The Compound

The Compound

A Novus Octo Novel

Fiction - Dystopia
257 Pages
Reviewed on 01/13/2017
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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite

The Compound by Robert Sean Morrison is a stellar work with a setting that lovers of the dystopian genre will be delighted to revel in. It’s the aftermath of the Third Civil War, and the United States has undergone tremendous changes — economic, political, and social — and the country is divided into eight sections, now renamed. With the breakdown of the country comes the stratification of people based on knowledge.

Ethan Sharp, an orphan, finds himself in a very privileged group, but his instincts don’t want him there. Working close to Dr. Jarek Thorne, his superior, Ethan gets to know prejudice and injustice from close quarters and, restless, he is determined to make change happen. Powerful events involving the loss of his caregiver and falling in love will thrust him into making decisions that will affect the lives of many people, and of the Novus Octo itself. Can he follow through with what he has started?

Robert Sean Morrison has written a very beautiful story around a compelling and interesting character, a story with many lessons for readers. Ethan Sharp is a character that readers will love to follow, the kind of man who stands out, a man with the courage to follow his heart in spite of the policies and common practices in his society. The plot is fast-paced and character-driven, well-imagined and executed with mastery. The writing is excellent, rippled with powerful and engrossing images. The Compound is a gripping tale, an exciting read with a great setting, exciting storyline, endearing themes, and great conflict.

Benjamin Ookami

After a third civil war, Novus Octo became the new America. Communications and trade with other countries have stopped. One's living conditions are ceremoniously determined by intelligence tests. No one is allowed to enter or leave the country. Bred in a laboratory, Ethan Sharp lives and works in a Compound in Section 7. He makes a choice one day that comes back to haunt him. Dr. Thorne, a heartless and ambitious scientist who runs the Compound that Ethan has lived in all his life, tortures and maims innocents for the sake of science. One day, when a man chooses to speak out freely in public, he is assassinated. Imprisoned within the Compound is a young woman named Claire. Will Ethan allow Dr. Thorne to harm her?

Robert Sean Morrison's The Compound: A Novus Octo Novel is a dystopian science fiction read. Ethan Sharp has stood idly by as Dr. Thorne performed his heartless crimes against humanity. Never one to back down from a fight and hardly one to miss a target with a gun, Ethan has the type of appearance that muscular men might mistakenly scoff at. Ethan himself does not know the true limits of his fighting capabilities. Ethan might not be the most ideal action hero, but his persona makes him the perfect candidate to thwart the evil Dr. Thorne's plans. Showing readers how a seemingly insignificant action performed by one individual can inspire change on a massive scale, The Compound is a must-read for fans of dystopian fiction.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

The world isn’t the perfect world it was supposed to be and, for Ethan, there is much to question about what happens around him. But he will have to fight back against something far greater than himself and far more powerful in order to do it. The experiments are wrong, but when he is handed the opportunity to make a difference and the chance to take on what he’s been waiting for, is he really going to take it? Or will he back down from the fight? The Compound by Robert Sean Morrison is only the start to finding that answer for all of them and for the future of the world.

The Compound is an intriguing book and it’s one that I’m going to be following up with because there are more books to come. It was really well written and the characters were ones you could relate to. Anyone would want to find out more about them and what’s going on, plus this book holds great things for any reader. It has romance, adventure, action, and plenty more throughout. I definitely will be looking for the next one and anyone else who reads it will be too. The Compound by Robert Sean Morrison is something that none of us hopes will happen to our world, but it’s something that we can see being the future of our technological advancements. It’s about a whole lot more than just Ethan or even Dr. Thomas, Claire or Dr. Thorne. It’s about the future of the entire world that they live in.