Fallout (Crank Series #3)

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This gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crank trilogy features a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.

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, ...

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Overview

This gripping conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Crank trilogy features a refreshed look and a trade paperback trim size.

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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"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 narratives 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 reading 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." —Publishers Weekly

"Hopkins’ pithy poetry is the perfect vehicle to deliver the festering emotional beating that drug addiction inflicts on families. . . . Fallout is impossible to put down." - VOYA

Publishers Weekly
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.)
From the Publisher
"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 narratives 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 reading 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." —Publishers Weekly

"Hopkins’ pithy poetry is the perfect vehicle to deliver the festering emotional beating that drug addiction inflicts on families. . . . Fallout is impossible to put down." - VOYA

VOYA - Barbara Johnston
Hopkins uses free form verse and alternates the stories of three of Kristina Snow's teen-age offspring to show the effects of her meth addiction on their lives. Adopted by Kristina's mother, Hunter Haskins lives in Reno and does not know his father. With his angry outbursts, heavy drinking, and cheating, Hunter imperils his serious relationship with girlfriend Nikki. Seventeen-year-old Autumn Shepherd doesn't remember her mother and, with her father, Trey, in prison, she lives in San Antonio with his sister. Autumn suffers from panic attacks and obsessive-compulsion disorder (OCD), and uses alcohol to ease her pain. Summer Kenwood, now fifteen, has been "drop kicked around" placement homes and endured sexual abuse. When her father, Ron, gets picked up for drunken driving, Summer lands in foster care again but runs away with sexy meth-using Kyle. Circumstances throw all three together at Christmas. They confront, not only their mother, but the jarring reality of the choices they are making. Containing f-bombs and some sexual description, Hopkins' pithy poetry is the perfect vehicle to deliver the festering emotional beating that drug addiction inflicts on families. The experience is painful enough suffered vicariously and might jostle readers into examining their own decisions about drugs and alcohol. Unfortunately, many will find themselves in similar circumstances through no fault of their own. In the "Author's Note," Hopkins offers them understanding and direction for "breaking the cycle." A quick read considering its page length, Fallout is impossible to put down. Last in the trilogy (Crank, Glass), it is also a powerful stand-alone. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
Children's Literature - Janis Flint-Ferguson
This third novel in a trilogy about a meth-addicted mother and her offspring from five different fathers turns the reader's attention to her three eldest kids. Hunter Haskins grew up withmaternal grandparents and he has never met his father, an alcoholic. At nineteen he is a rising radio personality but with that comes groupies and parties. Exhibiting self-indulgent behavior, he smokes pot, drinks a lot, and cheats on his girlfriend. Savvy, streetwise Summer Kenwood spent her childhood bouncing around foster homes. She seems to have an attraction to "bad boys."Autumn Shepherd was raised, by her grandfather and single aunt. Her grandfather is seriously ill and Aunt Cora is getting married. Autumn knows about her mother's addiction, but is uses alcohol to cope with her situation. When she finds out that she has brothers and sisters, she takes off with her father to spend Christmas with a family she never knew she had. Language and situations are adult and graphic, but so is the power of hope that runs through their stories; and the message about the evils of meth comes through loud and clear. Readers root for Hunter, Summer, and Autumn as they struggle to conquer the addictive tendencies in their own lives. Hopkins delivers a well-crafted story in verse form for mature readers. Reviewer: Janis Flint-Ferguson
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Kristina, the meth-addicted antiheroine of Crank (2004) and Glass (2007), has five children by four different men. Fallout is about the lives of her three oldest children. Hunter lives with his grandmother in Nevada. He cheats on his girlfriend and smokes a lot of dope. Autumn lives with her sweet aunt and gruff granddad in Texas. She has OCD and knows little about her mother. Summer lives in a trailer in California with her father and a string of abusive/slutty/stupid girlfriends. She hates pretty much everyone. Hopkins's not-quite poetry is as solid as ever, though her use of visual formations gets more mystifying and extraneous with each novel. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that Glass is fresh in the minds of most readers. As such, the Venn diagram of Kristina's baby-daddies, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and drug buddies -is impossible to follow, and may frustrate even the most interested readers. So much deciphering cripples the pace of Fallout. The plot is choked with the perpetual damage of meth addiction—there's too much message and not enough action. Hopkins spreads the narration too thin between three unlikable narrators, and none is ever fully realized. The mood here is just as depressing and cautionary as Glass, and Hopkins's presentation is even more self-indulgent.—Johanna Lewis, New York Public Library
Kirkus Reviews

