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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  7,494 ratings  ·  1,595 reviews
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 elevator is the only way in or out.
What's he going to do to me?
What am I going
Paperback, 268 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Penguin
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Liz Thompson It mirrors life - sometimes horrible things happen that you have no control over - there is no answer, no reason.

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It mirrors life - sometimes horrible things happen that you have no control over - there is no answer, no reason.

You can question and wonder about Him or The Man Upstairs - but you'll never get an answer.(less)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, ever
Recommended to Cora by: Vicky
5 Words: Brutal, intense, heart-breaking, pensive, horrific.

5 More Words: Addictive, amazing, shocking, unbelievable, lost-for-words.

There's something about Kevin Brooks' style of writing that I just can't get enough of. I guess it's because the way the narrative flows is similar to the way my own thoughts flow. It just feels so right to read.

This is an author who is not afraid to take chances and be controversial. He's not afraid to hit you hard and shock you. And The Bunker Diary just proves t
May 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
While this book was intense and heart-pounding and mind-boggling, I was kind of let down by the ending. I mean, I know not every book is going to be a HEA but this was just too much for me. It sucked the happy right out of me and now I'm depressed. While the writing was impressive, the story's ending...was not.

Rating: 1 out of 5 Stars
This book was part of a Carnegie Short List package I bought for a school library, and I started reading it primarily to figure out if it was appropriate for Middle School or not (view spoiler). After a couple of pages I had completely forgotten that I read it for work. I laughed, I cried, I ignored the rest of the world until I had finished it.

There is a lot of violence and hopelessness in the story, and it calls to
Esmeralda Verdú
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diario del búnker es una novela juvenil diferente a todo lo que he leído antes, como también lo es su protagonista. El final me ha dejado muy asombrada, creía que había un error y que todavía quedaban páginas por leer. No puedo decir que dan la información con cuentagotas porque ni siquiera me dan las respuestas que quería, algo que ha hecho que mi opinión general sobre la historia cayera algo en picado. ¡No me puede dejar así! Necesito muchas respuestas. Si el autor nos quería dejar intrigados, ...more
Adam Silvera
Masterful and SUFFOCATING. This book is NOT for the happily ever after crowd. It's truly a piece of fiction that is sharp all the way through and the ending drives the knife deep into the reader. I'm not the hugest fan of epistolary novels because the tension sometimes feels far too removed considering it's past tense and you obviously know that no matter what happened the main character is alive, but I was INSANELY ANXIOUS while reading Linus's entries, and this is one of the many reasons I app ...more
Erik Fazekas
Oh my...
I am finished...
I am trembling...
I started this book 3 hours ago, now I am finished, I read the last page and then looked at several other blank pages after...
I dont know what to say about this book, how to characterize it.
Just - It is sick and wrong and cruel in every possible way. And perfect and honest and true and exquisite in every other way.
And you have to read it to fully understand what it is about.
The topic is for sure not new, but masterfully executed. Yes this book was exec
May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You know that feeling when you finish that book and you sit there motionless for a moment? This book is like that: spellbinding, thought provoking, stunning. I am finding incredibly hard to write this and talk about it coherently because I am just- I don't know. Shocked? Mesmerised I think would be more like it. What I really enjoyed about his book was that although there was a brilliant premise and plot, it was also so psychological and really made me think. I especially liked the way in which ...more
Josu Grilli
Mar 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 10x20-dos, 2015-marzo
Me ha gustado mucho, sinceramente. No me esperaba que la novela fuera así para nada. Lo que más destacaría es que se lee en NADA, así que si buscas una lectura rápida, este es tu libro. Quizá en un par de horas lo hayas terminado, porque no solo la historia avanza de un modo rápido, sino que el estilo del autor es algo experimental (algo que me encanta) y demuestra mediante palabras el estado del protagonista, Linus. (Puesto que la novela es un diario, tiene sentido, claro.) Así que si tenemos a ...more
Until Tatiana reviewed this, I realised I'd actually forgotten to do so myself. And, frankly, skip this one. Please. I'm saying that to protect you.

