of time, when schools were ordered to do air-raid drills and kids overheard others talking about what could happen, and how they're probably going to die if something happens. I think it is brilliant, because it totally shows a new level of perspective and fear when thinking about what happened during the Cold War, and what very well could have happened."Dad tries the radio again: nothing.'Could it mean the Russians won?' Ronnie asks.'Nobody won,' mutters Mr. Shaw. 'We destroyed them, and they destroyed us.'"I really love how the author, Todd Strasser was connected to this. His authors note in the back is amazing, and should be read once you finish the book, because it shows that people actually built shelters, and prepared for something like this. I really like his quote that he said in the back: "This novel can be read as a memoir, both of what happened during that time and of what I feared would happen."Do you want to hear something funny?I could not have read this book at a better time than I had.Guess what I'm learning about in history class? That's right. The Cold War! It was so creepy, because as I'm in history class, my teacher is talking about stuff, such as Sputnik and the Cuban missile crisis, and about the bombs and missiles, and just everything about the Cold War. Meanwhile, I'm reading Fallout and then I stumble across one of these topics. I think: wait, my teacher was just talking about this... Oh my gosh!! It was awesome. I was learning and reading the same exact thing. It was awesome. I couldn't have picked a better time to read this!Beautifully written, and a fantastic plot, Fallout was a shocking read, and it made me smile, tear up, and grow scared. It was a breath-taking book, and it was very unique. I love the whole alternative history idea. Brilliant!"That night when Dad came in, I whispered, 'What'll happen if the Russians drop the bomb?'He thought for a moment and then the wrinkles near his eyes deepened. 'It'll be the end, I'm afraid.''Of everything?'He seemed to hesitate, then nodded."

  • Richie Partington
    2019-02-06 20:03

    Richie's Picks: FALLOUT by Todd Strasser, Candlewick, September 2013, 272p., ISBN: 978-0-7636-5534-1 "Yes we're gonna have a wingdingA summer smoker undergroundIt's just a dugout that my dad builtIn case the Reds decide to push the button down."-- Donald Fagan, "The New Frontier""The Russians were evil. Their chubby bald-headed leader, Nikita Khrushchev, had crooked teeth and an ugly gap between the front two, which showed that Russians didn't even believe in orthodontia. And if that didn't make him anti-American enough, there was the time he'd come to the United Nations and banged his shoe on the rostrum, which proved beyond a doubt that the Commies were unpredictable, violent, and crazy enough to blow us all up.""We'll break down these walls with our music and our art"-- from a prayer during the opening ceremony at the Enchanted Forest transformational music and arts festivalI pause from my reading to watch some of the more talented dancers gyrating amidst the redwoods. It's early evening but, being just days beyond the solstice, it is still quite warm and there will still be light for at least another hour. From my perspective, this is a young crowd. You really need to scan the scene closely to see those who might have been alive during the Summer of Love, no less recall the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis. There's one. A couple more over there, but not many. It's a really relaxed vibe at this weekend festival in the northern California coastal hills. Officially a no-alcohol venue, the vast majority here are blissed out on pot and redwoods, friendships and frisbees, marathon dancing to the electronic music, and a killer, thrumming speaker system that is shaking the ground under me.And here I sit, amidst the peaceful play of a young generation, reading a tense story directly related to what was the scariest aspect of my childhood -- the threat of nuclear war, and those air raid drills where you'd duck and cover under your school desk as if that would mitigate the effects of a nuclear bomb attack. The world has made it this far, thanks to the negotiations that ended the Cuban Missile Crisis of my childhood. But in the alternative world in which Todd Strasser's FALLOUT takes place, the Cuban Missile Crisis does, in fact, lead to nuclear war."The metal rungs hurt the bottoms of my bare feet as I lower myself. The dark air in the shelter is cool and damp and smells like mildew. Suddenly boxes and bags of things shower down, bouncing off my head and arms, and falling into the shadows below. I cry out in surprise, even though it doesn't really hurt. Already Mom's feet are on the rungs just above me. "'Hurry!' Dad yells."'Ow!' Sparky cries, and I wonder if Dad accidentally banged him into something as he tried to lower him through the trapdoor."One of my feet touches the cold concrete floor; the other steps on a box that collapses with a crunch.''In there!' a man's voice shouts."Above me, Mom yells, 'Careful, Edward!'"I knew how good FALLOUT was going to be when I found myself toying with the idea of putting it down at the end of the first chapter. By that point, it was already making me feel incredibly uncomfortable. Queasy, in fact. Scott's father had a fallout shelter built under the addition to their home. It's the only one in the American neighborhood in which they live. When nuclear war breaks out, and Scott, his parents, and his little brother scramble to get down into the shelter, some neighbors who know about it break into their house and force their way into the shelter. The door is sealed and time below ground begins.But the supplies that have been stockpiled in the shelter are only meant to support four lives, not this crowd. Thus, the two weeks that need to be spent in the shelter -- while the radiation levels outside decrease sufficiently to permit going out without assuredly dying -- provide an oft-ugly look at human nature when fear, hunger, claustrophobia, prejudice, and survival instincts all set in.Told from Scott's perspective, the chapters in FALLOUT alternate between the preceding months, where we get to know these characters in their more normal states of being, and the days in the shelter that get more and more tense as the lack of food and supplies force decisions to be hammered out and permit our seeing a very dark side of humankind. And what I'm thinking about, as I gaze across this crowd of beautiful young people, and think about my own children who are part of this generation, is how, fifty-one years after the Cuban Missile Crisis brought us to the verge of nuclear war, there remain thousands of nuclear warheads in the world today. Sadly, the hatred in the world that divides countries and religious groups, combined with the existence of these weapons, assures us that the threat of nuclear war remains as ever-presently real now as it was back then."And when I really get to know youWe'll open up the doors and climb into the dawn"-- Donald FaganRichie Partington, MLISRichie's Picks http://[email protected] http://groups.yahoo.com/group/middle_... http://slisweb.sjsu.edu/people/facult...