Crank (2004) and Glass (2007) readers will relish this look at Kristina's three oldest children, now teenagers, all conceived in the chaos of crystal-meth addiction. Hunter, 19, lives with Kristina's parents, who adopted him years ago; Autumn, 17, lives with an aunt, ignorant of any extended family; Summer, 15, bounces between her father's trailer and unsafe foster homes. Their legacy is not only drug addiction but also the underlying malaise—half unhappiness, half boredom—that set up Kristina for addiction years ago. Parched for connection and excitement, these teens turn to love and sex, and sometimes booze and drugs, because their lives offer no other interests (though a convergence at their grandparents' house offers a faint whiff of hope). The clipped free verse sharply conveys fragmented and dissociated emotions. Autumn and Summer are completely believable characters, Hunter less so. This loosely reality-based conclusion (Hopkins's daughter is the real "Kristina," but her actual kids are much younger) will heartily satisfy series fans despite gratuitous emphasis on the bestseller-driven fame of the author's fictionalized alter ego. (author's note) (Fiction. YA)


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781442471801
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Series: Crank Series
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 663
  • Sales rank: 40,025
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crank, Burned, Impulse, Glass, Identical, Tricks, Fallout, Perfect, Tilt, and Smoke, as well as the adult novels Triangles and Collateral. She lives with her family in Carson City, Nevada, where she has founded Ventana Sierra, a nonprofit youth housing and resource initiative. Visit her at EllenHopkins.com and on Facebook, and follow her on Twitter at @EllenHopkinsYA. For more information on Ventana Sierra, go to VentanaSierra.org.

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Read an Excerpt

We Hear

That life was good

before she

met

the monster,

but those page flips

went down before

our collective

cognition. Kristina

wrote

that chapter of her

history before we

were even whispers

in her womb.

The monster shaped

our

lives, without our ever

touching it. Read on

if you dare. This

memoir

isn’t pretty.

© 2010 Ellen Hopkins

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  • Posted September 13, 2010

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    I don't know how to put into words what I feel about these books. They are so powerful that I know I just can't do this review the justice it deserves. I stay so emotionally wrecked while reading these books that it takes me a couple days to recover. Fallout was no exception. It had me laughing, crying, and shaking with anger in the span of only a few pages.

    In CRANK and GLASS we go through teenage Kristina's dance with "the monster", meth. We see her spiral deeper and deeper into addiction. When reading these two books from Kristina's point of view you just can't help but feel sorry for her, feel like it's not all her fault. But, while reading Fallout, which is from the point of view of her 3 teenagers, we see the fallout of Kristina's addiction of a completely different point of view. I found myself hating that same girl that I once felt sorry for. How dare she keep doing the things she's doing when she has these wonderful children that she should be living her life for?

    We learn that her amazing mother has been through so much for her and that she could have gotten help, if she would have just reached out and accepted when it was offered to her time and time again. I don't know how anyone could read these books and even consider trying drugs afterward. Once you see how one person's addiction can spiral out of control and affect so many peoples lives.

    These books should be required reading in every high school across the country in my opinion! Don't ban it, celebrate it! I suggest all of my readers who haven't read this series yet run out and buy it right now!!! What are you waiting for?

    17 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2011

    ehhh, not as good as crank or glass.

    the book was good and i read it all in a day, but i hated how it just left you wondering what happened to everyone. the boyfriend in the hospital, the pregnant autumn i just hate it when books leave you wondering what's gonna happen and then never have another book about it. since this is the final chapter, you'll never know.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2011

    truly amazzing

    a good book.the series speaks out about how drugs ( or the monster) can effect your life,but not just yours. drugs will effect others if they cant find the courage and hope to break the cycle. thought you can do it once?think again!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2012

    Different point of view but still a decent end to the trilogy!

    When I first started reading this, I had to stop and double check that I didnt skip a few books. Was confused that Kristina's children were telling their side of the story and how their lives were affected by her and her addiction. I felt that Kristina's side of the story wasnt finished. There couldve been a few more books from her view.

    It was hard to keep up with which kid belongs to who so I kept mixing up the characters but I ended up catching on after a bit. I liked each one of the kids in their own way. Each of them had their own issues. Bugged me how issues were brought up and then that was it...nothing more about it.

    I was expecting more of an ending and it seemed like it just ended too fast. There was too much unfinished business and unresolved conflicts with Kristina and her kids. Wouldve been a better ending if there was more of a meaningful resolution.

