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The Compound
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    “* A high-wire act of a first novel, a thriller that exerts an ever-tighter grip on readers. . . . 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, Starred Review “Debut novelist Bodeen effectively builds the claustrophobic suspense with each chapter as readers slowly discover the Compound is not the refuge it seems. Combining elements of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Running Out of Time (1995) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), published for adults, this post-apocalyptic thriller will also pique the interest of Nancy Werlin and L.J. Adlington fans.” ―Booklist “Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive.” ―Kirkus Reviews S.A. Bodeen is the author of The Gardener and several picture books, including Elizabeti's Doll, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Compound earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese. She lives in Oregon. I knew what had happened that night. We had been prepared. Other kids got bedtime stories about fairies and dogs. We fell asleep with visions of Weapons of Mass Destruction dancing in our heads...Dad gripped my shoulders and pulled me away from the silver door, twisting me around to follow the rest of my family. What was left of it. I clung to my father’s hand. He rushed ahead of me, his hand dropping mine. I lifted my hand to my face. It reeked of fuel. The corridor ended. We paraded through an archway strung with twinkling white lights, then entered an enormous circular room. The place reminded me of a yurt we’d built in school, but about 80 times bigger. The curved walls were made of log beams; the same type which criss-crossed over our heads in an intricate pattern. The roundness of the room was odd yet comforting... Dad flicked a switch. A plasma television dropped down from the ceiling, blank monitor glowing. “I figured we’d be in here a lot.” The blue from the television tinted Dad’s face and blonde hair in a garish way. He startled me when he threw his arms out to the side. “Cozy, yes? What do you think?” “It’s not what I expected.” Mom’s voice was shaky. Dad rubbed his jaw. “What did you expect?”


    Age Range: 12 - 18 years


    Grade Level: 7 - 12


    Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)


    Paperback: 272 pages


    Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (2009)


    Language: English


    ISBN-10: 0312578601


    ISBN-13: 978-0312578602


    Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches


    Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)


    Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars236 customer ratings


    Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #93 in Teen & Young Adult Mystery & Thriller Action & Adventure #150 in Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories #191 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure


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      “* A high-wire act of a first novel, a thriller that exerts an ever-tighter grip on readers. . . . 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, Starred Review “Debut novelist Bodeen effectively builds the claustrophobic suspense with each chapter as readers slowly discover the Compound is not the refuge it seems. Combining elements of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Running Out of Time (1995) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), published for adults, this post-apocalyptic thriller will also pique the interest of Nancy Werlin and L.J. Adlington fans.” ―Booklist “Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive.” ―Kirkus Reviews S.A. Bodeen is the author of The Gardener and several picture books, including Elizabeti's Doll, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Compound earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese. She lives in Oregon. I knew what had happened that night. We had been prepared. Other kids got bedtime stories about fairies and dogs. We fell asleep with visions of Weapons of Mass Destruction dancing in our heads...Dad gripped my shoulders and pulled me away from the silver door, twisting me around to follow the rest of my family. What was left of it. I clung to my father’s hand. He rushed ahead of me, his hand dropping mine. I lifted my hand to my face. It reeked of fuel. The corridor ended. We paraded through an archway strung with twinkling white lights, then entered an enormous circular room. The place reminded me of a yurt we’d built in school, but about 80 times bigger. The curved walls were made of log beams; the same type which criss-crossed over our heads in an intricate pattern. The roundness of the room was odd yet comforting... Dad flicked a switch. A plasma television dropped down from the ceiling, blank monitor glowing. “I figured we’d be in here a lot.” The blue from the television tinted Dad’s face and blonde hair in a garish way. He startled me when he threw his arms out to the side. “Cozy, yes? What do you think?” “It’s not what I expected.” Mom’s voice was shaky. Dad rubbed his jaw. “What did you expect?”