  • Jude
    2019-02-13 03:00

    This book was very well written and kept me on a cliff hanger every chapter. I like how every other chapter changed from flashbacks to what is actually happening in the shelter. I gave this book 4 stars because I did not like the ending.

  • Hudson Spenhoff
    2019-02-10 19:56

    Fallout (By:Todd Strasser) review:Fallout is during the summer of 1962 and involves a young boy named Scott and his friends who are all haunted by the idea that they could be dead in a day because of a nuclear bomb. Scott‘s dad is always preparing for the worst such as a nuclear war. He built a bomb shelter and filled it with the things necessary for his family to survive. In the middle of the night the area they live in is attacked and everyone. Because Scott‘s dad was the only one who prepared people ran towards their shelter.I do not think that this book belongs in the sci-fi genre it is more of a realistic fiction. I think this because most sci-fi’s are more like star wars or ghosts. Whereas this book is more of something that could happen in real life. When I think of sci-fi i think of star wars. But when I think of realistic fiction I think of something more like Because of winn dixie. This book is more like because of winn dixie to me.I thought this book was boring because I don’t really like sci-fi in general and I didn’t like the way the author describes things. I would definitely recommend this book to adults with a longer attention span because it gets very serious and boring at times. So if you are looking for a book that is very serious and interesting.

  • Chaulyce
    2019-01-28 19:04

    I have read the book FallOut by Todd Strasser (Historical Fiction) and it is just such a good book I would recommend this book to everyone who reads this review. The main character of the book is a 5-6th grader named Scott. He is a really nice kid through the whole entire book