    I still read this book fairly quickly but not as quick as the first two books. I am a bigger fan of the first two books for sure but the third is still decent in its own way.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 24, 2012

    Fallout

    Perfect way to end this trilogy: writing a book in Kristina's childrens point of view(: (Ellen Hopkins you ROCK!!!)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2011

    FALLOUT

    this book is amazing it teaches u things that i never thought was possible

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 5, 2010

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    Amazing conclusion to a trilogy

    Reviewed for Monster Librarian as part of Banned Books Week

    With Fallout, the third book in the series that started with Crank centered on Kristina, a meth addict, Hopkins moves on to show the effect Kristina's selfish and yet victimous ways have had on her children. Fallout is told through three narrators: Hunter, Kristina's first child, born of a rape and trying to deal with rage; Autumn, who struggles with OCD and turns to alcohol to get her through a major life change; and Summer, who doesn't know about any of her siblings, and has been raised by a series of abusive foster homes and her own addict father. It focuses on the effect Kristina still has on those around her, and covers a wide spectrum of emotional and psychological problems.
    Fallout is raw, as can be expected from Hopkins, sharp and yet beautiful as well. Hopkins manages to bring new sympathy to the subject, even to the characters readers already know about have have started to hate. While the full scope of the story would be missed if readers started here this is the book of the series that most calls to the loved one of friend struggling to support (or justify not supporting) an addict. Highly recommended.
    Contains: drug use, sex, language

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2013

    i picked up crank from my school library... after reading 13 rea

    i picked up crank from my school library... after reading 13 reasons why by jay asher. reading crank,
     i wasnt used to how it was written in verses but ellen hopkins really made it interesting.
    when i finished reading crank and glass, the book weirdly made me think about this girl in my school
    who is a meth user... she isnt an addict but she plays with other drugs.she like the real  kristina/bree
    it is a sad thing.... i try to help her but she doesnt let me. im reading the fall out now which is about her 3 older kids, its very interesting so far to see how this kids lives are due to their mother and fathers mistakes. i really like summer view on the situation. ellen hopkins with these books really touched me and i hope her daughter is recovering well. addiction is a hard thing to get rid of. i have a addiciton to self harm.. and i hope to recover.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2011

    very good, I read it in about 2 days, I could not put it down!

    very good, I read it in about 2 days, I could not put it down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2014

    Good ending.

    Fallout was a good way to end the series although it had ended to fast, there was a lot of unfinished problems i would have liked to know how they came along or were resolved. Good way to end the series with a kids point of view altough i had gotten the two girls mixed up a lot! Plus i never even heard of their exsistence in glass so having these girls added to hunter plus two little boys whos veiws were never shown was a bit of a shock i feel like their should have been another book in between glass and fallout so hopefully some sense was made. Ellen hopkins is an amazing writer and really captures the esesence of the young rebels downfall. Yes i know she writes with vulgar and sexual content but i am 14 and can b mature about it, i mean its a part of life if you do not like the way she writes then dont read it all.

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  • Posted January 9, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    A series to read once. I don't know, verse novels aren't my kind

    A series to read once. I don't know, verse novels aren't my kinds of reads. Some maybe but there are others I thought were okay. This one again, wow. The writing in verse was interesting. Would I read these again? Maybe. No, well maybe. Anyway, read the series if its your kind of read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 8, 2013

    Amazing

    This entire series is incredible, and really shows what meth can do to not only a person, but a whole family.

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    Posted September 27, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    This book is genius!

    I recommend you read the first 2 books obviously! But this book is incredible, one that I think everyone should read! Not just this book but the whole series. Just a wonderful, heart throbbing, beautifully twisted book. Pick it up and read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2013

    ...

    I think this was a good way to end the books. I loves them all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Azerix to fallout players

    Hello! My names Azerix. I have played New Vegas and Fallout 3 so please dont as me about 3 or the origional.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2013

    Love it

    I like all of them alot

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  • Posted January 31, 2013

    Wonderful Conclusion to a Wonderful Series!

    Fallout by Ellen Hopkins was the third installment of the Crank Series. This was the story of all of Kristina's children (she happened to have five of them), and how they are coping with their lives in many different situations. Throughout all of these children's misadventures, they somehow find a way to make it all together, and meet their mother. And what Kristina says to her children at the end will surprise everyone. Hopkins writes this novel in a way that makes all of the other books in this series spin together and everything ends with one clear ending that ties up all loose ends, and leaves the reader, with, with a feeling of hope. I look forward to reading anything written by this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2013

    Amazing!!

    I read the whole series. <3 So sad its done with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Fallout

    I reccomend this book to all lovers of Ellen Hopkins but DONT READ IF YOU HAVENT READ THE OTHER TO BOOKS!

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