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Publisher's Summary

"Dad asked me if I wanted to see more of the Compound. I didn't. We would have to wait fifteen years before it would be safe to go outside. Which left more than enough time to see the rest of the Compound. "Our new world. A world I would soon hate."
Eli and his family have lived in the Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. Now, they can't get out.
He won't let them.
©2008 S.A. Bodeen (P)2008 Brilliance Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive." ( Kirkus Reviews)
"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)

2008 Parents' Choice Recommended
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Customer Reviews

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1 out of 5 stars
By Ana on 09-08-17

Messed up.

Bought this because we were reading it in school, and it's nice to hear it as well as read it. Let me just say, this book takes messed up and brings it to its own whole new level. That is coming from someone who really enjoyed The Hunger Games. I'm appalled that our school would have us read it. If you want to know why it's so messed up you can keep reading for spoilers.


The dad is holding the family captive and he's making the mother have kids for the family to get to know but then force them to eat. It is sick.


All in all it is well written if you can get passed the grotesque parts of the plot. I did enjoy how relatable Eli is, and how it all ends. I do not fail to see the brilliance embedded in the work. I just found it particularly messed up and hard to get past.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Lillian on 02-24-18

Category TEEN

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I believe the younger generation would find this book very interesting ! I bought this book without checkin category did give low ratings but would rather not rate this book . I am 85 and found no interest in the story line .

Would you ever listen to anything by S. A. Bodeen again?

Believe she writes for teens .

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Narrator did a fine job

Any additional comments?

I feel this story is a great book just out of my area of interest

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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