The Compound is a fictional young adult novel by S. Bodeen came up with the idea of including cannibalism in the novel after watching a television show where "a dinosaur fed a favorite offspring the bodies of its less fortunate brothers and sisters. Eli is a teenage boy who has been living in an underground compound for the past 6 years since he was 9. His father, the exceedingly wealthy Rex Yanakakis, built it in anticipation of a world-shattering nuclear attack. The facility is fully furnished and contains everything from a movie theater to an extensive library. It even has the capability to raise livestock, enabling the Yanakakis family to maintain a stable food supply for at least fifteen years, the time it would take for conditions outside the compound to return to habitable levels.
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The Compound is a fictional young adult novel by S. Bodeen came up with the idea of including cannibalism in the novel after watching a television show where "a dinosaur fed a favorite offspring the bodies of its less fortunate brothers and sisters.
Eli is a teenage boy who has been living in an underground compound for the past 6 years since he was 9. His father, the exceedingly wealthy Rex Yanakakis, built it in anticipation of a world-shattering nuclear attack.
The facility is fully furnished and contains everything from a movie theater to an extensive library. It even has the capability to raise livestock, enabling the Yanakakis family to maintain a stable food supply for at least fifteen years, the time it would take for conditions outside the compound to return to habitable levels. Yet Eli is desperately unhappy, as his twin brother Eddy and his grandmother aren't there with him, as they were left outside the compound when his family fled.
As time passes in the compound, Eli's mother, Clea, gives birth to three children and is ready to give birth to another. The children are kept in a separate room and Eli avoids ever meeting them, knowing that his father plans on using them as "supplements" for the family's diet.
Despite this, he's still horrified when he discovers that his father plans on cloning a human being in order to provide meat for the family.
Eli eventually gives in to his mother and meets the supplements. He grows to care for them, even trying to persuade one of his other siblings to help save the supplements from their seemingly inevitable death.
Eli eventually stumbles outside his father's office and discovers an active internet connection. Through this, he discovers that his brother Eddy is not only still alive, but that there was no nuclear attack and that everyone believed the Yanakakises died in a fire. Eddy also informs Eli that insanity runs in their family and that their father will likely harm them all.
Angry, Eli confronts his father, who admits that he created the entire scenario as an experiment to test how far everyone would go to survive and to what lengths. Eli manages to knock his father unconscious and brings him to the infirmary, where Eli's mother is beginning to bleed profusely from her pregnancy. Knowing that he must get them out before his father wakes, Eli tries to use a series of clues to discover the combination to the compound's door. He fails to discover and memorize the code before his father reawakens and his father ends up threatening to kill one of his siblings if Eli doesn't hand over the code.
Eli does but manages to figure out the code with the help of his sisters. He's successful in opening the door and escaping but is locked out of the compound by his father without his other family members.
Once outside, Eli is horrified to discover his father has made plans to have an associate help move the family to another compound and destroy the previous one. He tackles his father's associate, but in the process activates the bomb that will destroy the compound.
Eli manages to help his mother and siblings escape, but his father runs into the compound in order to save his research. Scared, abandoned, and uncertain if his father has managed to escape or not, Eli and his remaining family wait in the woods, not knowing what will happen next.
They're surprised when a helicopter arrives, containing Eli's brother Eddy and a search party. The book concludes with Eli's mother giving birth and the FBI continuing their search for the whereabouts of Rex Yanakakis. Despite this, Eli remains hopeful about what the future might bring for him The story picks up a month after the events in the prior book and follows the Yanakakis family as they must deal with the aftermath of their time in the compound.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Compound Author S. Publishers Weekly. Retrieved 15 July Thriving Family. AudioFile Magazine. Categories : American novels American young adult novels Cannibalism in fiction Nuclear war and weapons in popular culture.
The Compound: Book Summary & Characters
Bodeen, acclaimed as the writer of such picture books as Elizabeti's Doll, turns out a high-wire act of a first novel, a thriller that exerts an ever-tighter grip on readers. Eli, the year-old son of a billionaire techno-preneur, has spent the last six years with his family in the massive underground shelter his father has built, knowing that nuclear war has destroyed the world he knows—and killed his grandmother and his twin brother, who couldn't reach the compound in time. With nine years to go before the air outside will be safe to breathe again, the food supply shows signs of running out, but Eli's father has a solution—provided they jettison all morals and ethics. Repulsed and already suspicious, Eli begins investigating his father's claims, and sets up a family death match against a man who grows increasingly irrational and sinister but no less powerful. As far-fetched as the premise may be, Bodeen keeps Eli's actions true to life and uses clues planted fairly and in plain sight.
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No eBook available Macmillan Amazon. What an exciting read "The Compound" turned out to be. The plot line reminded me a little of The City of Ember, but on a much smaller scale with only a billionaire and his family seeking safety Read full review. When Eli is only 9-years old, he and his family minus his Gram and twin brother, Eddy , run to their underground compound and manage to escape the nuclear bomb outside.