This book was a great thriller. Amazing to read during the day when you don't want to sleep. Not so much at night. I loved the fact that Bodeen used very different main characters. It's not often you see the rich as people who don't have that great of a chance at survival. I also loved the idea of the compound. It was scary but not to much. I feel like the characters did not play as big as a role in this story, rather the setting was the main highlight. Even so let's talk about the characters:
Eli: He seems like a fairly normal teenage boy. I guess I couldn't relate to him. He'd "lost' a twin brother and I don't think about that as much. He had teenage boy problems. Problems where he didn't want to be touched. i didn't get it.
Lexie: Eli's adopted older sister. She danced. I didn't find that I knew alot about her except that she was cranky all the time.
Terese: Eli's younger sister. She doesn't seem to remember much of the outside world. She loves the children, that I can relate too.
Eli's Dad: What a crack pot?! He was just bloody insane and I hope he died. I think he did honestly. He couldn't have survived that explosion. He was amazingly talented before things went down hill.
Eli's Mom: What a nice woman. She has power and will. She loves Eli's Dad in the beginning, but he's just crazy.
Lucas: What a sweetheart! My favorite character.
Favorite/Memorable Lines and Moments:
"At first, Dad refused. He said we should be at home going to science and math camps. But Gram marched into his office, dressed in a hibiscus-covered muumuu. She emerged a few minutes later, wide smile on her face. Dad had been close behind, a frown on his."
"Through the barrier of her blanket, I grabbed her arm and twisted it behind her back, forcing her face into the back of the couch. 'Now I'm not positive, but I'm pretty sure I can take you.' "
"Two ovens sat side by side on one wall. They were the Hansel and Gretel type, big enough to shove a good-size witch inside."
"Lexi stopped when she noticed me and stood with one hand on her jutted-out hip, the other holding up a middle finger.
Acknowledging her greeting with a wave, I called out in Mandarin, 'Si san ba.' Years ago I'd told her it was an affectionate term for a 'big sister.' I'd have to find a new phrase if she ever discovered what nasty word it actually meant."
"my dreams that night, like so many other nights, were of food. Cheeseburgers, loaded with bacon and mayo and ketchup. Seasoned curly fries, greasy and dripping in mustard. Milk shakes, thick slices of strawberry cheesecake, hot fudge sundaes.
When i woke up, my pillow was wet with drool and my stomach growled."
"Everything had to be accounted for. Every jar of pickles. Every bottle of laundry detergent. Every box of feminine hygien products. Lovely."
" 'Lucas, do you think you can squeeze throug there?'
'I think so.'
'You might get a little more dirt on you.'
His eyes widened. 'Real dirt? Like where the worms in my book live?' "
Hope you guys enjoyed this book. The next book I'm planning on reading is Almost Home by Jessica Blank.