by S. A. Bodeen
While the rest of the world has been destroyed by a nuclear bomb, Eli and his family are safe in an underground compound built by his extremely wealthy father. Trapped underground for the last 6 years with no communication with the outside world, 16 year old Eli is beginning to question his survival. Why has he and his sisters survived while his twin perished outside? How are they going to leave when it's finally safe outside? As their food supply diminishes faster than anticipated, Eli is forced to confront everything he believed in, only to discover that nothing is actually as it seems.
The Compound is a book not only about a monstrous betrayal, but about what people will or won't do to survive. Eli's father is a cunningly evil man, who has turned his family into a great experiment in survivalism. Eli himself shows remarkable fortitude in grasping the situation as it develops, and is a character that many teens will identify with. Overall a really good book that was hard to put down.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Grade Level: 8th Grade