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 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's rather take his chances outside. Eli's father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe - or sorry?
I loved it! It was so neat to envision The Compound, filled with all of the luxuries that the wealthy Yanakakis family was accustomed to in their "real" home above ground, before the nuclear attack. Rex, the family patriarch, filled their underground space with movies, music, and even a gym. The family is "kept in the dark" so to speak, for 6 long years. Until their son Eli becomes suspicious of his father, and attempts some sneaking around behind his father's back. What he stumbles across is shocking...not only to him, but to the rest of his family as well. This was a fast-paced page turner that I highly recommend.