Thursday, February 9, 2012

Lockdown Review

Escape From Furnace

Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that 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. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates—some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers—Alex plans an escape. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace’s deeper, darker purpose, Alex’s actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that’s hidden from the eyes of the world.

What I Liked
Not my typical read, but I completely enjoyed Lockdown from beginning to end and I'm looking forward to reading book 2 Solitary. I was kept on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next, how Alex is going to escape Furnace and what hellish creature would make an appearance next. The prison reminds me of Chronicles of Riddick's prison on Crematoria, the hellish dogs included.
Alex: Not the typical main character who is the hero waiting to save the day, but rather the bad kid who steals from people. It is interesting to follow a character who deserves to be put into prison, but not framed for a murder and put into the hellhole he is going to. We follow Alex not only through the horrors he has to live through but understanding his mistakes in life and wishing he could change. I'm looking forward to seeing how Alex develops and gets past all these horrors and obstacles that he is going to be facing.

What I Didn't Like
I want to know more, more about The Furnace, the warren, the guards and the characters.

You have to have a bit of a strong stomach for this one, some of it is slightly gruesome. Not a book for romance only readers. Definitely worth the read if you like thrillers.

Escape From Furnace series
Genre: YA Thriller
Death Sentence February 14th
Fugitives February 28th
Execution ?

He will be touring the US in March 3rd to 25th, check his website (bottom of the page) for locations and dates. Dates are still being confirmed. I will be seeing him on March 5th and I will be posting a pre-event interview late February or 1st week in March.

Do you like thrillers?



Kris (Words That Fly) said...

This sounds like this is a truly awesome book. Adding it to my wishlist asap.

BookLuvr Mindy said...

Thriller as in...if I don't like scary movies I shouldn't read this one? I also cannot handle the Saw let me know if you think I can handle this one. ;-)