Saturday, January 8, 2011

LOCKDOWN by Alexander Gordon Smith

Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1)Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

(from Goodreads)
Furnance 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.

OMG!!! Another amazing book! I am so glad that I bought this book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out...

This book is a horror/creepy/action book and it does not disappoint. It is the first book in a 5 book series and these books will definitely be pre-ordered asap.

Alex is the main character in this book and he is framed for murder and sent to The Furnace Penitentary. A prison that was built 5-6yrs ago to house kids (up til the age of 18) that are convicted of serious crimes. There is no parole at this prison, so once you are sent here you will stay here until you turn 18, when you are then transferred somewhere else.

This book is about Alex trying to acclimate to his new surroundings and trying to fit in with the new people he is housed with now.

Alex holds onto the hope that he will leave this place someday and is constantly keeping his eye open for someway to escape.

The first half of this book is about the different things that go on at the prison and it introduces you to the different characters in this book. There are some really creepy characters in this book, including the warden, the guards and some weird people that come sometimes in the middle of the night. *Warning: if you are prone to nightmares, do not read this book before bedtime.* I couldn't put this book down and was constantly either at the edge of my seat because of the non-stop action or gripping the covers because of the horror/creepiness in it.

The second half of this book was about Alex discovering a way to escape and him and his friends making a plan and executing that plan. Although the book ends right before you find out if they escape or not....what a cliffhanger!
There is so much that goes on in this book that you won't want to stop reading. The detail in this book is amazing and the character development is great. Although Alex did annoy me at times because of how stubborn he is!

Please, if you haven't read this book yet, go out and get yourself a copy and start reading asap....

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  1. That book sounds pretty awesome. Great review! :)

  2. I love these books, i've just finished book 4: Fugitives. They just keep getting better. :D