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The Compound (The Compound #1)

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Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they've become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.

For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day.

As problems with
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Hardcover, 248 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Feiwel and Friends
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Katie Kauffman I actually liked it! I've always been in to apocalypse novels, and while this one wasn't exactly that kind of book, I still enjoyed the plot twist and…moreI actually liked it! I've always been in to apocalypse novels, and while this one wasn't exactly that kind of book, I still enjoyed the plot twist and wondering what would happen next. (less)

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Danielle
Holy BALLS batman.

25 stars!!!

This just MIGHT be the best book I have ever read. At lest the best book i have read in 5 years, beating out "The Hunger Games" i'm not even lying here.

This book kept me enthralled to the point i lost all track of time, time did not exist for me for a few hours. I read this one straight from page 1 - 245, non-stop. The storyline was interesting and the author did such a good job of pacing in this book! The book is quite a quick read with being less than 300 pages,
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Lynn
A very slow start and a whiny unappealling character made this a difficult read for me. Eli changes a bit too abruptly to a caring individual and the entire premise was a stretch. A reader who hangs on through the first 2/3 of the book will eventually be caught up in the tension and want to see if the family survives.
Kristi
Eli has lived in the Compound for six years now. His billionaire/genius father built the Compound as a safe haven for his family in the event of a nuclear war. The old world, the family likes to refer to, no longer exists. And neither do Eli’s twin brother, Eddy, and his grandmother, which is Eli’s fault. After six years the food is depleting rapidly and so is the family’s demeanor. Eli’s father sporadic behavior and secrets are also becoming a concern. Eli begins to discover things that simply ...more
Rebecca
The Compound is such an amazing book. I really love books about people hiding out or being trapped within places like towers etc. When I began to read The Compound I thought it would resemble The Host by Stephenie Meyer only, without the aliens. But nope, The Compound is nothing like The Host.

I loved the descriptions of The Compound. S.A. Bodeen described scenes so well. It was almost like I was in The Compound with Eli and his family.

Another thing I loved about The Compound is that it is highly
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Lyndsey
Almost every single paragraph in this book seemed to introduce some strange new intriguing information. It was somewhat predictable but also felt like anything could happened, especially when it came to the father in the story. It really seemed like he was capable of unspeakable horrors.

The story was very original. It actually made me think of the underground vaults in the game Fallout. And there is a scene in the book with a hatch and someone banging on it and yelling Nooooo. That made me laugh
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Nicole
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Monica Edinger
Neat premise and a fun read. Literally a page-turner!
J.Elle
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Laurie
Jun 08, 2008 Laurie added it
Recommended to Laurie by: allforkids
Shelves: wmslibrary
All for Kids said, "What a book! I was swept along by this story of a wealthy family who must spend the next 15 years in a bunker to escape a nuclear war, a war no one knew was coming. The grandmother and one of the twins are left outside, there is no contact with the world, and the family thinks their dad is going crazy. Kind of creepy but if you like survival stories, you’ll like this. Available May 2008, ages 12 and up."

Interesting and quite creepy, so some kids will like it. I was annoyed by
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Kris Irvin
This book makes me a little happy. Why? Because it gives me hope that someday, even I will be able to call myself a published writer.

But mostly, this book just makes me sad. I can sum it up in two words: squandered. potential.

I assume the author wrote this during National Novel Writing Month, because it reads like a 2nd or 3rd NaNoWriMo draft. The first 5 chapters are decent - gripping, even. I started getting anxious about the time Eli ventures into Eddy's room and retrieves a certain electro
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Arminzerella
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Liz
This is a rather interesting take on the post-apocalyptic novel. Eli has lived in an underground compound for six years with his family. His very wealthy father built the compound in case of a nuclear attack. Six years ago on a camping trip their worst nightmare happened and the whole family was hustled in, save for Eli's twin, Eddy, and their Gram who had gone to get medication for an allergy attack that Eddy was suffering. The compound is well stocked for almost any eventuality; tons of food, ...more
05erikk
The way that Eli was portrayed in the story really drew me in. He went from being an innocent child to a lonely teen afraid of socializing with his own family. He didn’t even want to be touched by another person. It made me feel sympathetic and made me get involved at many points throughout the book. The worst part of the book, and this is really picky, is that there was no direct lead in to a sequel. I would really love it if the author wrote a sequel just because I loved it that much. I know i ...more
Karin
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 e
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Garrod Larson
Have your parents ever made you do something you didn't want to do? If yes, Eli the main character in my book, can easily relate. The Compound by S.A. Bodeen is a Thriller/Action book that is hard to put down. It has intense and vivid detail and is set in the future.
Now, back to my earlier asked question. Have your parents ever made you do something you didn't want to do? In this story the book revolves around a 9 year old boy named Eli who has been locked into a compound with his family for 6
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Jillian
Jun 27, 2011 Jillian rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Shelves: best-of-best
Exciting, mind-bending, unexpected, amazing, twists and turns, and intense are just a few of the words that I would use to describe The Compound. This book was amazing, it kept me thinking and I never knew what was going to happen next!! This book earned a spot on my Best-Of-Best shelf and I definately recommend this to anyone and everyone.
Kim
Well this book is indeed VERY STRANGE. Still trying to wrapping my brain around it.
Camille
meh
Kandise
My spider senses were tingling from the beginning, that sensation that I knew too well (oh you know, occupational hazard and all) began when Eli's father looked at him, void of emotion, after he learned that his other son didn't make it to the compound in time and says "Well at least I have one of you" While the rest of the family is wiping snot an tears from their faces. WHAT?!

