When the United States is under nuclear attack the Yanakakisi family thinks they are lucky to have the Compound. Eli, Lexie, and Terese, along with their parents all make it into the underground shelter. Eddy, Eli’s twin, and their grandmother aren’t so lucky. It is six years later; Eli is now... read more
Eli is 9 years old as he is rushed into a nuclear bunker by his father. They would have to spend the next 15 years there with his mother and two sisters. His twin brother and grand----mother couldn't make it to the bunker in time. The bunker is a secret underground bunker that is a palace with... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Eli is 9 years old as he is rushed into a nuclear bunker by his father. They would have to spend the next 15 years there with his mother and two sisters. His twin brother and grand----mother couldn't make it to the bunker in time. The bunker is a secret underground bunker that is a palace with everything that you could every imagine, yet everyone but Eli's father hates it. The first seven years go by with Eli blaming himself for his brother not making it. Eli is the only one in the compound to still work out and stay fit. He likes basketball and dislikes his sisters.
One day Eli walks into his brother's room for the first time where he sees that his brothers laptop is charged. His father had switched Eli's computer a long time ago for an upgrade. Eli opened the laptop to find of all things he was connected to the internet. He can't believe it. Soon after his father walks in and takes the laptop from him saying that it was too out of date. This is where Eli begins to distrust his father. Eli sneaks into his father's room and connects to the internet again to once again get connected to the internet; but this time his IM user name says the following friends are online: Twinyan1.
His brother Eddy who was alive? His Dad had lied to him and his sisters and mother. There was no nuclear bomb. It was all a test to see if the bunker would work. The rest of the world thought the people inside the bunker were dead. His father tries to stop the family from leaving and even tries to kill them. However Eli got the door opened early so the hidden bombs inside the compound begin their timer. Now Eli and his father run back inside, Eli gets the rest of the family and they escape. His father's fate is unknown-he may have escaped or died; it is unclear which. The book has a happy ending with the family being saved minus his father who fate is unknown!
“"I would have rather had a dad with change jingling in his pocket; one who would have spent the last forty minutes of the world raking leaves for his kids to jump in, so that they perished in one loud, bright instant, giggles still bubbling up from their bellies, never suspecting a thing. Yeah, well. Tough luck, rich boy."”
“" Gram's dead, Eddy's dead. Get over it. Grow the hell up."”Eli to terese
“The world ends not with bang but with a wimper”
You don’t have to be loud or forceful to take up a lot of space in the world.Highlighted by 41 Kindle customers
This is the way the world ends Not with a bang but a whimper.Highlighted by 25 Kindle customers
Oppenheimer himself later quoted some old text: “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds.”Highlighted by 22 Kindle customers
I would have rather had a dad with change jingling in his pocket; one who would have spent the last forty minutes of the world raking leaves for his kids to jump in, so that they perished in one loud, bright instant, giggles still bubbling up from their bellies, never suspecting a thing.Highlighted by 19 Kindle customers
As for the ones in the yellow room, I couldn’t say. I’d never seen them.Highlighted by 17 Kindle customers
I was surprised they left out: Place unopened pouch on ground and pee on it.Highlighted by 16 Kindle customers
I realized it was a mistake to assume gentleness was akin with weakness.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
July 16 wasn’t just my birthday. It was also the anniversary of the day we entered the Compound.Highlighted by 13 Kindle customers
A touch like that was meant for someone good. For someone who deserved it. A touch like that was not meant for someone like me.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
But I could still, for once in my life, do the right thing.Highlighted by 8 Kindle customers
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