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Review, Teenage Musings, Young Adult / June 28, 2013

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Teenage Musings: The Bunker Diary by Kevin BrooksThe Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
Publisher: Penguin
Date: March 2013
320 pages
Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary
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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 . . .

Reviewed by: Jack

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. Why were six people kidnapped and placed in a bunker, trapped? Was it just a sadistic man trying to have some fun? Was it a cult rebelling against the community? We’ll never know, and it kills me. It kills me because I had hoped that we would at least have been left with an explanation for the mysterious story line. Kevin Brooks, why? Why didn’t you give us a proper ending?

“He’s watching us.”

The Bunker Diary was extremely disturbing and creepy. The idea of the story line sends chills down my spine. It’s a phycological thriller that’s actually quite scary at times, just the overall idea of the situation in the story. And the ending made it all the more disturbing. It was realistic novel, but I would’ve like to have a little insight to the after-effects of the story.

The characters in The Bunker Diary are brilliantly developed. Especially the main character, Linus, who narrated the novel through the writing in his diary, hence the title. Their personalities were realistic and that made it a much more enjoyable read. I liked the diverse personalities Brooks included in the story. Again, it made everything more realistic.

Overall, The Bunker Diary is a disturbingly chilling novel. Not my favourite, because of the frustrating ending, but can’t deny that it was a page turner. Kevin Brooks writing style is truly amazing and I admire the way The Bunker Diary was written. The Bunker Diary is not the kind of book that you read again and again, it’s a one-read-wonder.

3 Stars

2 Responses to Teenage Musings: The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks

  1. hawwa says:

    AWESOME REVIEWWWWW Jack. 🙂 i''ve heard if this one but haven't got round to reading it yet but i will now! i'm sorry about the ending though. 🙁
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  2. Ruby says:

    Such a brilliantly-written review Jack, one of your best! 🙂 I had the same problems with this book though, and I in fact gave it a 2 out of 5… whilst I agree that it was brilliantly written, this really isn't Brooks' best. I enjoyed Black Rabbit Summer so this was a TOTAL let down! Like you, I wanted the ending to be something spectacular… but it wasn't. I also found it way too disturbing. For a YA book Brooks completely stepped over the line. Whilst I understand it shouldn't have been a happy ending, he shouldn't have SPOILER so graphically described deaths. I feel as if he should have upped the ages of some of the characters, especially the little girl.

    Great review though! This book certainly was a one-read-wonder… even though it wasn't exactly wondrous for me! :/

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