Sunday, February 28, 2010

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen

Published by Feiwel and Friends, 2008
Source:  purchased

From the inside front jacket:  "Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years.  The world they knew is gone.  Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe.  Now, they can't get out.  He won't let them." 
 I had read so many good reviews of this book and decided this weekend that I was going to sit and read it.  I read it from cover to cover.  Eli's father has built a large underground compound in the event of nuclear war.  He, his twin Eddy, his two sisters, grandmother, father and mother are all supposed to go there if they are attacked.  Through a series of events when they enter the enter the compound and shut the door, Eddy and the grandmother are not in the compound.  Believing them to be dead they carry on with their life inside the compound.  When food starts to go bad and run out their father creates "supplements".  They live in the yellow room and are attended by Eli's two sisters and mother.  They are not allowed to leave the room and Eli refuses to meet them.  He believes his father is lying to them but he has no proof.  One thing he is sure of, his father is in control until the Eddy discovers...
What, did you really think I was going to tell you what they discover?  You really need to read this book to find out what he discovers and what he can do about it.  I was totally repulsed by the lengths to which this man would go for his own agenda.  Crazy does not really describe this man but until you read it you will have to deal with that.  This is a must read.  I can't wait to put it on my shelves tomorrow. 


  1. I read this a couple weeks ago and LOVED it! I actually took a Gotham writing course with the author, which was a great experience. You might also like UNWIND by Neal Shusterman. I believe that was the next one I read after THE COMPOUND.

  2. I read Unwind by Neal Shusterman last year. I still think it needs a sequel so we know what happens to them all. I absolutely loved it. There again I have like everything I have read by Neal Shusterman. I look forward to reading more by S.A. Bodeen

  3. Maricela G. 7th graderMarch 12, 2010 at 12:42 AM

    Oh my gosh. I am reading the book now and I see that there is not a second book to tell what ever happened to the family.
    I think it would be good if it had one though.
    It's like the movie "Avatar", you want more.
    But it will suck like the second movie to "Transformer".

  4. This book is so cool, i wish there was a 2nd one