  • Sam Plunkett
    2019-02-08 22:56

    Fallout is a fictional novel written by popular teen writer Todd Strasser. Fallout is a fictional book about a kid named Scott and his life in America during the Cuban Missile Crisis. The book takes place in a suburban neighborhood in the United States of America. The plot of Fallout is a little confusing because every chapter switches between before the bomb went off and inside the shelter. Anyways, Scott is a young boy who lives in America during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Scott is a pretty typical ten year old boy, he goes to school and hangs around with his friends. At this time there are two types of people in his town. The people who build a bomb shelter because they are paranoid and people who have no fear of a nuclear attack from Russia. Scott’s father, a businessman, is one of the few smart enough to build a shelter. All of a sudden one later night there is a warning of a bomb coming to hit the United States. Scott and his family get into the shelter, but his mother falls coming down the ladder and is knocked unconscious. The rest of his friends decide they only have one option and that is to come down into the shelter. From there on the book is all about them struggling to survive in the bomb shelter made for four with twenty people. The theme of Fallout by Todd Strasser is all about control. Throughout the story Scott’s father and Scott’s friends parents fight over control of the shelter. Todd Strasser includes this to show how important it is to learn to share power. This book is a very good example of how a learning to share power can decide between life and death. Todd Strasser uses a variation of simple and complex vocabulary words throughout the novel. The story is also told in first person and the narrator is ten years old so it is pretty easy to understand. There is not too much figurative language but every now and then you see some. Fallout was pretty fast paced, the book began with them going to the shelter so I always felt like something was happening. It was a little scary because Todd Strasser is very good at using descriptive language which makes you feel like you are experiencing the story with the characters. I think I can relate to the father because in the novel he was always aware of his surroundings and I feel like I am that way too. I don’t think the book was easy for me to relate to because we live in a world that is completely different now than it was then. I think the atmosphere is completely different and I’ve never been in a place or at a certain time where I thought I had a chance of dying. My favorite part of the book was when Scott went into the shelter, the tone of the book completely changes which made it very enjoyable for me. I don’t have a specific part of the book I disliked, but I didn’t like hod Todd Strasser changed time periods every chapter, it became a little confusing for me after a little while. The only thing I would change with this book is the layout. Instead of having the chapter keep switching from before the bomb to in the shelter I would put it in chronological order. I believe Todd Strasser conveys the theme perfectly, it really ties into the plot. They all have to work together to survive which is is huge part of the book. I would recommend this book to all teenagers who have an interest in survival books. Most people that look at this book think it is historical fiction, but it really is not. So if you are considering you should definitely check it out.

  • Jaeden Hsu
    2019-02-15 20:58

    Book Review of Fallout By Todd Strasser In Fallout, Todd Strasser wrote about a boy named Scott who is trying to survive Russian bombings with his family. As bombings go off by his area, Scott and his family try to go into their secret basement which protects them from bombings and radiation, but his mom fell while trying to go down the ladder leaving her with injuries. The so called, “secret basement,” was actually the talk between the neighbors, and so Scott’s neighbors broke into the basement because it's the only safe place in the neighborhood that could protect them from danger, but there is limited recourses and very limited space for four different families. As the story goes on, the families argue most of the time on their ideas about how to handle the situation, but it just leaves tension between one another which makes it harder to cooperate with one another. I really liked how the protagonist was formed. The protagonist of my book is named Scott Porter who is also the narrator of the book. He is trying to survive Russian bombings with his family and 3 other families who broke their way in, and he tries to help out even though he is a fifth grader. I also liked how the antagonist Ronnie was made. Ronnie is Scott’s best friend who leads Scott to do wrong doing such as stealing which I find really funny. Scott doesn't take responsibility for his actions which makes the story more intriguing because it creates a sense of tension between Ronnie and Scott when they are stuck together in the hideout basement. The not-so-redeeming qualities of the book is the content such as kids drinking wine and Playboy books which makes me wonder what kind of audience this is towards to. The theme of this book is to always cooperate with others to solve situations. I chose this theme because all four families helped each other out to get out of the basement because there was piles of mess from the explosions right outside the basement that was in the way and really heavy, but they cooperated together and made a plan even though some people had problems with others. The message is that without the help of others, you can't solve certain problems. I would give this book a ⅘ rating. I gave Fallout ⅘ stars because I really thought the audience for this book would be from third grade to tenth grade, but there are inappropriate referencing, but I thought the book in general was really well written, and I thought most of the characters were well built. I would recommend this book to seventh graders and up because it tells a harsh realism of bombings and inappropriate writing for younger audiences.

