It’s my pleasure to welcome S.A. Bodeen to the blog today, as part of the official blog tour for brand new release (it came out today, actually!): The Fallout, sequel to The Compound! S.A. is going to introduce the series to you, as well as talk about what her life would be like if she lived in an isolated compound like the characters in her books. Also, make sure you scroll to the bottom of the post for a giveaway! Macmillan is so nice to give a paperback of The Compound and a hardback of The Fallout to one winner from my blog’s readers!
S.A Introduces The Compound
My new novel The Fallout comes out September 24th. Whenever people ask what the book is about, I say “It’s the sequel to The Compound.” Now people who’ve read The Compound get a gleam in their eye and say “Oh!”, but if you haven’t yet read The Compound, I’ll need to clue you in. So let me set the stage.
The Compound is about fifteen-year-old Eli Yanakakis, son of billionaire Rex Yanakakis. For the past six years, the entire Yanakakis family has been living in an underground compound which they escaped into during a nuclear attack. Whew, you might think. That was close, eh? Not so fast. I left out a few things. First, Eli’s identical twin Eddy, his second half so to speak, was left on the outside when the door shut. Second, while the rich dad laid in a virtual Costco of supplies meant to last the twenty years they’ll need to spend down there, some problems arise with the food and the once plentiful supply is dwindling. And third and fourth and fifth? Eli does not get along with his parents, his weird little sister has an English accent, and he hates his older sister. Oh, and there is a mysterious room with a yellow door that he never goes in. Good times.
Now if I had my own compound, you know what I would have in it? Food. Movies. Books. My own YMCA. More books. Maybe some of my favorite people. But I definitely would not have a room with a yellow door on it…
After barely escaping from the compound where Eli’s dad kept his family for six years, they’re learning to acclimate to “normal” life—whatever that is for them. It seems like the entire world wants to know what happened to this high profile family.
Slowly they begin to make their way back into the world, but Eli can’t escape the creeping feeling that they’re being watched everywhere they go. But by who?
Eli’s anxiety is heightened as unnerving information continually surfaces about Eli’s dad’s company. Not to mention the sketchy new friend his twin brother Eddy has. Nothing seems to be “normal” anymore. New people are entering their lives—but who can Eli and his family trust?
About S.A. Bodeen
Stephanie is the award-winning author of the Elizabeti’s Doll series of picture books, as well as several others. Her first young adult novel The Compound was released in 2008 and recently won the Maryland BlackEyedSusan Award, Nebraska Golden Sower Award, and the Indiana Young Hoosier Award. Her second YA The Gardener was featured on Good Morning America as a Best Summer Teen Read, and her third YA The Raft was recently named a 2013 Tayshas list title.