Letter essay: The Compound
I’m reading the book The Compound by S.A Bodeen which is a 272 page fantasy novel. I read this book because it seemed really interesting and I thought I would enjoy it. S.A Bodeen also came to our school and talked about her books and they seemed really cool and intriguing .
S.A Bodeen started off writing picture books for children, than began to write books for young adults starting with The Compound. After that she wrote The Fallout, The raft, The Detour, The Gardener, Ship Wreck Island and Lost.
So far this book is about a boy named Eli who, along with his two sisters and twin brother are all children of a rich scientist. At age nine Eli and his family are rushed into a place called the compound built by his father for safety during a nuclear bomb. When the doors to the compound are closed they realize Eddy (Eli’s twin brother) is trapped out and most likely dead. After the first chapter where we find out all about the compound and Eddy, the book moves 6 years into the future where basically everyone has changed in severe ways. No one living in the compound resembles how they were 6 years ago and no one seems to care, or doesn’t speak up about it except for Eli.
I like the way the author uses multiple “Memory “moments in her writing. I liked this because it shows what life used to be in the early years of the compound or even before they were living there. It gives a lot more information about who the characters are like when Eli is remembering Eddy and his last birthday together and how everyone showed up for Eddy. This part of the book showed that Eli was an outcast and kind of mean to his “friends”.
The Character development is story is strange because many things stay the same but some things also change a lot too. Eli begins to work out and get stronger which is not what I expected from the character. Also no one really mentions Eddy anymore even though he was a big part of their family. Some things that were expected is how mean Eli is to his little sister and how no one in the family stands up to their father even though they are mostly mad at him all the time for keeping them in here.
I was surprised that in all the years that they have been in the compound no one has stood up to their father for redirecting them into this compound, away from their friends and their relatives. I was also surprised by the fact that their mom doesn’t say anything and acts as if she’s okay or even happy about being there as well.
One passage from this book that I liked was “T.S Eliot was wrong. My world ended with a bang the minute we entered the Compound and that silver door closed behind us. The sound was Brutal. Final.An echoing, resouding boom that slashed my nine-year heart in two. My fists beat on the door. I bawled. The screaming left me hoarse and my feet hurt”
I like this passage because it shows how upset Eli was at age nine when they first arrived at the compound. It’s also very descriptive and I liked the way the author used a lot of one word sentences which made me pause for a second.
I really enjoy this book so far and would recommend to a friend. I give it a 9.5 out of 10.