  • Laura
    2019-02-09 01:53

    This was my second Todd Strasser book, after reading Boot Camp and not really enjoying it, I heard about this book which was at the time soon to be released, and grabbed a copy from my library.So Fallout is set in 1962, and the threat of a nuclear war is high. The story follows Scott. Scott and his family are the only people with a bomb shelter. And then the unthinkable happens, a nuclear bomb went off. A lot of things happen after that, a lot of it is really sad. But read it!!The story follows two story lines, one being the time after the bomb went off and the other being the days/weeks before hand. The story alternates between these two story lines. Okay so to me this was a really realistic book, because this COULD have happened, this could have been apart of history, but luckily is only fiction.I think it is really easy to place yourself into Scott's shoes, even though he is only a kid, what happens in his life is something that many people could relate to, the dangers of war. I think if I was ever faced with the issue of having a bomb shelter and other trying to get in, i have no idea what i would have done. Scott's father is placed in a very difficult position, after (view spoiler)[ Scott's mother is injured during people struggling to break into the shelter(hide spoiler)], he becomes responsible for six additional people. The difficult conditions they live in the shelter are pretty bad, urinating and defecating into a bucket, in front of everyone. Shedding clothes due to needing to wash, lack of food. And just being stuck with some pretty not nice characters. (view spoiler)[ especially that Mr. McGoven who wants to get rid of Scott's mother and Janet (the african american who babysat Scott and his brother)(hide spoiler)]In all, this was a very good book, i enjoyed it greatly. Strasser was able to turn a threat to reality. Its and easy read of a book, i read it in one sitting, then reread it. Because it was just so thought provoking. The way this novel is written it is easy to place yourself into their shoes and just imagine the harsh conditions they were living in. I think this is a very worthwhile read. :)

  • Julie
    2019-01-28 23:58

    Every once in a while, there will be a day when I literally do not leave the house -- not for the mail, not for a walk, not for anything at all. By the middle of the next day, I am feeling fidgety and off-kilter, and escape the confines of this (large-ish) house by whatever means necessary.There is a word for this feeling: cabin fever. It exists. Now imagine being forced into an enclosed basement bomb shelter for an unknown time period, not only with your family but a few interlopers as well. This is where author Todd Strasser takes his readers in Fallout. Intended for young readers (grades 5 to 8), Fallout takes place in a very small window of time during the 1960's, and imagines what might have happened if nuclear weapons had been engaged. The days just before and after the initial blast reflect the rising tension that even a bomb can not resolve -- there is tension in the country at large, but also within narrator Scott's circle of family and friends. Unfortunately, there are so many plot lines, it seems that none of them come to any kind of point in the end -- they just fizzle out. One reviewer (with whom I agree) was annoyed with Ronny, Scott's best friend -- he does not seem to be a very well-developed character, and did not ring true as someone that Scott would hang out with.Another point to consider was all of the "adult content" in the story. There is a scene where Scott is served several alcoholic drinks at a friend's house -- which, yes, is probably something that might happen in reality. Ronny himself is a bit obsessed with sex and naked women -- again, not probably unbelievable for this age range, but it just didn't add anything to the story except tawdriness. This book was so close to real excellence, but it got a little lost on the way for me. Still, readers will enjoy the story -- I only caution parents to be aware of the "adult" issues that arise throughout Fallout.

  • Michelle
    2019-01-23 01:07

    So I'm incredibly confused. Why are people labeling this as middle grade?! While Fallout is told from the perspective of an eleven year old, I really don't know if this is on the same level of some of the other clearly marked middle grade books. And this is definitely not dystopian. This is apocalyptic, an alternate history if the Cuban Missile Crisis had not been averted and hydrogen bombs had been deployed.The story begins with the kids being woken up and rushed to the family's bomb shelter. But they are the only house in the neighborhood with one and it wasn't exactly a well-kept secret so as the alarms blare, the neighbors try to force their way into the shelter. Told in alternating chapters, from the group slowly starving in the shelter and the events leading up to that event in the pre-bomb days, it is a riveting tale that keeps you engaged no matter how depressing it becomes.Because that's just it. It's not a happy read. It's a good read, an excellent one. It raises some important questions about war, about survival, and families. And while the ending is a little bit hopeful, it is not a happy read. It is a very adult book that young adults could enjoy.I really enjoyed how this wasn't even a post-apocalyptic novel. It takes place purely in the days leading up to and during the apocalypse. It was very refreshing to read this different kind of circumstance. The ending does not offer complete closure though it is was exactly the kind of ending I love, where things are a little open-ended but very poetic and poignant.And as a bonus, the author's note with his own personal connection to the story was a great final touch. It certainly makes you grateful that at least that era of mutually assured destruction has passed.