The Bunker Diary made me think of my seriously unsettled view of True Art Is Angsty. The Bunker Diary is relentlessly miserable, depressing, and unforgiving. Think of the worst ending you can think of and triple it. It's well written, it's well structured, but it's not good.

Yes, I have no doubt that those of you who loved it (and possibly Brooks hims
Natasha Mostert
Aug 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Anita Vela
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lecturas-2017
Reseña completa:

Diario de búnker es el diario de Linus y se podría decir que es una mezcla entre Gran Hermano y SAW, imaginad que se puede sacar de eso: demasiada locura junto con partes un poco macabras y duras, por eso la comparación con SAW, y eso que supone que es una novela juvenil, pero puede pasar perfectamente por una historia de adultos. Sinceramente, a mí me ha parecido una historia muy original, te engancha por momentos, conforme vas leyendo qu
Jo Reads
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
E' un libro che ti distrugge lentamente, come distrugge i suoi protagonisti. Lo stile è limpido, pulito diretto, onesto... angosciante, come la storia che narra. E' un libro che non posso fare a meno di consigliare, ma devo dire onestamente, che sarebbe meglio che vi facciate un'idea di quello a cui andate incontro prima di iniziare la lettura.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone: It's Is So So So Incredible..
4 Out of 5
“I thought he was blind. That's how he got me. I still can't believe I fell for it. I keep playing it over in my mind, hoping I'll do something different, but it always turns out the same...”
“A thousand questions have streamed through my head.
Where am I? Where's the blind man? Who is he? What does he want? What's he going to do to me? What am I going to do?
I don't know…”
Linus was living on the streets, living rough. But that doesn't mean he was rough. When he saw the blind guy struggli
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bunkerdagboek, een boek dat ik nooit zal vergeten, zeker door het einde...
Jun 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-again
I dont really know what to say about this book. I found it quite boring and extremely dissapointing.

The start was promising. Sixteen year old Linus was taken and imprisoned in a bunker. Throughtout the novel, more people joined him. Well that's basically it, nothing more happends.
There is a bit when Linus is looking back on this life and I guess this is supposed to make the reader feel sorry for him, but the whole poor little rich boy bullshit did not work for me.

Except for Linus, there is no ch
Oct 07, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
He pensado bastante al rededor de este libro y si tengo muchas cosas que decir.
"¿Por qué seis?
No lo sé
Aquí no hay nadie más que yo."

En primer lugar, la historia es muy interesante pero se ve empobrecida por el desarrollo que tuvo a lo largo de todo el libro.
"Me quedé sentado durante un rato en una oscuridad pétrea, siempre con el oído atento por si el ascensor bajaba de nuevo. No sé que esperaba, tal vez un milagro, o quizás una pesadilla. Pero no sucedió nada. Ni ascensor, ni pisadas. Ni
♠ Eze ♠
Mar 06, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Se que uno tiene que respetar las opiniones de los demas, ser un poco diplomatico. Pero que carajos estaban pensando los que calificaron de 5 estrellas a este libro?

Habran leido otro? Puede que existan varios con el mismo nombre. No existe otra explicacion. No puede ser, escapa toda logica.

Como pueden publicar esto? En la editorial estaban borrachos, drogados y locos?
Esto, acaso tiene publico? No puedo dejar de plantearme dudas.

En fin, queda desplazado "Padre Rico, Padre Pobre" como lo peor que
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ya, 3, starred-2015
So depressing and so pointless in the end. I guess I need someone to explain it to me?

I wanted to accuse whoever judges Carnegie medal awarding of being morbid, but then I remembered Printz Honor for Nothing, which is only slightly less depressing, but better written.

