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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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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.

15 of 20 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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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

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  • Elise
  • Beacon Falls, CT, USA
  • 11-11-09

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.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Compelling YA Ride

What did you love best about The Compound?

The character development of Eli, the teen protagonist, was excellent along with strong dialogue, surprising plot twists and the fascinating setting in the massive underground compound.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Compound?

When Eli discovers his twin brother's computer.

What does Christopher Lane bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Lane is an excellent reader who added punch to this suspenseful story.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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It kept me up all night - couldn't stop listening!

I'm always looking for a book that will keep me up all night, something that I devour, and can't stop listening to.

I probably should have picked a night that I wasn't incredibly sleep deprived to start this one. A friend recommended it to me, and since I was having trouble picking out a book, I just got it and started listening.

Wow!

The pacing is perfect. Never a dull moment, even when nothing super crazy is happening. The twists and turns were predictable at some points, and not at all in others. Absolutely worth a listen!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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its not bad just

it isnt bad, but to come up with "fallout" type genre, I wasnt too pleased to find out its a bit missleading. I was hopeing there would be a Fallout New Vegas or Fallout 3 type topic, but not at all. good book just not exactly fallout NV like

0 of 1 people found this review helpful