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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • Lillian
  • Turner, ME, United States
  • 02-24-18

Category TEEN

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I believe the younger generation would find this book very interesting ! I bought this book without checkin category did give low ratings but would rather not rate this book . I am 85 and found no interest in the story line .

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

Believe she writes for teens .

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a fine job

Any additional comments?

I feel this story is a great book just out of my area of interest

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Messed up.

Bought this because we were reading it in school, and it's nice to hear it as well as read it. Let me just say, this book takes messed up and brings it to its own whole new level. That is coming from someone who really enjoyed The Hunger Games. I'm appalled that our school would have us read it. If you want to know why it's so messed up you can keep reading for spoilers.

SPOILERS BEYOND THIS POINT.

The dad is holding the family captive and he's making the mother have kids for the family to get to know but then force them to eat. It is sick.

END OF SPOILERS.

All in all it is well written if you can get passed the grotesque parts of the plot. I did enjoy how relatable Eli is, and how it all ends. I do not fail to see the brilliance embedded in the work. I just found it particularly messed up and hard to get past.

16 of 22 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • Philadelphia, PA, United States
  • 04-17-14

The Compound

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.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unique storyline

I read this story years ago and loved the unique storyline. It stuck with me enough that when I saw it in audiobook, I knew I wanted to read/listen to it again. The story didn't disappoint even the second time around. Eli is an interesting and sympathetic character. It may be a 'teen' story but it's got a lot of meat to it.

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Great Book, lots of twist

it was one of those books that you cant put down once you start it.

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Garbage

What disappointed you about The Compound ?

Simple, predictable, puerile, implausible and silly. If I realised this was the usual teen fiction crap that's consuming the book market I wouldn't have purchased it.

What was most disappointing about S. A. Bodeen’s story?

The story is silly and implausible.

Which scene was your favorite?

The first two chapters were OK.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

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A must read!

Excellent thriller! I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The narrator was a perfect fit, which helps immensely. Some similarities to the Wayward Pines storyline with a single family.

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Masterful use of "the crucible"

Characters confined in a small area is always a good recipe for drama. Good story, good characters, good structure, plot, everything. Highly recommend.

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Excellent

Kept me guessing. Took me one way and then jerked me in another. Great ending.

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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 2 people found this review helpful