The Compound

Flyer By: Joseph Birch

The Compound

The Compound, is a fictional novel by S.A. Bodeen, that tells the story of Eli Yanakakis and his survival in an underground compound created by his father. His father, Rex Yanakakis, is a wealthy business man who anticipated a nuclear attack and built the compound to shelter his family. However, in the attempt to reach the compound, Eli's twin and grandmother are supposedly killed before they could enter the compound. Are they really dead? Was there really a nuclear attack? After six long years in the compound, Eli starts questioning if all the information his father told them was true. His sibling and mother also have their suspicions and try to discover the truth. Will they find the answers they are looking for or will they discover the dark secrets contained in the compound?


S.A. Bodeen grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin. Her first friends were cows, which she named after characters in books. From there she went on to be a Peace Corps volunteer in East Africa, and has lived in seven states, as well as a remote Pacific island. She adores books and is a big fan of cheese and currently lives in Oregon.

General Information

Genre: Young-Adult Fiction

Page Count (Paperback): 272 pages

Published: April 29, 2008

Personal Review

I chose this book based on it's title, cover, and description on the back of the book. I enjoy mysterious and post-apocalyptic story lines were not everything is clearly given and stated. In a life or death situation, this book wouldn't be my most favorable last read, but wouldn't be the worst. When faced with a life or death situation, I would prefer an inspiring and hopeful book instead of a gloomy, and mysterious book like The Compound.

I would recommend this book to people who enjoy post-apocalyptic stories and the dark and dreary side that follows.

Likes/Dislikes and a Connection

I enjoyed the post-apocalyptic genre and setting of this book. Having a gloomy and dreary setting adds to the atmosphere of the book. I also enjoyed how the characters acted towards one another. Their actions and behaviors also add to the atmosphere of distrust and mystery inside of the compound. I also enjoyed the the ending of the book. It kept me on the edge of my seat.

Although this book was enjoyable, there were some moments were it went from enjoyable to creepy. When Eli uncovers one of the many dark secrets of the compound, the story becomes twisted and strange. I also found Eli's father to be very strange and mysterious.

I feel like Eli's struggle with his siblings relates to my personal trouble and experience with my sister.

Favorite Quote

“My dad was never one of those dads you could ask for a quarter if you saw a gumball machine. Instead he had one of those black American Express cards not available to general public. Gumball machines didn’t have slots for those.” Page 60

I believe that this quotes resembles the type of society we see in reality. Some parents are focused on the business side of everything that they sometimes rarely focus on the small things in life and believe them to be insignificant.

Book Trailer for The Compound by S.A. Bodeen