Ahoy there mateys . . .
compound (S.A. Bodeen)
I have to admit this book did not do it for me overall. It had an interesting concept – a family has been in an underground bunker for six years due to nuclear threat. The main character, Eli’s daily routine changes one day when he wonders what happened to the rest of the world outside and wants to get out. But his dad doesn’t want him to. Okay so you have a survival story about the end of the world, which I usually enjoy, and the book does get into some details of what living in a compound could be like. I particularly admired some of the details of what the dad chose to put inside the structure for the family’s survival and what the children do with all of their time trapped underground. But overall the plot was too simple for me. Once Eli does decide to evolve and challenge his situation, the story changes too rapidly. Perhaps the book is just too short to do the concept justice. My copy was 247 pages with very large print. I would like to see the characters better fleshed out and a slightly more complex build up to the climax at this point. That being said, the ending had a twist that made me super happy. The elements that I liked outweighed the items I didn’t like so this book does not walk the plank. Apparently there is a sequel called Fallout. Despite wanting a more complex story in the first novel, I do want to know what happens next.
Amazon has this to say about the novel:
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. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only 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―really?
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