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Literature / The Compound

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A 2008 novel, and first full book from author S.A. Bodeen.

Eli Yanakakis, son of ungodly rich mogul Rex Yanakakis, had pretty much anything a kid could want. An awesome twin brother, a life of luxury, trips to faraway destinations. The dream life. All of it comes to end one fateful night, when his father ushers him, his sisters, and mother into an underground compound. Nuclear War. The end of society has befallen the world. And to his horror, Eli realizes his brother, Eddy, and his grandma didn't make it in with them. With no other choice, the Yanakakis clan adjusts to life in The Compound. For six long years. But the monotonous routine is about to be turned on its head, and secrets no one saw coming are going to come to light...


A sequel, known as "The Fallout", was released in 2013.

Tropes featured in this book:

  • Aloha, Hawaii!: The book ends with Eli and his family taking a vacation to Hawaii at his grandmother's house.
  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Eli. Subverted when he messages Eddy with his computer while in the Compound.
  • I am a Humanitarian: The real purpose of the Supplements, should the Compound's food situation come to it.
  • Hates Being Touched: Eli really doesn't like people touching him.
  • Jerkass: Eli for most of the book.
  • Jerk-to-Nice-Guy Plot
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Eli thinks that Terese and Lexie, who were somewhere in the woods, are gone after he leaves the exploding Compound.
  • The Unfavorite: Even Eli knows people liked Eddy more than him.
  • Two Guys and a Girl: The Supplements.
  • When You Coming Home, Dad?: Rex had grown up in an orphanage and, during his kids' childhood, realized he didn't spend enough time with them. So he faked a nuclear attack and made them live with him in an underground bunker for 6 years. He was planning to keep them there another nine, even if that meant they'd have to eat the younger siblings who were born underground. Well, the thought was there...
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  • Would Hit a Girl: Eli and Lexie get into fights sometimes, and Eli throws pillows at Terese after she brought Quinn, one of the Supplements, into his room.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Eli wants to drop Quinn the first time he holds him. Rex is also this when he threatens to hurt Lucas if Eli does not give him the code.

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