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The Compound [Paperback]

S. A. Bodeen
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  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312578601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312578602
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 547,262 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intreguing and Brilliant 22 Aug 2011
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This book was absolutely great. I really enjoyed reading it and didn't want to put the book down. Each chapter revealed a new secret, and you would discover that The Compound isn't exactly what it seems. You feel as if you are part of the book and that the chracters are talking to you. All of the twists and turns that the father has caused keeps you entertained, especially when you find out that what the father is doing to keep his family safe - in fact it isn't.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too 12 Aug 2009
By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER
Eli has been living with his parents in The Compound for six years. The Compound is an elaborate nuclear bomb shelter his father spent an enormous amount of money to build in order to keep his family safe from nuclear fallout. The plan is to stay underground for fifteen years until the radiation danger has passed.

Eli has had the hardest time adjusting to life in The Compound. In his six years there he has steadily distanced himself from everyone in the family. He maintains a strict schedule of exercise, studying, chores, and reading.

His loneliness comes from the fact that not everyone made it to The Compound. During the nuclear attack that led his family there, Eddy, his identical twin, was accidentally left behind. Eddy snuck away with their Grandma without his parents knowing when their father chose to take the family underground. Their father had already locked the door when he realized Eddy and Grandma didn't make it.

The locks were set for fifteen years and there wasn't any way to go back for them. Eli feels a hole in his life that no one or nothing can fill.

Eli starts to take a hard look at what is going on in The Compound - and he doesn't have a good feeling. Food is running low, supplies are being depleted, and his father's behavior is changing. Eli suspects there is more going on than his father leads them to believe.

Shocking surprises are about to be uncovered. Secrets never meant to be revealed are exposed. Eli is left with the job of saving his family. He will have to break the shell he has created around himself and build connections with the people he has tried to keep away in order to find the truth and survive.

THE COMPOUND will remind you of the movie Blast from the Past, just without all the quirky, fun-loving humor.

Reviewed by: Karin Librarian
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4.0 out of 5 stars Too many spoilers 29 Dec 2013
This book appears to be aimed at the Young Adult market, based on the style of the writing and the central character being a teenage boy. The boy is part of a very rich family and his father is slightly obsessed with nuclear war. The father has used his wealth to build a huge luxury bunker and the family happen to be camping nearby when he receives warning of an attack. The family close the shelter's doors with the intention of not opening them for 15 years, and then realise that the main character's twin brother and his grandmother have accidently been left behind.

The bulk of the story takes place years later, after the family has become used to living in the bunker. Things don't quite feel right to the children and there is more going on than first appeared. This is all fine, and there is a feeling of tension as things progress, but a lot of the story is given away by the blurb on the back of the book, and even the strap line at the bottom of the front cover. If I didn't see what was coming I would have enjoyed the book a lot more.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good idea but not so well done 17 Mar 2013
The books is about an ultra rich family in a huge nuclear bunker complex after a nuclear war. Some members of the family didn't make it in there and 6 years after the door was shut some of the family still miss them dreadfully, particularly a twin missing his brother. The post apocalyptic story soon morphs into something more and there are plenty of other elements here, family tension, supply problems, cloning and more.
The story in the bunker compound is good and pretty promising but the book felt fairly short and I found I finished it very fast and I was left not particularly impressed. It is a good idea that flies by and is over very quickly. It's worth a read but I give it a 3 rating.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie Secrets 28 Jan 2010
By P. Brown - Published on
I absolutely was amazed by this book. Being a librarian that's obsessed with books, I couldn't help picking this book up in the store. The cover alone got me hooked. It was well paced and packed with amazing things. The story revolving around Eli. His family is dysfunctional, living in a compound under the ground after the world went kaboom.

When the story starts out he's pretty self absorbed, but as the plot starts to thicken he isn't so absorbed and starts to wonder about a few things that are going on. One of which is their food supply is starting to run low. His mother is pregnant, his sister isn't as much of a pain as he thinks, and his father is a complete... nutcase?!

This story was so intriguing that I found myself reading till all hours of the night. I loved it! It was an exceptional story about possibilities that sometimes we ignore. I hope to add this to our library collection.

I can't wait till her next book comes out... The Gardener...
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Premise, Less Than Great Execution 27 April 2010
By Warnie - Published on
I thought the premise for this book was FANTASTIC--such a creepy, fascinating idea for a story! Sadly, the book itself didn't make anywhere near as big an impression on me as the idea of it did. I felt like things moved along a little too quickly to feel realistic, and the characters were inconsistent and...just not quite believable. Several plot points were sloppy and didn't really make sense. And it seemed like every conflict or hurdle was overcome way too easily. It had the potential to be super dark, super suspenseful, utterly riveting, but in the end it just kind of falls flat. Maybe if it was twice as long and everything was fleshed out much more than it is?

Still an entertaining read, just...disappointing, because it could have been SO much better. :(
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick read, amazing book. 12 Oct 2009
By CaterpillarGirl - Published on
The Compound is a short book by my standards, only 272 pages, but it packs a whole lot of punch. I love post apocalyptic fiction, stories of survival, for some reason they give me hope that I myself could endure such an event.

This is a story of a family, nine year old Eli , his two sisters and his parents barely make it into the familys compound before a nuclear war decimates the earth. Elis twin brother and grandmother are left outside due to circumstances and the severing of those ties is devestating. Elis father has thought of everything, the compound is fully stocked, and has all the comforts of home, but things go wrong one after the other and the family has to take drastic measures to ensure their survival (one of which is just shocking!) Soon Eli's hunches about their situation are confirmed and the book quickly shifts into overdrive.

This is young adult fiction that is inspired by the twilight zone, and even has some horror movie undertones, its a fast read that is well thought out and intriguing even to adult readers.
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Glad I read it :) 27 Dec 2008
By J. Terry - Published on
The way I judge if a book is good or not is whether or not I can tolerate putting it down for more than half an hour. When I started reading this book, I didn't like putting it down, and it went with me everywhere I went. I had a guess of how the ending would turn out, but that just made me want to read it more to see if I was right or not. I found myself ranting at my friends every time there was a plot twist. I loved this book :)
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Character-driven Apocalyptic Suspense 29 May 2008
By R. Pierson - Published on
This is a cool, eerie story for teens that parents (like me) can't help but pick up, glance through - and then have to finish. My 7th grade son and 8th grade daughter are avid readers, including many classics and best-sellers, and they each got pretty into it. Well-written, with original and multi-faceted characters - it comes alive in your mind and carries you along like a good movie. Intense action, but with jolts of equally palpable tenderness (raw and real, not sappy). The ultimate sign of a winner: My son was restless after finishing it...sad/crabby that he was done with The Compound and not in the mood for reading anything else.
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