Reviews for Compound

AudioFile Reviews 2008 August/September
Debut author Bodeen creates a thrilling young adult tale that is sure to engage adults as well. Set somewhere near the time of the apocalypse, the story tells of Eli and his family, who are forced to live in the compound his father has built for them. Eli doesn't know why his father refuses to let them leave. Narrator Christopher Lane captures every character with honesty and believability. Lane brings his audience into the story, placing them right inside the compound with the family. Appropriately, the story emits a palpable feeling of claustrophobia, but the exciting plot twists and explosive action keep listeners engaged. L.B. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 September

Gr 8 Up-- Following a nuclear holocaust, nine-year-old Eli and his family race into the underground compound his billionaire father created in this post-apocalyptic novel (Macmillan/Feiwel & Friends, 2008) by S.A. Bodeen. The hatch is slammed shut, but without Eli's twin and their grandmother. The family must stay underground for 15 years until the radiation levels are safe. Fast forward six years and Eli is beginning to have some doubts, as do his two sisters and mother. They have trusted their father, but now he is behaving strangely. Eli believes that his father created the entire scenario as some kind of sick hoax, right down to cloning and creating human babies, The Supplements, who might actually be needed someday as a food supply. Repulsed and frightened, Eli teams with his sisters, his mother, and The Supplements in a race to discover what is really going on, what happened that fateful night, and how to escape the powerful madman who has them trapped. Suspense galore is brought to life by Christopher Lane's masterful reading, fraught with tension, anger, and a gamut of powerful emotions. The taut, fast-moving plot will grip listeners.--Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY

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