Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Review: The Bunker Diary

Title: The Bunker Diary
Author: Kevin Brooks
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 white washed 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?
My Review:
This is part of the Carnegie Shadowing shortlist which I am currently taking part in. I really liked this book even though it is quite horrific and not one for the faint hearted. It tells us the story of Linus who is living rough on the streets. One day he sees a blind man struggling and he goes to help, but that's how he got him. This is Linus' diary and he writes his experiences in it most days. 

He wakes in a bunker where there are 6 of everything, so you do suspect that more people are going to come. And soon enough 5 more people come to join him in the bunker. 

Their captor tortures them in various different ways, mentally, physically and slowly they turn against each other as they fear each other's insanity and their longing for freedom. It's all like a game to their captor, he loves to mess with their minds. 

The book is fantastic yet also quite spine-chilling; it certainly makes you wary of strangers. I think is quie similar to Anne Franks diary in the way that it just stops at the end. There is no official ending but you can make inferences as to how it ends. 

I really enjoyed this book, it's not for younger readers as the ideas and themes running through it are not suitable. I would never have looked at this book had it not been for the Carnegie Shadowing, but I am glad I've read it. I would definitely recommend it to those who are 13+. 
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