The Compound

Paperback | September 1, 2009

byS. A. Bodeen, S.a. Bodeen

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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. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary-and their sanity-Eli can't help but wonder if he'd rather take his chances outside. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe-really?

The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

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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. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day af...

S.A. Bodeen is the author of The Gardener and several picture books, including Elizabeti's Doll, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Compound earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.27 × 5.49 × 0.78 inPublished:September 1, 2009Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0312578601

ISBN - 13:9780312578602

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

Customer Reviews of The Compound

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from GREAT READ This is one of the best books I've ever read it is intense and it is just a great read overall. The best part about this book is the fact that they can't leave the compound
Date published: 2015-06-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Compound Very well written and a base for scify shows over the past several years. A nice twist on a worst case
Date published: 2015-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling ride, with a big twist Eli wasn’t such a nice character to begin with. I found it really hard to like him and thought he was surly, rude, callous, at times down right awful to his sisters, and had such a horrible attitude problem I felt like pulling his stupid long hair out of its roots just to make him shut up. However, I realize being stuck in a place for six years and seeing/doing the same things over again is taxing on the mental state of health. I had no particular liking to any of the characters in this book, none really stood out for me and Eli was the only one with a real personality whereas the others were wooden like and almost seemed as if they were robots. I thought the solution to the hunger issue in the compound was a little...extreme (and disgusting). It does however, make you think on how far would you be willing to go to survive under these circumstances. However, I did enjoy the plot and the way things were going. It had a very interesting twist that changed my view of the book a dramatic 360. At first I was a little disappointed with the twist but as the plot became more tense, and more suspenseful, I thought it was a good job well done by Bodeen. As you progress towards the end of the book you certainly do feel the tension and it certainly does become so tense it becomes a nail-biter as the mystery deepens and the intrigue is set on high. I enjoyed the ending as well, although I have to admit it does sound a little cliche. But! it certainly did fit well with the book. By the time you do finish the book though, you’ll feel as if you’ve just gone through a huge adrenaline rush. Overall, a book filled with tension, action, and suspense. It’s good enough to keep you turning the pages and having you reading it until it’s done. It had a perfect twist to keep things busy. You will not experience boredom with this book. Highly recommended for those into dystopian fiction but who are also willing to accept the twist in the novel.
Date published: 2010-09-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Mehh I wasn't overly impressed with this book. For a novel of only 250 pages it seemed A LOT longer. The plot line was very unrealistic and contained a few unplausible plot holes. With the mysterious cover and vague synopsis I was expecting a lot more from this book and honestly it fell short. At parts it was a chore to read and hard to focus. Definitely wouldn't be the first book I'd recommend to someone.
Date published: 2010-08-02

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I knew what had happened that night. We had been prepared. Other kids got bedtime stories about fairies and dogs. We fell asleep with visions of Weapons of Mass Destruction dancing in our heads. . .     Dad gripped my shoulders and pulled me away from the silver door, twisting me around to follow the rest of my family. What was left of it. I clung to my father’s hand. He rushed ahead of me, his hand dropping mine.     I lifted my hand to my face. It reeked of fuel.      The corridor ended. We paraded through an archway strung with twinkling white lights, then entered an enormous circular room. The place reminded me of a yurt we’d built in school, but about 80 times bigger. The curved walls were made of log beams; the same type which criss-crossed over our heads in an intricate pattern. The roundness of the room was odd yet comforting . . . Dad flicked a switch.      A plasma television dropped down from the ceiling, blank monitor glowing. “I figured we’d be in here a lot.” The blue from the television tinted Dad’s face and blonde hair in a garish way. He startled me when he threw his arms out to the side. “Cozy, yes? What do you think?”     “It’s not what I expected.” Mom’s voice was shaky.     Dad rubbed his jaw. “What did you expect?”

Editorial Reviews

"* A high-wire act of a first novel, a thriller that exerts an ever-tighter grip on readers. . . . The audience will feel the pressure closing in on them as they, like the characters, race through hairpin turns in the plot toward a breathless climax." -Publishers Weekly, Starred Review"Debut novelist Bodeen effectively builds the claustrophobic suspense with each chapter as readers slowly discover the Compound is not the refuge it seems. Combining elements of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Running Out of Time (1995) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), published for adults, this post-apocalyptic thriller will also pique the interest of Nancy Werlin and L.J. Adlington fans." -Booklist"Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive." -Kirkus Reviews