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."
My Review: This book was a very unique dystopian, in the way where the REST of the world was still functioning as was normal---but just Eli's family was living in a tiny dystopic world under the ground. Eli's dad starts out seeming pretty awesome; he's wealthy, and the world is apparently supposed to end soon, so he builds this amazing mansion type of thing underground for them. It's seriously amazing, any person's dream house (well---UNDERGROUND dream house...). All in all, the book was okay. It had a great concept and plot, but I felt like there was not enough explanation of the past, their pre-Compound lives, and there was no explanation of the characters' personalities. Also, the book felt rushed; it was very short, and even though it was good, I felt like Bodeen raced through it. There was barely any mystery or dysfunction or anything: it went straight from everything's-fine to oh-god-something-is-wrong in, like, a DAY---and then the escape from the Compound was like a day after THAT. There was barely any suspense, and for that, the book wasn't too amazing.
Cover: The cover's pretty cool; it looks all industrial and man-made and tough, which is supposed to represent the Compound, I guess. It's still pretty awesome.
Overall Grade: C+