Review- The Compound

The Compound
By: S.A. Bodeen
Release Date: April 29th, 2008
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

I picked this book up off of one of those “Blind Date With A Book” tables at Barnes & Noble. The description of this book read “Let’s build a fortress to protect our family. Oh shit! We can’t get out!” That, along with the genre of YA being marked on the wrapped book I decided it could be interesting. Purchasing the book (along with a stack of others) I came home and opened the gift I’d given to myself, hoping it was the right choice off the table.

When I saw the cover of The Compound staring up at me I was intrigued. I knew I’d seen the book in the store before but didn’t know much about it so I flipped the book over and read the synopsis on the back learning that this was the story of a boy named Eli who, along with most of his family, was living in an underground bunker of sorts that was created by his father years ago. Now, having been underground for six years the carefully created safe haven is not so safe afterall.

I admit while I liked the concept of the book and I really enjoyed moments in it wasn’t in love with the characters and not connecting to any of them, not even Eli, really made this book a struggle to read. Instead of connecting to them and being concerned I was mildly intrigued to know how things would play out. When the plot shifted and it was “go time” for things to happen I did become a bit more interested, if only because there was so much action going on I needed to be invested to track what was happening.

Overall this was a good book and I may pick up book two, The Fallout, eventually but it isn’t a top priority right now. If you like dystopian novels you may want to give this a shot. Even if I didn’t fully connect with the book it was still a pleasant enough read.

About author

Brittney Soban

Brittney is a writer, reader and general lover of all things that end up printed on a page. With a few published poems and a lot of unpublished stories and novels she spends her days doing a nine to five job while wishing she was home working on the worlds she loves to create. As “punishment”, her and her brothers were banned from watching television for a week, leading to Brittney deciding that the free books at the library were better than TV and, in a very Matilda fashion, she took home loads of books every day and has never looked back. A reader of all types of literature, she will read practically anything put in front of her as long as something within it, no matter how small, sparks her interest. Give her high fantasy, science fiction, mystery, it doesn’t matter, but her love does lie within the fantasy and YA genres. A series junkie on top of everything else, she picks and chooses when to begin a series based on how many standalone books also await her attention in her to be read pile. Once she starts a series she will read every installment available back to back until she finishes a series or is forced to wait for the next publication. Called a book dragon by her boyfriend, the term is fitting as she owns more books than anything else and is quite sure her obituary will state she died under an avalanche of books. She truly wouldn’t have it any other way.

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