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The Fallout (The Compound #2)

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  1,352 ratings  ·  231 reviews
In this long-awaited sequel to The Compound, Eli and his family can run but they can't hide.

After barely escaping from the compound where Eli’s dad kept his family for six years, they’re learning to acclimate to “normal” life—whatever that is for them. It seems like the entire world wants to know what happened to this high profile family.

Slowly they begin to make their way
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Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Feiwel & Friends
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Melanie
This was a bit disappointing. I was interested in reading more about the characters in the first book and see how they are adjusting to their new life and the emotional and mental abuse they faced for all those years. I felt like their interaction and reactions felt real, though maybe not as developed as they could have been.

However, this book took a bit of a turn into the sci-fi realm. The first book was all about being stuck in the Compound and them trying to get out--a pretty standard thrill
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Suzanne
Full disclosure: I didn't read The Compound (The Compound, #1) by S.A. Bodeen, but it sounds like a nice quick pick for readers that don't ask a lot of pesky questions. I checked out a copy to have with me while reading this one, but after skimming a few summaries and reviews--and really, I think I might have read the first 50 pages or so of the first book 2-3 years ago, but didn't care to finish--I was fine to plunge ahead and see what the author was trying to do here. Ultimately, I'm not sure what she was going for. It's been longer than ...more
Cheryl
Eli and his family have escaped their underground prision. Now they have to adjust to life back above ground. Only they people think they are freaks. Also there is the issue of who runs the company that Eli's father was in charge of prior to his death. Currently it is run by Phil who was Eli's father's right hand man. He is evil like Eli's father. Eli and his twin brother are suppose to run the company but Phil will not give up control. In addition, as Eli adjusts to his new life, he discovers t ...more
Wyatt Packard
I was intrigued when I heard the sequel to The Compound was being released. I was also more than a bit surprised as, at no point, did I think The Compound needed a second book. There may have been some small foreshadowing at the end of the first book, as to whether the dad died in the explosion of the compound, but I honestly didn't think the author would bother as most everything was pretty self contained. After reading I would have to say my original thoughts were right on the money.

It has bee
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Taylor Verboven
Eli and his family barley escaped the Compound, where they were being kept prisoner by their own father, who they thought died in the explosion of the Compound. After they get out, they must try to get used to living a normal life, but with the media surrounding their house it will be difficult. After a while they finally start getting out of the house but Eli can't stop feeling like they are being watched and Eddy's sketchy friend, Tony, doesn't make matters any better. Eli is also finding out ...more
Stephanie Jolly
Oh how I've waited for this book. I read Compound years and years ago; ranted and raved about it to my friends and family, read it again for book discussion in school with two of my closest friends. I'm happy to say that neither of them were very fond of reading, but after reading the Compound, one of them found their love of reading. The other... well... I'm still working on him! For that same discussion, my mom had to read the book and lead the talk. She liked the story, but it made her angry ...more
Justin
Background Information: Fallout picks up where The Compound left off. The Yanakakis family minus dad has just gotten out of an underground shelter named The Compound, and are slowly re-integrating themselves back into society. They have been trapped in The Compound by Rex Yanakakis, their dad for the past six years, and Eddy and Gram were the only ones left outside.
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Yachts, mansions, VIP treatment, welcome to the life of Eli Yanakakis. Son of self-made Billionaire Rex Yanakakis, founder of
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Kristen
The Fallout is a book I was surprised to see come out. The previous book, The Compound, came out in 2008 and had a solid, wrapped up ending. Still, I was excited to see what was next in store for Eli and his family. Probably one of the important relationships in this book is between him and his twin brother, who both thought each other were dead for 6 years. Eli and the rest of his family was in the Compound, his father telling them the world had ended. Dealing with the awful things that happen ...more
Joshua
I loved the Compound, and have enjoyed her other books but this one did not meet my expectations... I wish Eddy was the main character as Eli is kind of unlikable at times... The book crawled then shot forward and was too long... The ending was telegraphed and frankly was less interesting than the first book.

Still an entertaining and at times nervewracking read but not the revolution that Fallout could have been and Compound was...

3.25 stars... Though at times it shot up to 4, but that ending br
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Maris Taylor
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Kayley
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Melissapalmer404
Book #98 Read in 2013
The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen

