The Best Moments In Reading Are When You Come Across Something- A Thought, A Feeling, A Way At Looking At Things- Which You Had Thought Special And Particular To You. And Now, Here It Is, Set Down By Someone Else, A Person You Have Never Met, Someone Who Is Even Long Dead. And It Is As If A Hand Has Come Out, And Taken Yours.

Alan Bennett

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Compound

The Compound by S.A. Bodeen
Title: The Compound
Author: Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen
Publisher: Macmillan
Publication Date: April 29, 2008
Genre: YA, dystopian, science fiction
Length: 248 pages
Format: Paperback
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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. For Eli, 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. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary-and their sanity- Eli can't help but wonder if he'd rather take his chances outside. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe- or sorry?

Sorry I didn't write for a long time and I could make up all these fabulous excuses like that I was in a country for a month so exotic and far away that the locals never heard of the internet thus making my task of writing a new post quite impossible, (the truth is I just had no time since it was the end of school and I had to finish all these exams, plus it was my birthday six days ago so we celebrated and my relatives came and I'm so sorry but I really had no time.) Anyways, to tell the truth the only reason why I started reading The Compound in the first place was because we were to have an author visit back at my school and the author visiting was the author of the Compound, S.A. Bodeen (more about the author's visit later). So right away I ordered three of her books right away from Book Depository (the Raft, the Compound, and the Fallout). First of all I just really wanted her to sign my books, and second of all since I never heard of S.A. Bodeen before I thought the Compound would really just prove to not be that good, after looking at the cover again and reading what it was about I suddenly wasn't that sure it would be my type of book. I just don't really like Sci-Fi that much overall except if it proves to be really good. When I started reading I found myself enjoying it a lot and I was suddenly really happy I bought it.

The compound is a book about Eli whose billionaire father mr. Yanakakis is building a super luxurious nuclear bomb shelter, because of his interest in nuclear bombs. However one day Eli wakes up to find himself being told by his father that nuclear attak really is happening and their entire family has to evacuate into the nuclear shelter called the compound. However Eli's twin accidentally get's left behind. Eli is left with guilty thoughts since it is his fault his twin got left behind. It's told from Eli's point of view making the story new and fresh. The characters change vividly over the chapters. The story is however about people trying to survive a nuclear war so there are some desperate and gruesome parts. Reader please be warned! No seriously some parts were disgusting. Overall book was great recommend it!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

And the super belated "Pick of the Month" book is

Okay.... this book was awesome! You know how you sometimes read or watch a super cliché book or movie and it just kind of ruins it for you that you know what will happen!? Yeah I hate that and since just so many detectives are like that I try to avoid them in general (except Agatha Christies) which I know is not good but I just can't help myself. Hmm... "Human frightened to death by detective story!" Sounds promising enough. Anyways I read the reviews after I ordered the book (always a great idea). I read the reviews and "BOOM!" It clearly said it was a detective style activity book. I pinky promise I almost burst out crying. I was actually a little sad all the way until the package came, and I was amazed at how much fun it was. I sat in my room for about three hours reading and finishing it. I highly recommend to anyone artsy or in need of some serious therapy only with a box of pencils and pens.