Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace (YA review)

Jacket description:
"Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Alex Sawyer is the "new fish." Convicted of a murder he didn't commit, sentenced to life without parole, he knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to death in the darkness at thebottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. The prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below.

Escape is Alex's only option. But it's not just about saving his own skin. The more he discovers, the more he understands that he is going to have to do whatever it takes to expose this nightmare hidden from the eyes of the world."

This book scared the pants off of me! Full of complete thrills and shocking happens from the first page, you won't believe what you're reading...and you just have to keep turning the pages to find out what happens next. It's one incredibly compelling nightmare after the next and all the while, you'll be rooting for Alex to find a way out, knowing that the chances are slim of him leaving alive.

Totally creepy (and grossly descriptive at times), but chock full of adventure and page-turning thrills. Hand this one to any reluctant reader and expect them not to emerge from their rooms for a long time. Apparently this is the first in the series, with the second title, Solitary, due out this year. Can't wait for that!

Overall rating: 4 out of 5
Not a huge fan of the cover, but really enjoyed the story, as disturbing as it was.

Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
Alexander Gordon Smith
288 pages
Young Adult
Farrar, Straus, Giroux
October 2009
Review copy received from publisher


Missy B. said...

Ok, I'm interested! Great review...I'm adding it to my wish list!

Abby said...

Ooh, thanks for posting about this one, Amanda. I have it on my TBR list and I was hoping to hear some good things about it! :)

Myne Whitman said...

I like your new template.

Staci said...

My 14-year-old son LOVED this one!! He can't wait for the next one!