Review: The Compound

Oct •  8 •  2013

I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: The CompoundThe Compound Published by Feiwel & Friends on April 29th 2008
Genres: Young Adult- Dystopian/Post Apocalyptic
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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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.

For Eli, no amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, 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—or sorry?

 Gearing up for a different read, I pick up this book because the synopsis intrigued me. Being trapped in a compound for years captures me. I want to know what happen down there and most of all, I want to know how it all started.

Plot: This story is really well written in dialogue and back round history. Learning how they got down there in the first place, really puts the reader in the characters shoes. How they live, eat and the things they do to keep themselves busy makes me wonder what is going on topside. Each chapter brings forth new details in which you can’t help but follow. It’s like a trail of bread crumbs leading up to some truth that you never see coming.

Family: One thing this story does focus on is on family. It’s all about trusting the father and being loyal to each other. But when things come to question, where does your loyalty lye then? What do you do? Do you trust your father or do you investigate? Well, this is where things get very tricky. I like that these questions posed for some great action and some heart-pounding sneaking around.

 Ending: Over the course of the story, parts are revealed that help the reader piece together the story beautifully. Once the reader learned the truth, it raised the hair on the back of my neck. Not only what this father did was brilliant but it was down right freaky!

After concluding the story, I want to continue it. I think the ending gives the story another base to jump onto. There are still many unanswered questions and I’m hoping that the second book will give more answers. Nicely written and intriguing, The Compound is an excellent unfolding tale.

I give it 4 BITES!


Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Oct 8, 2013

    I was lucky enough to meet Stephanie a couple weeks ago and she was really sweet and outgoing, and that only made me want to pick this book up more! So glad to know you liked it Savy, I do love a book that asks challenging questions:) Lovely review!

  2. Candace
    Oct 8, 2013

    I actually just got this one! The author was at Wordstock so it was interesting learning more about her and her books. Can’t wait to read it!

  3. Kate @ Ex Libris
    Oct 8, 2013

    I really liked The Raft, so I think I’ll be buying The Compound. I like the author’s writing style….

  4. Yay! So glad you liked it!! 🙂

  5. Tanya
    Oct 8, 2013

    I read this one last year and really enjoyed it! I’m so excited The Fallout is now out. I can’t wait to continue the story!

  6. Oh this one got you to think! I love that. It also sounds pretty creepy. Hm… might have to pick it up. 🙂