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The Compound | [S. A. Bodeen]

The Compound

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.
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Publisher's Summary

"Dad asked me if I wanted to see more of the Compound. I didn't. We would have to wait fifteen years before it would be safe to go outside. Which left more than enough time to see the rest of the Compound.

"Our new world. A world I would soon hate."

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.

©2008 S.A. Bodeen; (P)2008 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive." (Kirkus Reviews)
"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)

  • 2008 Parents' Choice Recommended

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    Elise Beacon Falls, CT, USA 11-11-09
    Elise Beacon Falls, CT, USA 11-11-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Full of suspense"

    I rarely find myself rushing back to a book, but this one was short enough that I could get through it in two days commuting to work. I found myself getting out the door just a little bit faster this morning so I could finish it, but had to sneak in the ending at work!

    I enjoyed this as an adult, but it would be good for teens as well. The main character is intriguing and leads the listener through a well told story.

    5 stars for the story, 4 stars for the narration as it was a bit dead-pan.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 08-07-12
    Emily 08-07-12
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    "Rivetting YA story."
    What did you love best about The Compound?

    The intricacies of the compound itself.


    What other book might you compare The Compound to and why?

    Any book where the main character has to overcome themselves to save everyone else.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't before.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes!


    Any additional comments?

    The author's language for the little children is unbelievable. They don't speak like that at that age.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 03-05-15
    Andrew 03-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Greatest book ever"

    One of my favorite novels ever had to switch to audible because i read the book so much that it became worn and torn and ripe.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa 02-21-15
    Melissa 02-21-15
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    "Took a while for me to get into it."

    It was good and had a good second half, but it was kind of slow up until the 100 page area.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yolanda O. Carter 02-09-15 Member Since 2013

    I read everything. I don't have much time so audible is perfect for me. My reviews will cover many genres of books. Christian to "Tween"

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    "Good book."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Compound?

    The end (cliff-hanger)


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    This would make an interesting movie.


    Any additional comments?

    It was a great story considering that the setting really never changes. Very creative.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Tigard, OR, United States 01-23-15
    Harriet Tigard, OR, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Thanks"

    I have 2 junk filled rooms cleaned beautifully because I was so entertained
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    Now I need the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gillie 06-04-14
    Gillie 06-04-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Enjoyably different.,"
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    A new spin on a survival story. Most enjoyable. Well written and narrated. I hope there is a follow-up book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-17-14
    Leslie Philadelphia, PA, United States 04-17-14

    I used to whistle while I worked. Now I read a book!

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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would definitely recommend it! I only for the very twisted ending


    Would you ever listen to anything by S. A. Bodeen again?

    Yes!!


    Have you listened to any of Christopher Lane’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first.


    Did The Compound inspire you to do anything?

    Stock up on canned meat!!


    Any additional comments?

    This story left me reeling. You just don't know who to trust, or how far someone will go to fulfill a social experiment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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