Full Body Burden by Kristen Iverson

I had to read this book for my college literature class. It also happens to be the book-in-common at my school this year. You can check out the book here.

Rating: [3/5]

Summary: Full Body Burden is part autobiography, part investigative journalism. It follows the life of Kristen Iverson as she grows up in Colorado, just outside of the Rocky Flats plutonium factory. This plant makes the plutonium “plugs” used to start the nuclear reaction in atomic bombs. The story follows Kristen growing up in a dysfunctional family, becoming a writer, and eventually working at Rocky Flats herself. The story also follows many other people who either lived in her neighborhood and were affected by Rocky Flats, or people who worked at the plant or worked on getting it shut down.

Likes: I really liked how seamlessly she tied in the theme of silence and secrecy. Silence not only occurs within a cellular family, but within governments as well. I also enjoyed reading about Kristen’s life and childhood.  A lot of the information about Rocky Flats was interesting as well, albeit horrifying.

Dislikes: I didn’t like how information-heavy some parts of the book were. It got bogged down in names and dates and acronyms. It was difficult to keep track of all of it sometimes.

TL;DR: This book was a good read, although it was kind of terrifying at how much the government actually keeps from its citizens. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in memoirs, politics, or conspiracies.

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