      Age Range: 12 - 18 years


      Grade Level: 7 - 12


      Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)


      Paperback: 272 pages


      Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (2009)


      Language: English


      ISBN-10: 0312578601


      ISBN-13: 978-0312578602


      Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches


      Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)


      Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars236 customer ratings


      Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #93 in Teen & Young Adult Mystery & Thriller Action & Adventure #150 in Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories #191 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure


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        “* A high-wire act of a first novel, a thriller that exerts an ever-tighter grip on readers. . . . 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, Starred Review “Debut novelist Bodeen effectively builds the claustrophobic suspense with each chapter as readers slowly discover the Compound is not the refuge it seems. Combining elements of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Running Out of Time (1995) and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go (2005), published for adults, this post-apocalyptic thriller will also pique the interest of Nancy Werlin and L.J. Adlington fans.” ―Booklist “Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive.” ―Kirkus Reviews S.A. Bodeen is the author of The Gardener and several picture books, including Elizabeti's Doll, winner of the Ezra Jack Keats Award. The Compound earned her an ALA Quick Pick for Young Adults, a Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, and a Publishers Weekly "Flying Start." Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese. She lives in Oregon. I knew what had happened that night. We had been prepared. Other kids got bedtime stories about fairies and dogs. We fell asleep with visions of Weapons of Mass Destruction dancing in our heads...Dad gripped my shoulders and pulled me away from the silver door, twisting me around to follow the rest of my family. What was left of it. I clung to my father’s hand. He rushed ahead of me, his hand dropping mine. I lifted my hand to my face. It reeked of fuel. The corridor ended. We paraded through an archway strung with twinkling white lights, then entered an enormous circular room. The place reminded me of a yurt we’d built in school, but about 80 times bigger. The curved walls were made of log beams; the same type which criss-crossed over our heads in an intricate pattern. The roundness of the room was odd yet comforting... Dad flicked a switch. A plasma television dropped down from the ceiling, blank monitor glowing. “I figured we’d be in here a lot.” The blue from the television tinted Dad’s face and blonde hair in a garish way. He startled me when he threw his arms out to the side. “Cozy, yes? What do you think?” “It’s not what I expected.” Mom’s voice was shaky. Dad rubbed his jaw. “What did you expect?”


        Age Range: 12 - 18 years


        Grade Level: 7 - 12


        Lexile Measure: 570 (What's this?)


        Paperback: 272 pages


        Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (2009)


        Language: English


        ISBN-10: 0312578601


        ISBN-13: 978-0312578602


        Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches


        Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)


        Customer Reviews: 4.5 out of 5 stars236 customer ratings


        Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #93 in Teen & Young Adult Mystery & Thriller Action & Adventure #150 in Teen & Young Adult Mysteries & Detective Stories #191 in Teen & Young Adult Science Fiction Action & Adventure


