‘The Fallout’ Review

Title: The Fallout

Author: SA Bodeen

Genre: Dystopian, YA Fiction, Realistic, Romance

 

Premise: This book picks up after the first book. Eli and his family are officially out of the Compound. And they have to survive their life outside of the Compound. Eli and Eddy are now the heirs of YK. And they have to choose how to live their lives.

 

Plot: The plot is interesting. There are enough action scenes. Mmm. The action scenes. Eli seems like one of those guys who’ll end up a boxer. Or someone in a prison for punching someone. Meh.

The entrance of Tony is surprising. When you discover who he is, you feel…betrayed.

Eli and the outings… These are slices of typical life stuck into the Yanakakis family. Typical life for them isn’t what typical life is for everyone else. They go to Costco and the aquarium.

There are family problems. Lexie wanted to find her birth parents. Eli and Eddy clashing. Eddy wanted to be free but not getting that freedom. Reese’s M&M stash. These are odd problems, but they are family problems. This book stresses family problems.

Then. We get to the night out where Tony and Eli romp about. They have fun. For a bit, I thought Eddy might have done weird…stuff with Tony, but that was quickly put down. Things about Tony are fishy, but everyone seems smitten with him. Lexie. Eli. Eddy. Eli is a wild card in this case, though. He…can’t exactly be placed.

Then. The island. I feel like buying an island just for these things is just a bit wrong. You spend all your money on that? Really? And YK is technology! Where did they get bait to go into the progeria cure? How did Rex know about it anyways? Gah…

There is more action on the island. You feel as if…Rex is just a man who wants his family.

And Eli doesn’t think Rex deserves that. I guess I would. Rex kept his family underground for years. They were duped and tricked. They were lied to. And Eli seems to be quite smart. He figures things out. Both on the island and in the Compound.

And rah-rah-rah Eli gets the girl. Again. Insta-love. What is up with insta-love? I don’t get it! What’s the appeal?

 

Character Development:

Eddy. Eddy. Well. He’s a bit…distant at first. He’s a likeable character. Eli paints him that way at least. Eddy is someone I don’t like. He’s annoying. He is someone who tries not to be like his twin. I don’t particularly like twin characters to begin with. Eddy acts like he knows better than anyone. He does change. He learns about the yellow room. He learns and changes. He becomes chummier with Eli. He acts like Eli and him…were separated but found each other. And I still don’t like Eddy.

Eli. Eli is the smart one. He’s wise. Extremely so. He acts distant. He wants to be  close to his family. And he is. He’s only distant with Eddy. Eli is the person who people turn to. In ‘The Compound’, he was more reclusive, but he grows into the role of big brother and little brother. He acts how he is to get accustomed to being with Lucas and Cara and Eddy. Eli is the one who cracks the code. While he can be jealous, he can also be a kind and understanding character.

Lexie. Lexie was…depressed at first. She ends up being a stronger character. She yearns to know her true parents. And she is shocked because of what she finds. She brings up that she’s a monster because her mother is a monster. A murderer. An inmate. And this brings up the question: what defines someone as a monster? Lexie changes, though. She destroys the thought of being a monster. She becomes…happier. And I like that. Lexie is an interesting character. Tic Tacs. Tic Tacs.

 

Problems: This book is a bit…hard to place. I can’t say much is bad really. The action is nice. The plot is well-paced. The problem is the…PDL project. Why is the company dipping into that? I don’t know… Why? Why! I understand the lure of de-aging. Why did Rex notice that? Doesn’t he have many pleas for funds? That is a problem. Seriously.

Another problem is the insta-love. Verity wasn’t a big player. Eli didn’t have his date! She is a useless player. He cared for the progeria cure to begin with. She was not needed. Yes, she’s a girl who isn’t a family member, but that doesn’t mean anything! Do all teen boys have girlfriends? No. Not everyone needs that! Not everyone dates!

We get to the bombs. What’s up with Rex Yanakakis and  bombs? Why does he so conveniently place bombs everywhere? That’s too much of a coincidence. This book has coincidences, but this is just one step too far. That’s poor planning on Rex’s part. Seriously.

The island part is nice. It’s refreshing, but it seems like Lexi and Eddy are too quick to accept it. I understand Eddy, but Lexie should have been a bit more suspicious. She was in the Compound! Why was she blinded by her father’s words? Wouldn’t she be a bit turned off?

 

Good points: The good points. The topic of family and questioning if you’re a monster is something I appreciate. I do like that. I like how Lexie is. She’s real. She’s someone people can relate to. Not me, of course. I’m not adopted, but I do wonder if I’m a monster. It’s interesting. We have the part where family is important. Family is important. Blood before water, right? Family is something you have. Whether or accept it or not is important.

The plot was well-paced. The characters are interesting. Eli has an interesting back story. The characters have problems. The problems that this family gets are unusual. They’re rich. But that doesn’t make them snooty. Which is nice…

 

Score: 7/10

Recommended: If you liked the first book. If you like action and dystopian.

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