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 exercise, studying, chores, and reading.
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His father is a billionaire and used those billions to create the massive compound where his family could live in luxury and comfort for exactly 15 years after the bombs were detonated. At the 15 year mark, the doors to the compound are set to open - this is when the family will again enter the world. The problem? Eli has to deal with his guilt every single day; his guilt over being the one to make it - he, the twin who was selfish and only out to please himself.
The other problem? Eli has come to hate the compound. He views it as his prison. Food sources seem to have been sabotaged before they even entered the compound. The lengths his father has gone to to create more food is disgusting and horrifying. They have all come to loathe each other, but his father is the worst of all.
Oh goodness, it so is. I mean, really. I read this book in one sitting. There was never a dull moment. Bodeen obviously did not feel the need to drag it out unnecessarily, which I appreciated greatly.
My one problem with this book is reality. Despite the genre this book is filed under, this is not a science fiction novel, nor is it dystopia. Small holes. That brings me to the plot. This plot was insanely creative, and just insane!
I can imagine my face as I read this: my eyeballs bugging out of my head, a face filled with horror and disbelief. This book really is not for the feint of heart. The idea of the compound itself is impressive. Bodeen was very generous with the details of how this compound was even possible. The different scenarios that could potentially cause a problem for people in such a situation. Oxygen, food, water, waste, etc. Creepy, no? The characters. I have to say that the author gave them each a super distinct personality.
Each one of them was changed by being in the compound for so long. Changed by having to endure some of the things they have.
Rex is just a sick, sick man. The mother is weak in some ways, but strong in others. She herself agreed to do some very horrible things, but her morals won out in the end. She learned to be strong and to question. Eli learned not to be so self-serving and single minded. Terese was like some sort of oblivious weirdo. Lexie was a ruthless bitch. Each one went into the compound as one person, and came out as an entirely different one except for Rex, maybe. Overall, this book is totally freaky.
The Compound totally goes where other books dare not go. It begs the question: When does humanity take a back seat to survival? If you want something totally out there, this is your book. I definitely recommend it, but as I said: totally not for the feint of heart!
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His father is a billionaire and used those billions to create the massive compound where his family could live in luxury and comfort for exactly 15 years after the bombs were detonated. At the 15 year mark, the doors to the compound are set to open - this is when the family will again enter the world. The problem? Eli has to deal with his guilt every single day; his guilt over being the one to make it - he, the twin who was selfish and only out to please himself. The other problem? Eli has come to hate the compound.
The Compound (The Compound Series #1)
First, let me start off by saying I read this in one sitting. Could not put it down! Summary: This is a story about Eli and his family who are very well off. Then, the worst happens and they are forced into the underground compound that his father built to protect his family. Questions no one can answer. What is really happening?