Welcome to our Anniversary Blog by resident blogger Jake Hope. Jake will be reading and reviewing all of the past CILIP Carnegie Medal winning books during the anniversary year. We are also asking shadowers to "Adopt a Book" and join in reading and discussing the anniversary titles in their shadowing groups.
"The clock on the wall is nothing. It's just a machine that makes three bits of metal go round in a circle. The Man Upstairs isn't messing with time, He's just messing with a machine. The only thing the clock affects is the accuracy of the dates in the diary. That's why I got mixed up when Bird arrived. I'd thought it was a Monday when he got here, but he said The Man got him on his way home from work the day before, which I'd thought was a Sunday, which didn't make sense."
Bleakly minimalistic, The Bunker Diary is a highly unusual novel where character relations and interactions are absolutely at the fore. As readers of Kevin Brooks previous works will attest, he is an author who offers few easy solutions or neat resolutions leaving readers to discern for themselves aspects of outcomes and the motivations behind these.
Kidnapped Linus finds himself kept within a bunker. Every movement he makes is watched by cameras, every moment he experiences is controlled and manipulated by his unseen captors. The novel itself is analogous with adolescence, with a desire for independence, freedom and the living out of one’s own burgeoning sense of identity. As with adolescence, however, those blossoming desires are curbed by crushing feelings of interference, control and the assertion of power.
"This book was unanimously chosen by our book group. Half of the group have read it before and want to again, the others are keen to read it. As a group leader I have never had such a diverse and profound reaction to a book from the group. "