BES Book Report: The Compound by Mitra Harrison

  • Exposition: Background

    Exposition: Background
    Rex Yanakis is a billionaire because he created a computer software program. The Yanakis family lived in Seattle, Washington before a nuclear war forced them to live in the compound for 12 years.
  • Exposition: Setting

    Exposition: Setting
    The compound is located underground in a forest of Seattle, Washington. It has 60 rooms including a supplement room (nursery), code activated metal door, and an inventory room. The compound is made of iron and steel for protection.
  • Exposition: Characters

    Eli - 15 years old, long hair, dosn't let anyone touch him, and plays the trumpet
    Terese - younger sister, 12 years old, always has hair in braids, english accent, speaks french, and plays the oboe
    Lexie - older sister, 17 years old, health fanatic, plays piano, dances, always sides with dad, and is adopted
    Clea - mom, caring and compassionate, plays the cello, and is hawaiian and chineese
    Eddy - Eli's lost twin and loves beef jerky
    Rex - dad, computer genius, billionaire, and is secretive
  • Conflict

    Supplies will run out a year before 12 years. The family might have to rely on consuming the supplements.
  • Period: to

    The Compound

  • Rising Action 1

    Rising Action 1
    The cows, sheep, and all livestock are accidentley poisoned with arsenic (rat poison).
  • Rising Action 2

    Rising Action 2
    Eli gets connected to the internet on Eddy's old laptop. He finds music downloaded a week ago. There should be no internet connection after a nuclear war when you'r buried under the ground.
  • Rising Action 3

    Dad says he's in touch with a survivor from Canada. He tells Eli not to tell his mother or sisters about it.
  • Rising Action 4

    Rising Action 4
    Eli remembers Christmas 6 years ago and how his dad ordered turducken (turkey stuffed with duck stuffed with chicken). He overheard his dad's accountant Phil, saying Rex ordered turducken to see how many vegetarians would eat it and it was all just a game.
  • Rising Action 5

    Dad wants Eli to help clone the supplements so it will be easier to consume a fake one and increase the protein supply. When Eli refuses Lexi takes his place.
  • Rising Action 6

    Rising Action 6
    Eli visits supplements and meets Lucas. Lucas shows him his russian nesting dolls and says theres a mystery inside. Mom says she would never hurt the supplements.
  • Rising Action 7

    Eli IMs Eddy and Gram. They say there was never a nuclear war and Rex was lying. Gram says the tabloids were right about Rex's biological mother being mentally insane.
  • Climax : Turning Point

    Climax : Turning Point
    Rex admits he made up there being a nuclea war and he wanted to see how far his family would go to survive. Eli gets so angry he punches his dad in the face.
  • Falling Action 1

    Falling Action 1
    Rex gets ergotism from the poisoned bread Clea accidentley fed him. He reveals the door code although to fast to hear exact numbers. He gives a hint : Turducken.
  • Falling Action 2

    Mom gets severely sick from having too many babies at an old age. Eli gets his hair cut by Lexi.
  • Falling Action 3

    Falling Action 3
    Lexi remembers dad once told her while they were eating turducken "theres a mystery inside". Eli realizes the note might be in Lucas's nesting dolls. He finds a french note in the center of the nesting dolls.
  • Falling Action 4

    Falling Action 4
    Terese translates that "hautbais" means oboe in french. They find an invisible inked note in Terese's oboe case.
  • Falling Action 5

    Falling Action 5
    Eli remember show to reveal invisible ink with amonia fumes. He finds out the code but only remembers certain numbers. Dad threatens to kill Lucas if Eli dosn't give him the code.
  • Resolution 1

    Eli remembers certain numbers of the code. Because one number is his birthday they think its only the dates of their birthdays. Eli realizes its the dates of famous nuclear attacks.
  • Resolution 2

    Resolution 2
    Eli and Lucas open the door. Dad attacks but, Eli kicks him away and he gets knocked out. When they are finally outside a helicopter appears and Phil (Rex's old accountant) steps out.
  • Resolution 3

    Resolution 3
    Phil was in on the secret the whole time and was helping Rex. Eli accidentally hits the self destruct button. Everyone gets out safley except Dad and Phil. Eddy and Gram are reunited with the rest of their family.