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The Compound

Bodeen, S. A. (Book - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Compound

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Eli, the teenage son of a billionaire, has spent the last six years with his family in their massive underground compound, believing that a nuclear war has destroyed the outside world. With food supplies running low, Eli becomes both frightened and suspicious of his father, who seems to be hiding something.
Authors: Bodeen, S. A. (Stephanie A.), 1965-
Title: The compound
Publisher: New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2008.
Edition: 1st ed.
Characteristics: 248 p. ;,22 cm.
Summary: Eli, the teenage son of a billionaire, has spent the last six years with his family in their massive underground compound, believing that a nuclear war has destroyed the outside world. With food supplies running low, Eli becomes both frightened and suspicious of his father, who seems to be hiding something.
Audience: 570
Local Note: Reading Counts RC 29 10140
Accelerated Reader AR 41 10080
ISBN: 0312370156
Statement of Responsibility: S.A. Bodeen
Study Program: Reading Counts RC 6-8 2.9 14.0 Quiz: 44503.
Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 4.1 8.0 Quiz: 122908.
Subject Headings: Fathers Fiction. Twins Fiction. Psychopaths Fiction. Deception Fiction. Survival Fiction.
Topical Term: Fathers
LCCN: 2007036148
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Jun 30, 2014
  • violet_dog_2497 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I Loved this book!

Feb 24, 2014
  • texasbooks rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

this book was scary for the family to live underground in a compound for 6 years because the father was sick emotionally and thought there was a threat of nucler attack. the mother had 2 boys in the compound . The grandmother and one son didnt get into the compound but finally rescued them with help. Its horrible to think what the father put them all thru for 6 year.s
the book was hard to read and understand but it was okay

Jun 29, 2013
  • alexandred rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

during the whole book i was just thinking, like Eli's family are pshyco what ill liked about there family though was those kids like Quinn and the other kids

Sep 08, 2012
  • madjugler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

One great thing about this book is it makes you think about what it would be like to be in Eli's position. Trapped under ground not being able to leave. Its a great read and i highly recommend it.

I had to do this book for a book report. I first was like, 'Oh, this book is going to be horrible.' But as I got into the book, it really was one of the best books I've read.

I found that this book "jumped" into the thick of the plot a little quickly (i.e. without a lot of character development) for my taste, and so it was hard to empathize with the characters, at first. It was, however, fantastically descriptive- so much so that I could imagine living inside the compound, myself. Eventually, I found that I was feeling fearful of Eli's father. This is a fast-paced, edgy read and would be (I think) an especially great read for those who find themselves bored with slow-moving novels.

Jun 28, 2012
  • golden13 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Was kinda hard to get into but an okay book.

Jun 20, 2012
  • Red_Alligator_1299 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book so much! I read straight to the end. Really good read, full of secrets and mystery. Even for those who don't like a dark plot, the characters and excellent narration make up for that. If you liked this you may like the 'Adoration of Jenna Fox'. Just a thought.

May 19, 2012
  • amderdog rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I just could not put this one down.

Sep 23, 2011
  • MeReneG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Rather dark themes with respect to abuse of power, food sources, and isolation of family members. // Worth the read, even if the premise is a bit far-fetched (although a ruthless, wealthy psychopath might be able to implement the type of plan described). // May try The Hunger Games next (thanks Lizsayes).

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Jan 28, 2011
  • SallyReads rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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Eli Yanakakis is an average young boy on vacation with his billionaire dad, Rex Yanakakis, along with his twin brother, two sisters, his mom, and his grandmother. Then, in a few minutes, his life changed forever. A nuclear attack strikes their vacation spot, and nine-year old Eli is forced to flee to a secret and safe place, a compound. There, he finds out that his twin brother did not make it, and that both Eddy and Gram are lost in the nuclear bomb. Here, at the compound, the family must stay for fifteen years, until it is safe to leave.
Six years dread past slowly and painfully. Eli still has not gotten over the death of his twin, and life in the compound begins to be unbearable. Sure, there’s everything you would ever need in it, a library, a gymnasium, a chapel, a greenhouse for food, a living room filled with movies and TV shows, a spa, and each bedroom made especially for its owner. But all of this is reproductions of the real thing, and Eli Yanakakis begins to regret his father’s decisions of keeping his family in this underground home. He finds his brother’s laptop in Eddy’s room, and this discovery led to many more. Turns out, his father was lying all this time, and with a short instant messaging conversation with his dear twin brother, Eli discovers that the world still exists, and the nuclear bomb was nothing but one of his father’s lies.
Now, he is determined to leave this terrible place, and be on earth once more. With the help of his family, Eli uncovered the secret code to the outside, but is stopped by his dad, who turned slightly insane at the fact that his family unappreciated what he tried to do. Rex Yanakakis ordered a helicopter to take his family to another compound, but soon Eddy saves them before their mentally unstable father took it too far, and left their father with the helicopter he planned to take. Though it is not determined whether their father was alive or dead, the family moved on without grief. After all, Rex Yanakakis conquered nothing but trouble for their minds and to themselves. Nothing in the compound proved happiness, and now, Eli and Eddy Yanakakis are ready to face the world once again.

Oct 14, 2010
  • Lexxxy0917 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

An amazing story of lies and deceit. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and keep you guessing until the very end!


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