  • Heather Turiello
    2019-02-06 21:55

    Todd Strasser's Fallout almost reads like a short story. It starts with Scott and his family rushing to get down into their bomb shelter, as missile sirens sound. In this alternate history, the Cuban Missile Crisis leads to the bombing of the US. Scott's dad has stocked the shelter for the four of them for two weeks, but when the alarms sound, two uninvited neighbor families force their way into the shelter, too. The story spans only a couple weeks and focuses on the dynamics of these survivors with shortages of air, space, food, water and patience or tolerance of others. Strasser uses flashbacks to paint a picture of suburban life in the 60s, a time rife with racial discrimination and political tensions with the USSR. I struggled with the rating for two reasons. The story is well written and much like The Christmas Story or The Sandlot, the narrator is an 11-year-old boy dealing with all the things any boy of 11 would. The back story of conversations with Scott's teacher lays out the political situation while side stories of Scott and his friend, Ron getting in to trouble all add to the picture. I understand what Strasser was trying to do in a very small snapshot. I have to wonder if the story were to be read by a early teen, would the story be cohesive enough.I do recommend the book for parents who may want to read with their kids. Caution: there are scenes with nudity, bodily functions, Playboy and under-aged drinking. I think they were handled well, but some parents may want to read ahead rather than be surprised by discussions about centerfolds, breasts and homosexuality.

  • Brandy
    2019-01-19 20:09

    Everyone in the neighborhood made fun of Scott's dad when he started building the bomb shelter. Sure, everyone knows the threat of the Russians, but it would be mutually assured destruction--so while the Russians COULD destroy the US, they definitely WOULDN'T. Until the night they do. The October night when Scott's dad wakes him up and ushers the whole family into the bomb shelter--and then tries in vain to hold the door shut against the neighbors who are also trying to get in. The shelter was only stocked with enough food and supplies for two weeks for four people, but it suddenly needs to stretch to ten. With no clocks or watches, there's no sense of how long they've been down there, or how much longer they'll need to stay. Four kids and six adults, one of whom is nearly comatose from a head injury falling down the ladder into the shelter. In such close quarters, with little food and no privacy, tempers flare: fear, racism, despair, anger. I kept waiting for this to resolve in some kind of misunderstanding of the circumstances, some sort of Donnie Darko plane-crashed-into-the-house thing, but ... no. This is the real deal. This is claustrophobic and stuffy in a visceral way. Bad things have actually, legitimately happened. I'd love to see what happens next, what the aftermath is like for Scott and the others. But that's a different story, one we don't get here and can only imagine at.Will be passing this along to my middle-schoolers, possibly paired with SA Bodeen's The Compound.

  • PEI Public Library Service
    2019-01-24 00:58

    In Fallout, Todd Strasser re-imagines the Cuban Missile Crisis, an event he actually lived through as a child. In spite of the ridicule of his neighbours and the disapproval of his wife, Scott’s father builds a bomb shelter in his family’s backyard. However, when atomic bombs are dropped in the middle of night, those same neighbours force their way into the shelter with Scott’s family, endangering everyone’s survival by stressing crucial supplies of food, water, and air. Told from twelve-year-old Scott’s point of view, chapters describing a panicked arrival in the shelter, as well as the boredom and physical and emotional stresses that follow, alternate with chapters detailing the construction of the bomb shelter. Scott’s authentic voice is a constant reminder that this situation really could have happened, and readers won’t be able to relax until they know what’s going to happen to all ten of the shelter’s occupants. Yet despite this incredible tension, Strasser’s novel is not a story with a satisfying conclusion. In the end we don’t know if Scott’s mom is going to recover from her fall. We don’t know why the nuclear bombs were dropped, who dropped them, or what’s going to happen next. Without a doubt, Fallout inspires lots of questions about how history actually unfolded in October 1962, as well as the issues of morality surrounding disaster survival.Fallout is recommended for older children and adults alike.

