Saturday, June 8, 2013

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen Review

"Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they've become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy.

For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. 

As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can't help but wonder if he'd rather take his chances outside. 

Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—or sorry?"

After reading the synopsis, your mind goes blank. Your thoughts may be "Eli's father is a psychopath" or "What?" Most likely both the first and latter.

Before Reading: My friend recommended this book because she said that this book "is pretty good." Because, I needed a book to read during SSR, I took it without question. I took a lot of books that day along with The Compound. I think I took the Kill Order too. Anyway, I'm getting off topic, so let's move on to talk about The Compound. 

The plot... WOW!

I know right! Every twist was amazing and surprising. It is totally unexpected kind of like Rick Riordan with his Mark of Athena ending. That little paragraph at the end of the was the final blow of the Compound.

The writing was clear. The words were descriptive and understandable. It was enjoyable to read the Compound. I hope there is a book after The Compound.


Eli... It took you six years to question your father. I call that weak. Eli may be a character who believes others, but he is a good character. He's antisocial, by choice. He doesn't want his family to touch (as in hugs, high-fives, or any physical contact. Nothing wrong, of course) him because of the 'death' of his brother. He's broken in half ever since he has been separated from his brother. (They are twins, actually.) 

The father... The evil person in this book other than his followers. I don't really like him that much, but that's the point. He's a genius that has gone to the wrong side of his mind. A genius. He's from a poor background. His reasons for building the Compound isn't clear, but we know for sure that he's crazy compared to normal people's standards. Brilliant like Mad-Eye Moody, but on the bad side. (He's the Lord Voldemort in this book. The Darth Vader. Too bad Eli isn't named Luke. That would have been hilarious.) 

The clones... Wow... That just proved that the father is really a genius. He cloned whole bunch of  babies of his family. So there is this little Eli. But I don't care that they are clones. They are so adorable and cute. And they are children.

The mother... The father obviously has been mentally and maybe physically abusing Eli's mother. The mother is weak in the Compound. She tries to be strong for her children, but is weak and tired inside. She accidently poisoned her husband. (Please try to poison him again. I hate him very much).

The sisters of Eli... They want Eli to be like his twin brother. But Eli isn't his twin. Despite all that physical similarities, Eli isn't his twin. They have a love and hate relationship with Eli. Eli constantly bickers with them. 

Rating: Four out of Five

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