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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.

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

Paperback, 272 pages
Published on September 1, 2009 by Square Fish
ISBN-10: 0312578601
ISBN-13: 9780312578602
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  • mysteryturtle24
    mysteryturtle24Friday, September 14, 2018 at 7:05 am55 starsFeatured
    I discovered this book about a year ago and wanted to read it all school year. Finally, I got to read it a few weeks ago, and it was most certainly worth the wait. It begins by telling the story of the Yanakakis family, the most famous and rich family on the earth. They are living in an underground compound, however, because of a nuclear attack 6 years ago. 6 years in a compound is driving Eli's father insane, and Eli and his sisters realize that they need to get out. This book is a thriller that keeps the pages turning. It's slightly morbid and it's a long wait for the book, but definitely worth it.
    • bookstory13
      bookstory13Saturday, May 19, 2018 at 1:15 pm44 stars
      Eddy. The other twin. The lost twin. Eli. Still alive. Mourning. And determined. The Compound by S. A. Bodeen is an excellent book. Eli and Eddy's (twins) father, a billionaire, built The Compound so they could have somewhere to be safe if there was nuclear warfare. When Eli's father rushes everyone down to The Compound, Eddy, the other part of his soul, is left behind with Gram. Eli learns to tolerate the family he has left-his annoying little sister, Terese, his annoying OLDER sister, Lexie, and his parents. But one day, everything changes. One day, the truth is unveiled. One day, he is no longer as safe as he had thought. Dah dah dah daaaaahh! Read The Compound, by S. A. Bodeen, and go somewhere you have never been before. You will go to The Compound.
      • rilsaw
        rilsawWednesday, October 7, 2015 at 6:06 am55 stars
        This book is absolutely amazing.The book is called The Compound and is written by S.A. Bodeen. This book takes place during a nuclear winter, the period after a nuclear bomb goes off. The books protagonist is a boy named Eli, his world was turned upside down when a nuke (antagonist) is dropped because his grandmother and twin brother don't make it. Eli is upset that the nuke dropped, then is afraid of his own father after six years have past. Eli's father pretty much goes insane, so Eli and the sane side of his family have to get out of the Compound. Will they make it out, or will Eli's father get them all killed? Read to find out. I liked this book so much because I like mysteries and the suspense that comes with them, I just want to know what happens next.
        • 0019693
          0019693Monday, February 23, 2015 at 10:18 am55 stars
          It is awesome
          • storres
            storresMonday, December 8, 2014 at 7:21 am
            i am readimg the 2nd book to it and it is soo good!!
            • booklover39
              booklover39Sunday, September 28, 2014 at 3:57 pm
              It is an decent book
              • abercrombiegurl
                abercrombiegurlThursday, February 21, 2013 at 9:00 am44 stars
                this book is really good and interesting so far!

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