        abunda_amazon_reviews The Compound by S. A. Bodeen The world suffers a nuclear attack and Eli and his family are rushed into The Compound late one night, leaving behind Eli's twin brother Eddy and his grandma. Eli's father happens to be one of the richest men on earth and has created The Compound as a safe place for his family of 6 to live safely underground for 15 years. He has thought of everything, an abundance of food, clothing supply through the years, all their favorite things in their own replica underground bedroom. They have been living underground for six years and boredom, and despair are setting in. Eli's father is acting strange, everyone wants out, their food supply is dwindling and their father has begun experimenting with a different food source known as the supplements. Eli wonders if things are OK in the world now and if they could safely leave. Except here is no internet, or phone and they are locked in by a special code. Bodeen has written a thriller that slowly unfolds to reveal a shocking situation in The Compound. The Compound is a compelling and intriguing page turner. Once I started reading The Compound I couldn't stop and devoured it in just 2 days. The Compound is a book that will make you fall in love with its characters and then slowly cause you to question their trustworthiness and question all you know. The Compound is thought provoking. It made me really think about what I would do in a nuclear situation. Obviously I don't have a underground compound but I also don't have a plan for a disaster of huge proportions like this. This is probably because I'm not paranoid but I'm also skeptical that something like a nuclear attack would ever happen. Maybe I'm just in denial. This is scary to think about. Do you have plans for a nuclear attack? Bodeen does a great job of creating suspense. I can't wait to read the sequel! The Fallout, here I come.;;Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2014;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;Compelling!;;Laura Booksnob;;/gp/customer-reviews/R33VGUQXW5K5GH/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0312578601;;;I was excited to find another YA post-apocalyptic novel, but The Compound by SA Bodeen is SO much more than that. In fact, its level of twists, turns, and truly disturbing plot lines will keep you interested through every page. Eli is the son of a brilliant billionaire, Rex, whose technological advances have rocked the world. When he finds out a nuclear attack has occurred, he rushes his family into The Compound, a shelter he has been working on for almost a decade in case just such a thing occurred. When they rushed to get in, though, their grandmother and Eli's twin Eddy are left outside. When Eli shouts that they have to wait for them as the Compound door closes, his father says, "At least I have one of you." Life in the Compound has been growing increasingly precarious despite the monotony and the boredom. The food source that was supposed to last for 15 years has been compromised in many ways. The livestock grain was poisoned, the grow lights were actually normal bulbs, and the food supply would never last for the full 15 years necessary for the radiation to dwindle to safe levels. Rex has found a way to survive for longer, but the result, held behind the yellow door, is something no one in the Compound but Rex is willing to consider. When Eli finds his brother's old computer and picks up a wireless signal (Rex had removed wireless capabilities from all the other computers), he beings to question why they are really in the Compound. Was there really a bomb? Did people survive? Could Eddy and Gram have survived? Is his dad telling them the whole truth? This novel will keep you asking crazy questions from beginning to end. While there is no sex or real violence in this story, it is very disturbing in parts. The lengths Rex will go to survive will leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. At first he is a quirky rich man intent on protecting his family, but as the story unfolds, it is clear he is also more than a bit unstable. I would save this crazy story for a more mature reader, although the reading level is quite accessible. While the life in the Compound is fairly routine, Rex's madness is anything but. This is an amazing, creative, and disturbing story, but make sure not to read it on a dreary day!;;Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2013;;4.0 out of 5 stars;;A Twist You Won't Expect;;OpheliasOwn;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1JYKZNPK5X5ZM/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0312578601;;;I'm not sure how I have two books listed in my completed reading - both entitled The Compound. I remember seeing both titles and figured out this was the one I wanted to read - and read it I did. Unfortunately, I gave the rating and review for this book to the other book with the same title, but different author, Christina J. Adams. Sorry, Ms. Adams. Essentially, while I liked the book, and I liked the main character, the father was hard to take in. He is a moneymaking genius but acts like a bratty self centered child, who has no care for the lives he endangers (especially his wife and children). The "Supplements" were also hard to swallow - not so much that they existed but everyone's reactions to them. I found it strange and couldn't see a real family acting the way they did towards the Supplements. They didn't appear to be a dysfunctional family until they were put in the compound - so their reactions seemed, well, odd, stiff, hard to empathize with - to me. There were many parts of the story that was interesting and got me thinking about "what would I do" in that situation - but I was so distracted by the "out of character" reactions of the different family members that I had a hard time losing myself in the story and suspending my disbelief. I realize not every author can know everything in order to make a story realistic, and in order to make a plot work - there may be some incredulous details - I'm always ready to suspend my disbelief if the story and characters can draw me in - but they did not. Not a bad read - would recommend it to pre-teenagers - if anything.;;Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2014;;3.0 out of 5 stars;;while I liked the book;;Wynne;;/gp/customer-reviews/R1K01CGHF8UJ1D/ref=cm_cr_dp_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=0312578601

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        4.0 out of 5 stars
        By Laura Booksnob - Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2014
        Compelling!
        The Compound by S. A. Bodeen The world suffers a nuclear attack and Eli and his family are rushed into The Compound late one night, leaving behind Eli's twin brother Eddy and his grandma. Eli's father happens to be one of the richest men on earth and has created The Compound as a safe place for his family of 6 to live safely underground for 15 years. He has thought of everything, an abundance of food, clothing supply through the years, all their favorite things in their own replica underground bedroom. They have been living underground for six years and boredom, and despair are setting in. Eli's father is acting strange, everyone wants out, their food supply is dwindling and their father has begun experimenting with a different food source known as the supplements. Eli wonders if things are OK in the world now and if they could safely leave. Except here is no internet, or phone and they are locked in by a special code. Bodeen has written a thriller that slowly unfolds to reveal a shocking situation in The Compound. The Compound is a compelling and intriguing page turner. Once I started reading The Compound I couldn't stop and devoured it in just 2 days. The Compound is a book that will make you fall in love with its characters and then slowly cause you to question their trustworthiness and question all you know. The Compound is thought provoking. It made me really think about what I would do in a nuclear situation. Obviously I don't have a underground compound but I also don't have a plan for a disaster of huge proportions like this. This is probably because I'm not paranoid but I'm also skeptical that something like a nuclear attack would ever happen. Maybe I'm just in denial. This is scary to think about. Do you have plans for a nuclear attack? Bodeen does a great job of creating suspense. I can't wait to read the sequel! The Fallout, here I come.

