The CompoundPaperback - 2009
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'drather take his chances outside. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe--really?
The Compound is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
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After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetrated a monstrous hoax on... Read More »
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.
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Eli Yanakakis is an average young boy on vacation with his billionaire dad, Rex Yanakakis, along with his twin brother, two sisters, his mom, and his grandmother. Then, in a few minutes, his life changed forever. A nuclear attack strikes their vacation spot, and nine-year old Eli is forced to flee to a secret and safe place, a compound. There, he finds out that his twin brother did not make it, and that both Eddy and Gram are lost in the nuclear bomb. Here, at the compound, the family must stay for fifteen years, until it is safe to leave.
Six years dread past slowly and painfully. Eli still has not gotten over the death of his twin, and life in the compound begins to be unbearable. Sure, there’s everything you would ever need in it, a library, a gymnasium, a chapel, a greenhouse for food, a living room filled with movies and TV shows, a spa, and each bedroom made especially for its owner. But all of this is reproductions of the real thing, and Eli Yanakakis begins to regret his father’s decisions of keeping his family in this underground home. He finds his brother’s laptop in Eddy’s room, and this discovery led to many more. Turns out, his father was lying all this time, and with a short instant messaging conversation with his dear twin brother, Eli discovers that the world still exists, and the nuclear bomb was nothing but one of his father’s lies.
Now, he is determined to leave this terrible place, and be on earth once more. With the help of his family, Eli uncovered the secret code to the outside, but is stopped by his dad, who turned slightly insane at the fact that his family unappreciated what he tried to do. Rex Yanakakis ordered a helicopter to take his family to another compound, but soon Eddy saves them before their mentally unstable father took it too far, and left their father with the helicopter he planned to take. Though it is not determined whether their father was alive or dead, the family moved on without grief. After all, Rex Yanakakis conquered nothing but trouble for their minds and to themselves. Nothing in the compound proved happiness, and now, Eli and Eddy Yanakakis are ready to face the world once again.
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