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The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
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Nov 10, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: slis-5425

I don’t like horror stories. If you don’t like them either, then you might want to stay away from this book. Because while it is very well-written – it’s also extremely scary. Scary not because of monsters or aliens or natural disasters, but scary because the type of human depravity seen in Eli’s father does exist in the world today. Rex Yanakakis just had the money and power to make it happen on a much grander scale.
Trapped in an underground bunker for 9 more out of 15 years total, Eli has been closing himself off from the little bit of the world around him – until he finds out that nothing is as it seems. The nuclear fallout shelter that was supposed to save their family in case of attack is now the prison where they are kept by a madman that used to be their father and husband.
Because there was no nuclear attack. It’s all just Rex, who is possibly crazy, probably sociopathic, and definitely trouble. Beyond the hints of a soylent-green future in the Compound are even more depraved survival techniques, none of which are actually needed because the world is *fine*.
And the ending? Well, on one hand, most people will be happy with it – unless they are completly chilled by the possibilities. I’m still shivering.

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