Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Bunker 10

Title: Bunker 10
Author: J.A. Henderson
Genre: YA Suspense (with SciFi aspects)

Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Publishing Date: October 1, 2007
Hardback: 272 pages

Stand Alone or series: Stand Alone

Summary: (from the book)

At eight o'clock in the evening, 24 December 2007, Pinewood Military Installation exploded. The blast ripped apart acres of forest and devastated the remote highland valley where the base was located. No official cause was given for the incident. Inside Pinewood were 185 male and female personnel--a mixture of scientists and soldiers. There were also seven teenagers. This is the story of their last day . . .


As the summary says, this book is really about a group of kids that have exceptional intelligence. But it seems even geniuses need their time off, and this story at first appears to be centered on one of the teens attempt to sneak of base for some alone time with a girl.

Then all hell breaks lose through a series of coincidences and just bad luck.

In Bunker 10 there is a top secret lab that houses the potential destruction of everything we love. Is it a super powerful laser capable of destroying planets with a single shot? No. Is it a biochemical weapon capable of altering the enemies thought process? No, not really.

It’s a ten year old little girl.

I’m not going to go into any more detail because it would ruin some of the surprises that really make this book.

But believe me, this book has everything; Suspense, plot twists, time travel, DNA alteration, teenage kids with genius IQs, warfare, survival simulation games, good guys, bad guys, and a whole lot of intrigue.

Notable Quotes/ Parts:
Madrid and Simon were almost finished in the maintenance depot. They had punctured the fuel tanks of every vehicle and tipped over the oil drums. Now the concrete floor was a lake of gasoline, shimmering under the fluorescent lights.
“You sure you want to do this?” Simon said, his voice muffled by an ill-fitting asbestos suit he had found in the locker. He was determined not to take any chances.
Madrid checked her handcom. “Not really,” she said blankly. “Then again, I don’t want to die when this base blows up in forty-seven minutes.”
“Me, neither.” The boy went to the panel on the wall and punched in 1234. “I just don’t know how I’ll live with myself after this.”
The blast proof doors in the floor were hidden by the reservoir of fuel, but it was easy to tell they were now open, for the level of black liquid began to rapidly go down.
Simon and Madrid waited until the gasoline had almost leaked away. Then Madrid took out a lighter, flicked it to life, and threw it onto the floor. A wave of blue flame raced across the concrete, and they threw themselves behind a stack of truck tires.
The blue flame vanished down the stairwell. There was silence for several seconds.
Then the shouting began.

Verdict: I loved it! I stayed up till 3 a.m. finishing the book because I had to know what happened. The fact there is only one review for this book on amazon is heartbreaking.

Rating: 7. Very good

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