The Bunker Diary

The Bunker Diary

Book - 2015 | First American edition.
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Sixteen-year-old Linus Weems, a street person since leaving his wealthy father's home, is kidnapped and taken to an underground bunker where he's soon joined by five others, ranging in age from nine to seventy, who are alternately cared for and tortured by their unseen captor.
Publisher: Minneapolis : Carolrhoda Lab, 2015.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9781467754200
Branch Call Number: TEEN BROOKS
Characteristics: 260 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm


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Jun 30, 2020

Sad. I liked the book, read the comments and still took it. I still read the terribly sad ending. It's the book equivalent of watching a horror movie that has a sad ending but it's ok, it's a horror movie; It's not uncommon to have a sad ending. But this book, it hurts to read that bad ending. The characters you've invested too many hours in. Even the bad ones who you couldn't relate to. It's sad to read that ending. Unfulfilling. For the reader and undeserved to these characters. It's not an hour and a half long with people you barely get to know. it's not the same.

Apr 16, 2018

Not a happy ending...I cried for a couple of hours. Very emotional, duh. Not sure who to recommend this to, but it IS well written and compelling.

Nov 01, 2017

Nihilistic horror. Soul crushing alienation and isolation. Bloodless torture porn. This is a vicious, sadistic story. It is the teen novel equivalent to "Saw."
I'm giving it some stars because it is very well written by a talented author. The plot is riveting. and the narrative style fits the story perfectly. But my god. Brutal.

Jul 17, 2017

What a strange mix of emotions from this book. The entire time, you're hooked, you're hopeful, you're committed to the characters and their safety. And as the book goes on, you think you know how it's going to turn out - because that's what's expected of the formula for this type of story. But it doesn't follow the formula.

It's one of those books where you flip the final page shut, you stare out a window, and you frown for a solid 10 minutes. It's upsetting, but it's still a great book, and you still recommend it to people so that they can be upset with you.

kirstd31 Feb 27, 2016

An intense, horrifying, and depressing read. I could not put this book down. I had to see what happened to the characters.

Jan 18, 2016

Definitely worth a read. Can't guarantee you'll love the ending, but it does leave you with an unexpected satisfaction.

An intense and somewhat bleak read for those who like stories about survival, intense psychological situations, and all the good, bad, and ugly that humans are capable of. Older teens and adults interested in the novel Room might enjoy this.

Nov 01, 2015

This book had an interesting premise: Six people are kidnapped and locked in a bunker. In the bunker, the lights come on at 8 AM and go off at precisely midnight. At 9 AM the elevator comes down to the bunker, bringing food, or bringing nothing. At 9 PM the elevator goes back up. They have no idea why they're there, how long they will be locked down there, or who put them there.

I loved it— it was a quick read, and really exciting. The ending is so surprising, I just stared at the back of the book for about five minutes.

This book is amazing, and shocking, and terrifying, and wonderful.

Jul 24, 2015

Linus, a homeless teen wanders the streets everyday, when one wrong move lands him alone in a bunker with no exit. With six rooms, six beds, six journals, six sets of dishes and only one person he wonders where the other five people are and when will they arrive to the dreadful place he is in. First comes Jenny, and scared 9 year old, then arrives Fred, Anja, Bird and Russel. Working together they try to figure out why the man is holding them in the bunker, and what he is planning to do to them. The man watches them everyday and plays with their minds. This book was an amazing read although it was a dark and serious topic that the book was based on. After reading this book I wonder what really happened to Linus at the end of the book, and what a book in the perspective of one of the other characters would be like. I wonder what the experience would be like through the eyes of a 9 year old verses the views of Linus. Jenny, felt more frightened and afraid compared to all of the other characters in the story. I would definitely give this book four and a half stars because I highly enjoyed it. I would change the ending of the book because it is bery confusing as to what happens and why everything happens. This book is a mature read and I would only reccomend reading it if you can handle heavy reading material. Overall this book was fantastic and I highly reccomend reading it!

Mar 30, 2015

Very very disturbing book. But also very good.

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May 06, 2015

The diary 16-year-old Linus Weems, trapped with five strangers in an underground bunker.


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