        4.0 out of 5 stars
        By OpheliasOwn - Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2013
        A Twist You Won't Expect
        I was excited to find another YA post-apocalyptic novel, but The Compound by SA Bodeen is SO much more than that. In fact, its level of twists, turns, and truly disturbing plot lines will keep you interested through every page. Eli is the son of a brilliant billionaire, Rex, whose technological advances have rocked the world. When he finds out a nuclear attack has occurred, he rushes his family into The Compound, a shelter he has been working on for almost a decade in case just such a thing occurred. When they rushed to get in, though, their grandmother and Eli's twin Eddy are left outside. When Eli shouts that they have to wait for them as the Compound door closes, his father says, "At least I have one of you." Life in the Compound has been growing increasingly precarious despite the monotony and the boredom. The food source that was supposed to last for 15 years has been compromised in many ways. The livestock grain was poisoned, the grow lights were actually normal bulbs, and the food supply would never last for the full 15 years necessary for the radiation to dwindle to safe levels. Rex has found a way to survive for longer, but the result, held behind the yellow door, is something no one in the Compound but Rex is willing to consider. When Eli finds his brother's old computer and picks up a wireless signal (Rex had removed wireless capabilities from all the other computers), he beings to question why they are really in the Compound. Was there really a bomb? Did people survive? Could Eddy and Gram have survived? Is his dad telling them the whole truth? This novel will keep you asking crazy questions from beginning to end. While there is no sex or real violence in this story, it is very disturbing in parts. The lengths Rex will go to survive will leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. At first he is a quirky rich man intent on protecting his family, but as the story unfolds, it is clear he is also more than a bit unstable. I would save this crazy story for a more mature reader, although the reading level is quite accessible. While the life in the Compound is fairly routine, Rex's madness is anything but. This is an amazing, creative, and disturbing story, but make sure not to read it on a dreary day!

        3.0 out of 5 stars
        By Wynne - Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2014
        while I liked the book
        I'm not sure how I have two books listed in my completed reading - both entitled The Compound. I remember seeing both titles and figured out this was the one I wanted to read - and read it I did. Unfortunately, I gave the rating and review for this book to the other book with the same title, but different author, Christina J. Adams. Sorry, Ms. Adams. Essentially, while I liked the book, and I liked the main character, the father was hard to take in. He is a moneymaking genius but acts like a bratty self centered child, who has no care for the lives he endangers (especially his wife and children). The "Supplements" were also hard to swallow - not so much that they existed but everyone's reactions to them. I found it strange and couldn't see a real family acting the way they did towards the Supplements. They didn't appear to be a dysfunctional family until they were put in the compound - so their reactions seemed, well, odd, stiff, hard to empathize with - to me. There were many parts of the story that was interesting and got me thinking about "what would I do" in that situation - but I was so distracted by the "out of character" reactions of the different family members that I had a hard time losing myself in the story and suspending my disbelief. I realize not every author can know everything in order to make a story realistic, and in order to make a plot work - there may be some incredulous details - I'm always ready to suspend my disbelief if the story and characters can draw me in - but they did not. Not a bad read - would recommend it to pre-teenagers - if anything.