This book is a sequel to The Compound. In that book, a father moves his family underground, telling them they have to live in the bunker because a nuclear attack occurred (it hadn't). This book picks up right where The Compound ends and the family, minus Dad, are trying to readjust to life above ground, with varying levels of success. This book is full of action and I read it in one sitting. Bodeen is fast becoming one of my favorite authors, as I l
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Nick Lopez
I am reading Fallout by S.A. Bodeen.Fallout is a science fiction book about a family that was loocked down underground for 6 years in a place they liked to call “the Compound”.The family has to try and re adjust to the real world for the time they have been missing.Them missing caused them to be so famous,everyone would like to have a peice of them ,people like Dooms day preppers to The tabloid media.The story mostly takes place at The Compound because the story basically starts with knowing how ...more
Alicia
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Jennifer
The Compound was eerie and beautifully written. It was one of those novels that suck you in and stay with you. I don't often read books more than once, but I did with The Compound just because it was so creepy. I honestly could never recommend The Compound high enough for those that like horror, survival, or even dystopian novels. When I saw The Fallout, I literally shrieked with glee. I was so excited that it frightened my students. I'm so happy that this book didn't let me down, even though it ...more
Johnny Ngo
This book was seriously one of the best books that I have read in awhile. i usually don't see these kinds of books anymore or around in the library so I decided to pick up this book and read it for the first time. Starting off reading this book it was actually kind of confusing because I didn't read the books that came before this. Not reading the books before this I didn't know what was happening so I got extremely confused. I tried to do some research on the book but I didn't get much out of i ...more
Wisteriouswoman
There was a bit of suspense but I wasn't on the edge of my seat. More like,' Oh no, his brother is missing. Did he get nabbed?'
I'm not a teen so maybe that makes me more picky when the plot isn't that great. I find it tiresome to read how rich the family is and that they can afford anything they want. The relationship between the twin brothers doesn't seem very realistic. The author could have put a lot more into the difficulty of reconnecting with a twin. Its weird how Eli talks about his sibli
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Riley
Mar 10, 2014 Riley added it
The Fallout by S.A Bodeen was a great book. It really made my mind think extremely hard. This is the kind of book you would need to be wide awake and have you brain turned on and ready to think because it can get confusing at times. I think this book was very well written. The author did an amazing job of tying the begging to the ending which blew your mind. You will never expect what happens in the end. She does a great job of making this a book that is designed so that you really have to think ...more
19schumacherryan
What if you were rich, had just got out of a fallout shelter, and new nothing about the world of today. In "The Fallout" by S.A. Bodeen Eli and his family have been outside of the compound for about a month. They are still getting used to normal life. Eli's dads company now has no one to run it. In his will it wrote that Phil was to be the owner until Eddy, the sole heir to the company. Now they are in a big dispute saying that Eli's mom should be the one to run the company. Meanwhile Eli is try ...more
Kristin
Well that took a weird turn from the first book. I'm actually a little disappointed, the information seemed a little out of date and didn't take the turn I was expecting, it sort of went from weird to just plain outlandish.

I was hoping to learn more about their adjustment to the outside, I was hoping to find out who Lexie's real dad was (actually I thought that was going to be a plot twist and had something to do with what Rex was experimenting with in the compound), I wanted to see if their mo
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Nathaniel Chapin
This is the second book in a series, the first was called "The Compound" by S.A. Bodeen. The previous book was about a teenage guy who had spent the last six years of his life underground, tricked and trapped by his father. This book is about the aftermath of being under there, and trying to adjust to today's society. He deals with paranoia, "But when we reached the next aisle, there was no one there. I kept on pushing up that aisle where the man should have been. When I got to the end, somethin ...more
George Mathias
The Fallout by S.A Bodeen was probably one of the best books I've read this year. It had a entertaining story, OK character development and one of the best plot twists I've seen in a book.
The book continues immediately after the Compound.

After they all escape their father and the compound. They try to return to their lives as the richest family on the planet. But, being rich has it's consequences, The entire world knew what where they had been but not what had went down in the compound. Even
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Kim
Fast read and book was ok. I just hate how the author keeps trying to put so much towards the end and raps it all up so fast.
Stephen
This book was disturbing on many levels. First of all, I understand that it is being read to 5th graders in public schools. I really feel that a lot of the material is not age appropriate for that maturity level. This book deals with the effects of the previous book. Billionare crazy prepper father tricks family into underground bunker for 6 years. Kids figure it out, and escape, father "dies" in the process...

The kids deal with the psychologic issues of reintegrating into normal society. Crazy
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Ed Casey
While working bus duty at my junior high, a former student placed a copy of this book in my hands and told me I had to read it because it was better than the original novel The Compound. This student has excellent taste in books so I was excited to start reading. Although, I would disagree with her assessment that this was the better novel, I do agree that it was very entertaining and definitely worth the read.
The book tells the story of what happened to Eli and his family after escaping his fat
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Russell
I think the author was trying to show that the father was still very crazy. I come to understand that the authors perspective was that the father was very evil. This book mainly in America because the people traveled around a lot. Some of it took place on an island with palm trees and a beach, and with blue water. It is told in the protagonists point of view so first person. The protagonist does not ever know what will happen next. For example when he got drugged, he did not know it was going to ...more
Kim
From Children's Literature review:
Picking up where The Compound (2008) left off, Eli and his mother and siblings have escaped the underground facility in which they spent almost six years, believing that they were among the few survivors of a nuclear attack. Eli's father, who perpetuated this fallacy, apparently died during his family's escape. Getting back to the real world is not easy: the media is camped out in front of their estate; Eli's youngest siblings were born in the compound and have
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Ally
WARNING- SPOILERS AHEAD FOR "THE COMPOUND" AND "THE FALLOUT"
A completely unnecessary god awful sequel that did not need to be written. At times the author seems to have written herself into confusion and doesn't seem to know how many characters she has.

In the Compound, Eli's dad Rex tricks the family into entering a secret bunker and locks them in there for 6 year under the pretense that nuclear war is occurring and the outside world is no longer safe. He doesn't stop there though! He destroys t
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Deborah
Nov 30, 2014 Deborah added it
Shelves: 2014, reviewed
The Fallout, like The Compound before it, requires a heavy dose of suspension of disbelief--which is helped along by narrator Eli's disbelief at the events of his life. There's outlandish sci-fi stuff in a world either our own or five minutes into the future. But let's face it, the family's incredibly lavish lifestyle makes the tech-for-the-rich approach story believable.

The story is surprising and engaging. While some aspects of the ending are a little predictable, there are plenty of plot aspe
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Laura (booksnob)
The Fallout by S.A. Bodeen

Eli and his family have just gotten out of The Compound where they lived for six years, thinking the world had suffered a nuclear attack. Eli's father, one of the richest men on earth, tricked the family into a experiment they didn't know they were a part of. The father didn't make it out alive. Now they just want to forget and live normal lives.

Eli feels like a freak and is having trouble trusting people. He feels like he is paranoid yet he has caught people following
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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 first young adult novel The Compound was released in 2008 and recently won the Maryland BlackEyedSusan Award, Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and the Indiana Young Hoosier Award. Her second YA The Gardener was featured on Good Morning America as a
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