  • Alicia
    2019-01-19 23:54

    A very different kind of story from Strasser, this one was very easy to get through, encouraging readers on with its short chapters and flowing storytelling. Scott narrates in alternating chapters between the recent past and the present in 1962 when the US was struggling with Communism around the globe and fearful of a nuclear attack.Scott's dad has built a bunker and an event scares them into the bunker with others, though no one was prepared for the stress they will be under until they decide to go back out and see whether an incident truly occurred. The stories themselves are fast-paced and almost a little hurried but you get a picture of life back then, between girls, motives, politics, and neighbor. There is some quirkiness as well with the injury to Scott's mother immediately after entering the bunker and the relationships between the individuals trapped down there. It reminded me at times of an Anne Frank-like situation where Scott is trying to be positive in the face of adversity. And of course, though the ending is known to older generations of readers, students might actually enjoy the bit of mystery but understanding the sense of doom that was scared in to everyone during that time.

  • Maddie
    2019-02-11 00:05

    Fallout, by Todd Strasser is about a young boy who lived in the time when the only thing anyone could think about, was “I could be dead tomorrow.” It was 1962, when the threat of a nuclear war was always hanging overhead. And the only one in the neighborhood who was prepared for the worst was Scott’s dad. Even though the neighbors thought it was pointless, Scott’s dad built a bomb shelter and stocked it with just enough supplies for his family. But when the time comes, and the bomb’s actually do drop, everyone rushes to the shelter even though it’s only meant for one family. This is an electrifying tale about how the families survive and the struggles they face. I think that this book was well written but I did not like how it was told. Some of the topics it covered, I felt were completely irrelevant, and I did not like the ending. The story was told through the eyes of Scott, who is a 13 year old boy. And being a girl, I didn’t like the way the author described some things. I would recommend this book to 7th - 9th grade BOYS. Because it doesn’t reach out to girls, and the way the story is told it neglects the girl’s side and opinion. Overall it was an well written book with a good plot but I felt that it was not meant for me.

  • Laura Phelps
    2019-01-19 02:56

    The year is 1962, the Cold War is at its peak, and the unthinkable happens. Scott’s dad is the only one in the neighborhood who built an underground bomb shelter. Alternating chapters explore the lead up to the bomb and life in the shelter for Scott, his family and several neighbors who forced their way in at the moment of crisis. I was absolutely riveted by the powerful bunker scenes - they convey humanity at its best and worst. I desperately wanted to know what was happening above ground and thus the ending was initially somewhat disappointing. Upon reflection, though, I found myself thinking that it ended absolutely perfectly - I simply want to know more about what happens next! Although it’s historical fiction, it reads like survival/dystopian fiction and I found it to be very powerful.

  • JayneDownes
    2019-02-07 01:17

    An interesting scenario, it is the Cuban missile crisis of 1962 but the nuclear missiles have been fired. We follow the events leading up to a family sheltering in their fallout shelter along with uninvited neighbors who forced their way in. These same neighbours were skeptical about the war ever happening and the need for the shelter. This story is based on real events- Todd Strasser was a child during these times and his father had actually built a bomb shelter like the one described in the story. There is great description about surviving on limited rations and the hardship of living in confined space of the shelter. A great portrayal of life in the USA during the 1960s. It is easy to read and would be a great book for students.

  • Melissapalmer404
    2019-02-12 00:00

    Book #116 Read in 2014Fallout by Todd Strasser (YA)This book takes the premise of a nuclear bomb being dropped in 1962; only Scott's family has built a bomb shelter. What happens when neighbors want to stay in it too? Will Scott's father, who took the threat seriously enough to build the shelter, have stocked in adequately in preparation? What happens when a group of adults and children are stuck in a bomb shelter for a few weeks in close quarters? This book reminded me a bit of Lord of the Flies set in a bomb shelter. It was a good, quick read. I think this book is more geared towards boys.http://melissasbookpicks.blogspot.com