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        4.0 out of 5 stars
        By Laura Booksnob - Reviewed in the United States on January 29, 2014
        Compelling!
        The Compound by S. A. Bodeen The world suffers a nuclear attack and Eli and his family are rushed into The Compound late one night, leaving behind Eli's twin brother Eddy and his grandma. Eli's father happens to be one of the richest men on earth and has created The Compound as a safe place for his family of 6 to live safely underground for 15 years. He has thought of everything, an abundance of food, clothing supply through the years, all their favorite things in their own replica underground bedroom. They have been living underground for six years and boredom, and despair are setting in. Eli's father is acting strange, everyone wants out, their food supply is dwindling and their father has begun experimenting with a different food source known as the supplements. Eli wonders if things are OK in the world now and if they could safely leave. Except here is no internet, or phone and they are locked in by a special code. Bodeen has written a thriller that slowly unfolds to reveal a shocking situation in The Compound. The Compound is a compelling and intriguing page turner. Once I started reading The Compound I couldn't stop and devoured it in just 2 days. The Compound is a book that will make you fall in love with its characters and then slowly cause you to question their trustworthiness and question all you know. The Compound is thought provoking. It made me really think about what I would do in a nuclear situation. Obviously I don't have a underground compound but I also don't have a plan for a disaster of huge proportions like this. This is probably because I'm not paranoid but I'm also skeptical that something like a nuclear attack would ever happen. Maybe I'm just in denial. This is scary to think about. Do you have plans for a nuclear attack? Bodeen does a great job of creating suspense. I can't wait to read the sequel! The Fallout, here I come.

        4.0 out of 5 stars
        By OpheliasOwn - Reviewed in the United States on March 30, 2013
        A Twist You Won't Expect
        I was excited to find another YA post-apocalyptic novel, but The Compound by SA Bodeen is SO much more than that. In fact, its level of twists, turns, and truly disturbing plot lines will keep you interested through every page. Eli is the son of a brilliant billionaire, Rex, whose technological advances have rocked the world. When he finds out a nuclear attack has occurred, he rushes his family into The Compound, a shelter he has been working on for almost a decade in case just such a thing occurred. When they rushed to get in, though, their grandmother and Eli's twin Eddy are left outside. When Eli shouts that they have to wait for them as the Compound door closes, his father says, "At least I have one of you." Life in the Compound has been growing increasingly precarious despite the monotony and the boredom. The food source that was supposed to last for 15 years has been compromised in many ways. The livestock grain was poisoned, the grow lights were actually normal bulbs, and the food supply would never last for the full 15 years necessary for the radiation to dwindle to safe levels. Rex has found a way to survive for longer, but the result, held behind the yellow door, is something no one in the Compound but Rex is willing to consider. When Eli finds his brother's old computer and picks up a wireless signal (Rex had removed wireless capabilities from all the other computers), he beings to question why they are really in the Compound. Was there really a bomb? Did people survive? Could Eddy and Gram have survived? Is his dad telling them the whole truth? This novel will keep you asking crazy questions from beginning to end. While there is no sex or real violence in this story, it is very disturbing in parts. The lengths Rex will go to survive will leave the hairs on the back of your neck standing on end. At first he is a quirky rich man intent on protecting his family, but as the story unfolds, it is clear he is also more than a bit unstable. I would save this crazy story for a more mature reader, although the reading level is quite accessible. While the life in the Compound is fairly routine, Rex's madness is anything but. This is an amazing, creative, and disturbing story, but make sure not to read it on a dreary day!

        3.0 out of 5 stars
        By Wynne - Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2014
        while I liked the book
        I'm not sure how I have two books listed in my completed reading - both entitled The Compound. I remember seeing both titles and figured out this was the one I wanted to read - and read it I did. Unfortunately, I gave the rating and review for this book to the other book with the same title, but different author, Christina J. Adams. Sorry, Ms. Adams. Essentially, while I liked the book, and I liked the main character, the father was hard to take in. He is a moneymaking genius but acts like a bratty self centered child, who has no care for the lives he endangers (especially his wife and children). The "Supplements" were also hard to swallow - not so much that they existed but everyone's reactions to them. I found it strange and couldn't see a real family acting the way they did towards the Supplements. They didn't appear to be a dysfunctional family until they were put in the compound - so their reactions seemed, well, odd, stiff, hard to empathize with - to me. There were many parts of the story that was interesting and got me thinking about "what would I do" in that situation - but I was so distracted by the "out of character" reactions of the different family members that I had a hard time losing myself in the story and suspending my disbelief. I realize not every author can know everything in order to make a story realistic, and in order to make a plot work - there may be some incredulous details - I'm always ready to suspend my disbelief if the story and characters can draw me in - but they did not. Not a bad read - would recommend it to pre-teenagers - if anything.