The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Synopsis: Following a massive nuclear holocaust, a boy named Eli and his wealthy family hurry to an underground safe-house (aka the Compound) that his father created. Day by day goes by and the family sadly realizes that they have been stuck in this life supporting compound for six years. They become accustomed to their new life realizing that the outside world is gone and everyone they ever knew ceased to exist. Eli’s father tells them that they have 8 more years in the compound before the radiation levels drop low enough to where it is safe to go outside. They have trusted their father, but now he is behaving strangely. Eli believes that his father created the entire scenario as some kind of sick hoax, right down to cloning and creating human babies, which are known as The Supplements, who might actually be needed someday as a food supply. Repulsed and frightened, Eli teams with his sisters, his mother, and The Supplements in a race to discover what is really going on, what happened that fateful night, and how to escape the manipulative madman who seemingly has them trapped.
Appeals: This young adult novel is a quick read and keeps the reader wanting to know what happens next. The story can be seen as a thriller and also a suspense as the author involves clues for the characters, as well as readers, to try to figure out what exactly is going on and what will happen next. The Compound has a neat and somewhat original premise which makes it a perfect selection for young adults.
Publication Date: September 1st, 2009
- The story starts a little slow then becomes tense as it reaches its climax
- Themes include nuclear war, survival, and deception.
- There is a decent amount of foreshadowing which may allow the reader to predict certain happenings.
- Not a whole lot of character development as the story moves at a rather quick pace.
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