What is the resolution to The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen?

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The Fallout by Bodeen, is a frightening science fiction story in which the Yanakakis family are held captive by the father, Rex Yanakakis, in a compound under the false premise that the family was escaping a nuclear war attack. However, the truth is that Rex was holding his family captive as part of a cruel social experiment. Rex became guilty of conducting other horrific scientific experiences, such as further developing a gene gun to change genetic information. The gun had been used on Phil to "de-age" him. Further scientific experiments had been conducted to turn adults partially into infants. At the end of the novel, Eli is prepared to blow up the entire laboratory on the island. His father tries to grab the detonator. During the struggle, Eli also grabs the gene gun for protection. As the struggle continues, Eli pulls the trigger on the gene gun and de-ages his father. Hence, one point of resolution in the book is that Eli's father pays for his experiments by suffering in the same way as his victims. A second point of resolution is that the lab is indeed blown up, while Tony, Eddie, Lexie, and Eli escape on a jet plane, after a harrowing experience in which Eli almost doesn't make it safely into the jet along with the others. Lexie especially contributes to the book's resolution by developing the theme concerning the feeling of being ostracized from society or feeling that you are so different that you are a monster by rejecting the idea that the family are monsters, as we see in one of her last and most important lines, "Monsters ... Neither one of us are monsters" (319). As a final resolution, Eli reconciles with Verity, confessing that his real name is Eli Yanakakis, a name that would align him with his father and the compound experiment. They kiss and arrange for a date, giving the novel a happy ending and a resolution in which Eli is fully matriculated back into society.

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