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Bunker diary by Kevin Brooks

brooks_bunkerPublisher’s blurb

I can’t believe I fell for it.

It was still dark when I woke up this morning.
As soon as my eyes opened I knew where I was.

A low-ceilinged rectangular building made entirely of whitewashed concrete.
There are six little rooms along the main corridor.

There are no windows. No doors. The lift is the only way in or out.
What’s he going to do to me?
What am I going to do?

If I’m right, the lift will come down in five minutes.
It did. Only this time it wasn’t empty . . .

Kevin Brooks by Nadja Meister

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6 comments on “Bunker diary by Kevin Brooks

  1. This is an extremely frightening story. I hesitate to say it’s my favourite because I have only read two titles from the longlist so far but it is going to be on my shortlist nomination list. Linus finds himself incarcerated, by a mysterious captor, with five other individuals, in an underground bunker. Written in diary form, Linus records the daily torments, the kidnapper subjects them to. The group rely on the goodwill of this malevolent abductor to provide food and heat, which is withdrawn at the merest hint of insurrection on the part of the captives. Will they escape, will they be rescued, will they even survive? You might smile, you might cry, you will be shocked! A thought provoking pageturner. Make up your own mind about the ending!

  2. This book is insane. It is about a boy named Linus who finds himself alone in a bunker after living on the streets for five months. He is soon joined by five other people from varying walks of life and together they try to figure out what is going on and how they will survive.

    This book deals with so many themes and issues in a way which really creates inner conflict within the reader. I particularly loved the way the author explored the concept of time, it is probably the first time I have questioned when I exist, which admittedly seems rather self explanatory. This novel really shook up that idea which I previously regarded as innately obvious and pointless to consider. I have several issues with the ending, as the author must have intended. The unresolvedness of the story does give space for the reader to draw their own conclusions, some people may like this, but I confess to having a preference for closure.

    In the end, this book is thrilling. Throughout the novel the reader is constantly left wondering what on earth is going on and what the next twist will be. They know only what those in the bunker know and they find things out as the characters do, thus the sense of anticipation and foreboding mingled with fear is tangibly felt through the characters. I have mixed feelings about this book, I like the plot idea but even although I know the ending is supposed to leave the reader hanging, I can’t get over my frustration at not knowing what happened in order for me to say that I truly enjoyed this book!

  3. I have only read the first 20 pages of the book but it has already intrigued me to read more.

  4. I thought that this book was very good and packed with lots of very interesting events. I would recommend it too many of my friends

  5. I really enjoyed ‘The Bunker Diary’ I thought it was a very intriguing and gripping story which keeps you guessing the whole way through. I also liked the characters in the story, It was very interesting to see how they coped with their situation. I thought the book was very entertaining and I found it difficult to put it down!

  6. I loved this book with its great storyline of how a rich teenager who runs away trying to escape his life finds himself in a horrible situation. The book had me ingrossed throughout and i would recommend this book to anyone but i do think the ending needed some work.

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