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The Bunker Diary [Paperback]

Kevin Brooks
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Book Description

7 Mar 2013

WINNER OF THE 2014 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL.

Room meets Lord of the Flies, The Bunker Diary is award-winning, young adult writer Kevin Brooks's pulse-pounding exploration of what happens when your worst nightmare comes true - and how will you survive?

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 . . .

Praise for The Bunker Diary:

[Kevin Brooks'] pacey plots . . . have made him a cult among teens. This, though, is the big one. It should be read by everyone. - Amanda Craig, The Times

Kevin Brooks has won the Branford Boase Award and been shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Award, the Booktrust Teenage Prize, the Manchester Book Award and for the Carnegie Medal (for Martyn Pig, Road of the Dead and Black Rabbit Summer).

Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God (published as Dawn in the USA), iBoy and Naked for Penguin. He now lives in North Yorkshire.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (7 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141326123
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141326122
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A compulsive, atmospheric mystery (Sunday Times)

A masterly writer (Mail on Sunday)

Hugely readable . . . confoundedly gripping (The Independent on Sunday)

[Kevin Brooks'] pacey plots . . . have made him a cult among teens. This, though, is the big one. It should be read by everyone. (Amanda Craig The Times)

About the Author

Kevin Brooks was born in Exeter and studied in Birmingham and London. He had a varied working life, with jobs in a crematorium, a zoo, a garage and a post office, before - happily - giving it all up to write books. Kevin is the author of Being, Black Rabbit Summer, Killing God, iBoy and Naked for Puffin. He now lives in North Yorkshire. The Bunker Diary won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2014.

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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a word of caution 7 Jan 2014
Format:Paperback
My son had to read this for a school project. He's 12 years old, very bright and pretty level-headed but this really shook him up: he finished reading it in bed and came downstairs afterwards because he couldn't sleep, and was still very upset the next morning. So I picked up the book and read the last 20 pages or so, and I can see why. It reads very much like a Stephen King short story, and is in no way tempered to suit the younger reader. Now, I'm a huge King fan and started reading him in my mid-teens, and from what I've read of The Bunker Diary it seems very well-written; I'm sure my son will get over it and they'll no doubt have a very interesting discussion in school about it. But please be aware that it's intense, bleak and unsettling. If you're buying it for your child, read it first!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Carnegie Winner (so far!!!) 16 Jun 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I'm 11years old and I read this as part of a Carnegie book quiz at the library for my school reading team, and I must say it blew me away. This kind of book is one you remember forever, well in my case anyway. I like reading books about human nature and thought patterns, and it intrigued from the very start: you're a teenager, you live on the streets, and you're suddenly trapped with some older people who are going mad, and a liitle kid to look after. What do you do?

The answer is stay alive. And how? Read and dicover...
An incredibly truthful book, true to everything we would do in that situation. Yes, it's disturbing, but you're not actually that kid are you? Worse things happened in the Holocaust, and still happen now. I say learn from and don't forget this book. Read it. You won't regret it.

p.s. I'd avoid it if you get nightmares
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carnegie Medal Winning Masterpiece 19 July 2014
By Mr. Ed VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
As an English teacher of 12-13 year olds, I am constantly on the look out for challenging novels that will enthuse and hold the attention. I am looking for books that contain mature themes, and deal with harsh realities. The genre is largely irrelevant - I am no snob when it comes to reading - a book is a book!

This book has recently been awarded the Carnegie Medal (2014) for Children's books, and is well deserving of this award. Kevin Brooks stated that 'Children don't need happy endings', and they certainly aren't going to find any in this book.

As an adult, I tore through this incredibly gripping book in a number of hours - 'page turner' is a phrase that could have been invented for 'The Bunker Diary'. My pupils were all similarly engrossed by it, and it provided material for many fruitful and stimulating discussions.

Buy it for your 13-year old, buy it for yourself. You won't be able to put it down, but you won't feel the same by the end!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
A brave, powerful book which went places I didn't expect it to. Definitely not for younger readers, or for those who want everything explained at the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars needs to go in room 101 21 April 2014
Format:Paperback
Very shocking and deliberately so. The only purpose of this book to me is to guard vulnerable young people against becoming a victim themselves, in which case, it does retain a place on the shelves.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, but Utterly Disturbing! 3 July 2013
Format:Paperback
Rating: 6/10

The Bunker Diary is a brilliantly written novel. This is the first book I've read by Kevin Brooks, and I have to say that he's a very talented author. The synopsis caught my attention for this novel. It seemed mysterious and creepy. I was intrigued to find out more. So I bought it and started reading straight away.

Right from the beginning The Bunker Diary was a page turner. I was up 'till all hours reading. It had such a mysterious story line, and I couldn't put it down. A very gripping novel during the beginning. But about halfway through the book the story line started to get a bit bland. I was always expecting something to happen, something big, but nothing did. Very clever, Kevin Brooks. But not clever enough. You everything was building up for a climax, but we were disappointed. You left us stranded. And that's when The Bunker Diary started to bore me.

"I thought he was blind. That's how he got me."

It was at that point, halfway through the book, that I realised that there weren't any twists, and it didn't look like there would be. The situation the characters were in didn't seem to be changing one bit. But I still had that little bit of hope that the ending would make up for this. That Kevin Brooks purposefully kept us waiting for a spectacular finale. I was wrong.

The ending left me disappointed and quite disturbed. It was a very unsatisfying ending. I felt empty after finishing The Bunker Diary. If there was even an epilogue to give us some closure. It was very disappointing and left me feeling pretty bad, because I probably would have liked the book a lot better if the ending was a satisfying one.

Why? We never found out the answer to that question in the story.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Bunker Diary 4 Mar 2013
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
3.5 stars

I'm finding it really difficult to write a review for The Bunker Diary, it is the kind of book that I can't say too much about because I don't want to give spoilers but that makes it hard for me to express my thoughts about it! This is one of those books that will make you think, it makes you question how you would cope in the very worst of circumstances. How would you get through it? Would you fall to pieces or would you find a way to stay strong and hope for the best? Would you be brave enough to fight or would you just curl up and wait for it to be over?

Linus has been facing all of those decisions and many more ever since the morning he was kidnapped and woke up alone in an underground bunker. What does his captor want from him? Is there a way to escape? Will be always be alone down there? You get to watch the story unfold by reading the entries Linus makes in his diary and it was a fascinating look into his mind as he dealt with everything that was happening. Once I picked up this book I found it incredibly hard to put it down, I kept thinking to myself just one more chapter and before I knew it I had reached the end.

As much as I'd enjoyed the journey I did find myself feeling slightly disappointed with the ending, mainly because I'm the kind of reader who prefers to get answers to their questions rather than being left to guess or make my own mind up about what happened. I had so many questions about Linus's captor and what his goals were and I felt slightly frustrated to get no answers. I reached the last chapter and found myself desperately flicking through the blank pages hoping to find more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's quite disturbing and as an adult I really wanted to keep reading...
Again looking for a class reader but this one won't be it! It's a very gripping book but not for a class of 10 year olds. Read more
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This book is a brilliant conception--and rather like 'Room' is clearly based on real-life horror scenarios. Read more
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Harrowing situation stayed with me for days after reading,very well written. Not for young children
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Read this on a recommendation. Very descriptive - could not put it down. A very well written if bleak book where you really care about the narrator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought Provoking.
Thought provoking book that I couldn't put down. Finished it in 2 hours because it was that gripping. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Elly's Mum
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth it
Silly book, don't know what all the fuss was about. Doesn't even deserve one star. It was probably the most depressing book I have ever read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Don't really know how to feel
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