Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Book Review: LOCKDOWN

Escape From Furnace
By Alexander Gordon Smith
273 Pages

Summary from
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.
My thoughts:

CREEPY! There are parts of this book that literally made the little hairs on the back of my neck stand up. YIKES!
Main character Alex has been thrown into something beyond his wildest nightmares-a juvenile center called The Furnace. Somehow, he must survive and escape the furnace before the giants in black suits make a visit to his cell. He's not sure where they take the kids after the visits but he does know that something beyond horrible happens to them and they are changed, it's possible that those kids may not even be human anymore. His only chance at survival is escape-but no one as ever done that before. Is it even possible?
This book leads right into the sequel- Solitary. Which of course I have to purchase because I HAVE to find out what happen to Alex and crew.
Would I recommend this book to a friend?
Yes, with the warning to not read late at night, make sure you are not alone in the house, and keep a few lights on for heaven's sake.
Where did I get this book?

I bought it at Barnes and Noble bookstore in Missoula. I'm pretty sure I will use it for a Halloween giveaway in October.

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