So Eli and his family have concealed themselves in an underground mansion with all of the luxuries of living at home a
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Elizabeth K.
I can't decide if this is brilliant, or what. YA novel about a family that flees to an underground bunker after a nuclear attack. The book opens with 15 year old Eli reflecting back on how they got there, and remembering his twin brother, who didn't make it in before the door was sealed. It's a little bit like On the Beach meets Flowers in the Attic. It' has insanity, deceit, dwindling supplies, and a weird salacious vibe that is even creepier because it's never addressed directly in the text. T ...more
Nancy
The country suffers a nuclear attack when Eli and his family are on a camping trip. Fortunately, they have been prepared for this, and their father leads them to a huge, well-constructed, and well-stocked bunker where they can survive for at least fifteen years--the soonest he considers safe for the family to leave. Unfortunately, Eli's twin, Eddy, their grandmother, and their dog, Cocoa, don't make it in time.

The story starts in the sixth year of their confinement, and things have been going wr
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Sam
May 26, 2010 Sam rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
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Wyatt Packard
The Compound by S.A. Bodeen is a nice dose of originality in the often cluttered genre of YA fiction. Eli has been in the compound for six years and in that time has learned to hate it, and himself. When they entered the compound, believing there was a nuclear war, Eli was separated from his twin brother. After years in the compound Eli hates himself for Eddy being left outside and believes that Eddy, along with the rest of the world, were destroyed. Eli and his sisters cope with their entrapmen ...more
Michael Taylor
Dare I say it? This book is great for anyone who is interested in going nowhere fast. I didn't dislike the book, I just felt it dragged.

The reader moves through the story seeing everything through a young boy's eyes. He feels he's lost things that are precious to him. He sees his parent as crazy. Hmmm, original? Ok, it's realistic and easy to identify with, readers will like that about the book.

I can't say too much without giving the story away, all I can say is that the title is accurate.

S.A.
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Steven
This book was an amazingly well-written first novel, and SA Bodeen is now my fav author. It had so much suspense, and you could never predict what would happen next.
It all starts as Eddy and Eli's family are on vacation. Their dad, an eccentric billionare, fakes a nuclear attack, and they become sealed and trapped in an underground "Compound". They have everything down below, but soon they develop "Cabin Fever". They begin to run out of food, and begin to turn schizophrenic. Eli then discovers
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Steph Su
THE COMPOUND is an interesting but not life-changing “action” read. Bodeen’s descriptions of the extent of the compound is fantastic and almost makes you okay with the idea of living in one place for 15 years…until she begins to describe the personality alterations inflicted on the family members from all those years of confinement. So the world-building is fantastic, but Eli is a bit difficult to get behind as a protagonist. He is admittedly selfish, sullen, and a giant pain in the you-know-wha ...more
Christina
This is a creepy, tense thriller, that starts out slow and builds to a very exciting conclusion. 15 year old Eli has been living with his mother, father and 2 sisters for the past 6 years in an underground bunker, a huge compound with multiple rooms, fully equipped with amenities and a decade's worth of food and supplies. His billionaire father had the compound built in case of nuclear war, and when suddenly one scary night it happened, Eli and his family were hustled into it. Sadly, his grandmo ...more
Maxwell
This book, the compound, is the first book of the compound series and a incredible survival story created by author S.A Bodeen. The book follows a young boy named Eli, a teen still struggling with his living reality and family, as one of the few survivors of a nuclear attack 6 years ago. His snappy teenage sister, her nicer but also doubting young sister, and his concerned mom are also important survivors. Living in a giant underground shelter, the compound, sometimes seems more like a punishmen ...more
Eli Irvin
This has had to be one of the best books I have read in a long time. S.A. Bodeen had brought in a tidal wave of mystery and emotion toward the whole family since the very beginning. Six years Eli had been stuck three stories down inside the compound thinking it was all over, that a nuclear war had turned America to an unforgiving waist land of radiation and death. He had no doubt his twin brother and only friend was dead after being accidentally locked out. This fact more than any was the one th ...more
Nathan
The compound is a book about a rich father who wants to protect his wife and kids from a 'nuclear disaster'. The main character is Eli and his Twin brother is Eddie. He has two sisters, Terese and Lexi. For all they know, Eddie and their grandmother have been killed in the nuclear attack. They have been in the compound for six years and are starting to run out of food. When Eli’s is suspicious when he sees a note under a CD case, He starts to question his father. He later found his brother’s lap ...more
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Also writes as Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen.

Stephanie is the award-winning author of the Elizabeti's Doll series of picture books, as well as several others. Her young adult novels include the award-winning The Compound and The Raft, and her next YA The Detour releases October 2015. The first two volumes of her middle grade series, Shipwreck Island and Lost, are available now.
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