Fallout / Ellen Hopkins.
Booklist Reviews 2010 July #1
Simply put: if you liked Crank (2004) and Glass (2007), this trilogy finale will not disappoint. Hopkins shifts the point of view from meth-user Kristina to her three teenage kids; it's a brilliant tactic that shows just how deeply others are affected by a single person's addiction. Before it's over, the three kids—Hunter, Autumn, and Summer—will experience anger, longing, loneliness, drugs, pregnancy, homelessness, and even, believe it or not, hope. Hopkins' free-verse stanzas are as engaging as always, though prose this observant and strong would be powerful even if arranged in standard paragraphs. An emotional, satisfying end (and a new beginning, in a way) to Kristina's story. Copyright 2010 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Spring
Three of Kristina Snow's children, Hunter, Autumn, and Summer--all raised in different families--alternate the narration in this novel told through Hopkins's trademark poems. Although each struggles against the legacy of Kristina's meth addiction, a sense of support as the siblings find each other provides hopeful opportunities. Somewhat less melodramatic than Crank and Glass, this third volume ties the trilogy up satisfactorily. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
PW Reviews 2010 August #3
The final installment of the trilogy that began with Crank and Glass examines the impact of Kristina's methamphetamine addiction on three of her children, now teens. Though not raised by their mother, they are still "dealing with the fallout of choices" she made, beginning in her own teenage years, as the narrative shifts among them. Hunter is quick to anger and experiments with substances, too; Autumn suffers from OCD and panic attacks because "things happened" when she was little; and Summer bounces around to different foster homes before running away with her boyfriend. Fans will recognize the author's trademark style: this is a gritty, gripping collection of free verse and concrete poems. Hopkins neatly creates news articles attributed to Associated Press, Variety, and other sources, clueing readers in to the fates of other characters from the first two books. In the end, readers will be drawn into the lives of each of these struggling teens as they deal with complicated home lives, first loves, and a mostly absent mother who "wants to love them," but is too damaged to do so. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.