Friday, May 23, 2014

Fallout by Todd Strasser

In the early 1960's the threat of nuclear attack feels very real so Scott's family builds a fallout shelter. Although his father tries to keep the project secret, the whole neighborhood knows what they are doing.  When the bomb is actually dropped neighbors come running and several force themselves into the shelter.  Now a shelter that was meant to hold four people has many more and it's questionable whether there will be enough supplies to keep all of them alive.  And even if they all make it, what will they find when they can finally return to the surface?  In the author's note at the end Strasser writes about the stress of the time and his family's bomb shelter.  He completely captures the sense of what it would've been like if the Cuban missile crisis hadn't been averted.