In the end, I would classify The Bunker Diary as more of a torture porn experiment (like those Saw movies) than quality literature for teens. But that's just me.
Veronica Morfi
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

This can't be the end. OMG!!! Full review to come...
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Brutale e claustrofobico.
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho finito questo libro e ancora non riesco a capire se davvero mi è piaciuto oppure no. Quello che so è che mi ha fatto stare male, mi sta facendo stare male anche adesso, forse perché è facile immedesimarsi! Non è crudo come mi aspettavo (immaginavo di peggio) ma è di una tristezza inaudita! L'ho dovuto mettere subito via boh mi ha "scosso"

Sfogo mio del momento
Oct 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Necesitaba desquitarme con un libro de empezar y acabarlo y así ha sido.Lo tenía en mi kindle desde hace años y lo he devorado en tres horas ,iba sin demasiadas pretensiones y he de decir que me ha sorprendido gratamente.Es angustioso y claustrofóbico de principio a fin!!
Claustrofobico, perfido, asfissiante, crudele… potrei andare avanti all’infinito. Sicuramente non uno YA leggero ne una lettura banale. È un viaggio nella sofferenza, nella perdita di speranza, nella disperazione più nera. Non c’è niente che i protagonisti potrebbero fare per migliorarla, ne per cambiarla. Ma di questo ci si accorge solo dopo un po’…
Linus, ragazzino di strada, ma con una mente intelligente e molto più saggia rispetto anche ad alcuni suoi inquilini, è un narratore brillante ma pr
Barbara Band
Mar 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I'm not quite sure what to say about this book. I read it because it was on the Carnegie shortlist, although I have enjoyed previous novels by Kevin Brooks so this would probably have ended up on my to-read list anyway.

It's basically a story about 6 people who are captured by an unknown man and put into a buried bunker where he plays mind games with them. I found it exceedingly gripping and couldn't put it down but, after I'd finished it, I began to wonder what the point of it all was? We aren't
Anna Holland
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Me han pasado cosas muy raras mientras leía este libro; y es que hombres siniestros con porno bajo el brazo me han invitado a la radio a hablar sobre él (sobre el libro, no el porno) un martes a las 9 de la mañana en el metro. Pero en fin.
Tenía grandes esperanzas puestas en este libro tan premiado y tan polémico, pero POR EL AMOR DE DIOS no es para tanto.
No veo la polémica.
Si, el libro está bien, la historia es interesante y el final, el merecido, porque si h
Alice Oseman
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book is absolute perfection. I would not change a single thing about it, especially the ending. The messages are so intricately woven and muddled in with often completely meaningless diversions that it can at times be difficult to understand what Brooks is actually attempting to communicate - but that's all part of the wonderful, intriguing mystery of this book. The reason that I couldn't give it full stars is because it's absolutely the most horrifying and unforgiving book I have ever read ...more
Karin Michael
Oct 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was bitter-sweetly heartbreaking which left me feeling depressed a minute after I finished reading it. The sad thing is there are some sick people like that in the world who do such things and that makes me hate the world we live in.

Full review to come.

Bookish Devil
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think I've lost my ability to speak !
Nov 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maliyeti düşük, kadrosu az, konusu sığ gerilim filmleri vardır ya, kitap tamamen o konseptle eşdeğer. Kısa cümleler, ikili diyaloglar, boş sayfalar ve bağlantısız, sonu olmayan bir ölüm günlüğü. Neden, niçin tarzı soruların yanıtının bulunmadığı, karakterler tahlili yapmanın mümkün olmadığı bir anlatım. Reklamı başarılı, paketi kaliteli ne diyeyim.
Feb 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2019
Un thriller psicológico que me voló el cerebro

Me ha gustado mucho...

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Kevin Brooks was born in 1959 and grew up in Exeter, Devon, England. He studied Psychology and Philosophy at Birmingham, Aston University in 1980 and Cultural Studies in London in 1983. Kevin Brooks has been in a variety of jobs including: musician, gasoline station attendant, crematorium handyman, civil service clerk, hot dog vendor at the London Zoo, post office clerk, and railway ticket office ...more
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