The Compound

The Compound

A Novus Octo Novel

Fiction - General
257 Pages
Reviewed on 08/01/2016
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Author Biography

Sean Morrison has known he has wanted to be a writer from a young age. He considers himself a huge nerd with Star Wars, Superhero and Harry Potter expertise. Challenge him to a knowledge duel at any time. You can usually find him on the couch drinking a Chai tea and discussing the results of the latest Yankees game with his soon-to-be wife. Sean currently resides in Ponchatoula, Louisiana with his mountain of DVDs.

Book Review

Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

The Compound: A Novus Octo Novel by Robert Sean Morrison is an exciting read, a combination of sci-fi and thriller that will entertain readers in a huge way. After a grueling Civil War, the country is divided into eight different sections, and into a class system comprising three distinct categories of people. It is in this setting that the story of Ethan Sharp, an exceptionally gifted boy is told. Ethan is a character with a keen sense of justice, and when he notices that Jarek Thorne, who heads the Medical Research Department in Section 7, may not be working within a strict code of ethics, he decides to do something. And what becomes of him from this moment will thrill readers immensely.

I enjoyed how Robert Sean Morrison used the first person narrative, and the voice comes across as clear and strong, absorbing readers from the very first page into the narrator’s viewpoint. The writing is crisp and tightly knit, laced with intelligent dialogue and literary elements that add beauty to the story. The Compound features very compelling and complex characters, and readers will love to follow the conflict between Jarek Thorne and Ethan Sharp. There is nothing predictable in the plot, and I enjoyed the way the author develops the conflict. The writing is suspenseful, designed to make readers guess in anticipation. I was curious when I read the lines from Robert Frost at the opening of this story, but it seems they translate the whole message and theme of the story: the freedom of walking the road less traveled. This is another good book from a skilled author, one I’ll recommend to fans of sci-fi and thrillers.

Deborah Lloyd

A new government, called Novus Octo (New Eight), exists after the United States of America’s Third Civil War. Because nineteen-year-old Ethan Sharp is a high-level scorer, he is assigned to a medical research facility in Compound 13. He reports to Dr. Jarek Thorne, who is a knowledgeable but sadistic researcher. Ethan’s world changes when Dr. Thorne’s latest victim is Ms. Fischer, the woman who raised him. Ethan was a “Labby”, or a lab-baby, meaning he had no biological family, but Ms. Fischer provided a home for him. Being a high-level scorer, versus a mid-level scorer, or a Lost, had some privileges. The assassination of Compound 13’s rational leader – and Ethan’s unplanned meeting of the lovely Claire - leads to a frightening and chaotic journey for Ethan in The Compound: A Novus Octo Novel by Robert Sean Morrison. Who to trust and how to survive become his main goals.

The action is fast-paced, gripping, and intriguing throughout this novel. There are many unexpected moments and nail-biting scenes, and the reader is engaged from the first page to the last. Robert Sean Morrison writes a harrowing, suspenseful tale in The Compound: A Novus Octo Novel. The writing is crisp, and the descriptions are so clear one can imagine life in this incomprehensible new world order. Dialogue between characters is authentic, revealing each character’s values and priorities. The relationship between Ethan and Claire is a central focus, and the reader sees the contradictions in her character and her actions. There are many twists and turns in the plot, and many of the puzzle pieces do not fit into place until the last few pages. An intriguing novel!