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Reviewed by Amy Powers for Readers' Favorite
Bunker Boy is a fast-paced young adult novel by Jordan Elizabeth, which combines adventure and mystery in a post-apocalyptic society. In the midst of an argument with her free-loading uncle, eighteen-year-old Zara’s world suddenly goes black. She wakes up to discover that five years have passed, and the entire east coast has been destroyed. Everything is different in this unfamiliar world, with strict rules and gender roles. Zara is sent to a colony up the Catskills called Outpost Eight, where there is a shortage of women needed to help replenish the population. In the blink of an eye, Zara finds herself married to Cliff, the son of the colony’s leader, who already has a child with his first wife. The whole situation is unsettling to Zara, and she begins to follow clues left by Cliff’s deceased wife to help her uncover the hidden secrets of Outpost Eight.
As always, Jordan Elizabeth’s writing and imagination are phenomenal. Right from the start, Bunker Boy dives into action and is filled with surprising twists from start to finish. Just when I thought the story was heading in one direction, I was thrown for a loop and sent down a completely unexpected path. I especially enjoyed the relationship that was formed between Zara and Cliff’s daughter and the way that the little girl helped drive the plot. With great characters that are fun to both love and hate, it is impossible to put this book down. I would love to sit down with this book again, just to pick up on all of the little clues and details that seem minor at first but turn out to be major hints to foreshadow what is yet to come.