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The Compound

(The Compound #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  22,658 ratings  ·  2,854 reviews
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.

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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published April 29th 2008 by Feiwel and Friends
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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,
Apr 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
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.
Lindsey Lynn (thepagemistress)
4.5 Stars!

First, let me start off by saying I read this in one sitting. Could not put it down!

This is a story about Eli and his family who are very well off. No wait, lets face it they're loaded! Eli's father is one of the most influential people in the world and has been preparing for a nuclear war. Then, the worst happens and they are forced into the underground compound that his father built to protect his family. They have been down there for 6 years, but then things don't add up. Qu
Nov 17, 2010 rated it did not like it
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Jul 10, 2008 rated it liked it
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
Uptown Horror Reviews
Great "post-apocalyptic" story filled with all types of emotion, drama and suspense.

If you like films like 10 Cloverfield Lane and Ex-Machina you're gonna love this book.
Dec 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star, 4-star-5-star

This book is so much fun. The main character Eli has to live 15 years underground in a compound because of radiation from a nuclear explosion outside. Once underground mysteries begin to unravel. The first mysterious thing mentioned was "The yellow door". Wtf is behind the yellow door? From there on it gets more and more crazy.

The biggest problem with this book is the logic behind everything is really really bad. I only rate based on entertainment so it didn't really matter to me, but if this
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
Nov 13, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Kris Irvin
May 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019

Y’all this was really good! I’m very impressed. I’d only ever heard of this because of Dylan but this is a great YA dystopian book - it’s pretty damn dark tho so be warned! I couldn’t put this down and was shook constantly as we found out more and more. Also definitely way dif than I was expecting ! So pleasantly surprised
Monica Edinger
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Neat premise and a fun read. Literally a page-turner!
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Andrew D
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2nd-nine-weeks
Eli was born into a very wealthy family with his dad's name known worldwide. But his life changes in an instance when a nuclear war started, he had to flee from his RV vacation trip and head to THE COMPOUND. Eli has lived in the THE COMPOUND for six years now and is anxious to hurry up the fifteen years that he has to stay there. Therefore Eli does some snooping around and ends up in his dead brother's room. He realizes that there is a laptop in the room, when he opens the laptop he looks at the ...more
Mar 11, 2008 added it
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
Chloe M
Oct 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-9-weeks
I read the Compound by S.A. Bodeen.It is about a boy named Eli and how his family survives a nuclear attack by retreating into a bunker five feet underground called the Compound. Even though they live in a luxurious bunker, nothing can make up for the fact that Eli has lost his grandma and twin brother. He has no connection to the outside world until one day when he goes into his brother's room and finds a computer! This book makes you feel like you are in the Compound with them and you are faci ...more
Apr 04, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, ya-fiction
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
May 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
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Elizabeth K.
Jun 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2009-new-reads
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
Wendy Darling
Some good stuff in this one, but the characters are pretty one-dimensional and things got a little too crazy without fully committing to it. Also very easy to guess all the plot twists.

I may pick up the next one....sometime.
milana waller
I find the writing in Booden’s books rather strange.. like she’s in her own little world sometimes that readers can’t quite grasp. I think the idea is good but executed in a weird way.. was the dad good or bad? I never could tell. I got the part where he was insane but was he good? I am not sure!
Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
When you read a book in 2 days does that mean it was scary good or so ridiculous you just had to get to the end as fast as possible? This is the exact question I am trying to ponder about Compound.

I really hated that this was about twins. I feel like people throw twins about like toilet paper then don't really use them in a compelling way. This book was the exact opposite. Eddy seemed to be the sole reason for EVERYTHING wrong in Eli's life. He was the reason Eli loved to cry and whine, he was
Nov 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: dystopia
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
Jan 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Noah Koh
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was really fun. It started with a really impactful introduction. It was suspenseful and had many exciting moments, that makes you beg to read more. This book had a vast amount of genres, including fiction, mystery and much more. Some reasons why this adventurous book lost a star, was because the summary/blurb on the back of the book is quite misleading. Plus, the book was overly dramatic like in those cringe action movies with weird lines. But the book was a topic of my interest. The bo ...more
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
Michael Taylor
Nov 09, 2011 rated it liked it
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.

Steph Su
Mar 09, 2010 rated it liked it
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
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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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