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The Bunker Diary

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  4,509 Ratings  ·  1,062 Reviews
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 entire
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.

You can question and wonder about Him…more
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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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
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
May 22, 2013 Lindsay 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
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Jul 01, 2016 Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, ever
Recommended to Cora by: Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
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
Aug 17, 2014 Barbara 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
May 14, 2014 Yasmine 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
Sep 30, 2014 Martina 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
Jan 24, 2016 Joost rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bunkerdagboek, een boek dat ik nooit zal vergeten, zeker door het einde...
Natasha Mostert
Aug 02, 2014 Natasha Mostert rated it did not like it
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Alice Oseman
Aug 30, 2014 Alice Oseman 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
Mar 28, 2016 Tatiana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2015, 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.
Mar 23, 2015 Josu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-marzo, 10x20-dos
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
Esmeralda Verdú
Apr 26, 2015 Esmeralda Verdú 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
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
Aug 27, 2016 Arila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Tengo que reconocer que el libro me ha enganchada y lo he leído bastante rápido (especialmente si tenemos en cuenta que lo he leído en catalán), pero el final me ha dejado bastante decepcionada.

La historia está escrita en forma de diario por un chico de 17 años que es secuestrado y encerrado en un bunquer con otros cinco personajes. No tienen ni idea de quién es su secuestrador, porqué les ha elegido a ellos ni de qué pretende manteniéndolos ahí encerrados. Y cuando termina el libro sigue
Hay veces que descubres un libro y piensas: Este libro no está hecho para mí. Entonces lo dejas de lado, pero al cabo de poco vuelves a leer el argumento de nuevo y piensas: Ostras, pues podría estar bien. A partir de aquí parece que el libro te persiga, exigiéndose tiene que lo leas, hasta que al final ya no te quedan uñas de las ganas que tienes de leer el libro. Pues si, eso exactamente ha sido el que ha pasado con Diario del búnker.

Diario del búnker es el diario personal de Linus, un joven q
Nov 16, 2015 Winter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
En realidad: 1,5/5

No me esperaba nada de él, aunque sí que exigía unas explicaciones decentes de lo que estaba sucediendo, es lo mínimo que un lector puede pedir cuando compra un libro que, por cierto, tampoco se puede decir que cueste barato. Hay varios mensajes impregnados en la novela, algunos te hacen pensar y razonar, otros, sin embargo, me dejaron pensando "qué absurdez", sin embargo, según he visto en una entrevista con Kevin Brooks, el autor de Diario del búnker, no tenía ninguna intenci
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
Miss Butterfly
Aug 06, 2015 Miss Butterfly rated it really liked it
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'Diario del búnker' sorprende, para bien o para mal. Es devastadora y desgarradora, repleta de escenas intensas y desagradables donde Brooks nos lleva de la mano, casi obligados, a este perturbador experimento de la naturaleza humana. No es una película, pero podría serlo. No es real, pero el autor se toma tantas molestias en este relato que cuesta no pensarlo. Desde luego, es una lectura que no puede dejarte indiferente.

Reseña completa:
Sep 03, 2016 Chantal 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
Gavriella Troper-hochstein
Jun 21, 2015 Gavriella Troper-hochstein rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Absolutely Nobody.
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Anna  Holland
May 22, 2016 Anna Holland 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
Aug 26, 2015 Ali rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Veronica Morfi
Sep 02, 2015 Veronica Morfi rated it really liked it
Rating: 4/5

This can't be the end. OMG!!! Full review to come...
Oct 01, 2015 Giulia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Karin Michael
Oct 10, 2015 Karin Michael 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.

Siddharth Chakravarthy
Jul 03, 2016 Siddharth Chakravarthy rated it it was amazing
I think I've lost my ability to speak !
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
I slept on it, and I finally decided to down it a star. The writing *is* impressive, but there's not much substance to the story. It's a book to shock you, and doesn't have any other purposes.

This book is disgusting and cruel, and I don't know who thought it was okay to publish it as a children novel. The author pissed on life, and the world is a dark dark place.
You can say the book is total nihilism, and you'll be right, but it is still a
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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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