Friday, September 30, 2011

Book Review- Lockdown, Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Lockdown- Escape from Furnace is a tense YA thriller written by Alexander Gordon Smith and published by Square Fish, an imprint of Macmillan.

The Story- Alex lives in a volatile world where adults are afraid of teenagers due to a recent gang killing spree.
Now there is no tolerance for juvenile crime. Poor Alex, a petty thief, is framed for murdering his best friend Toby and thrown into The Furnace, a hell hole of a juvenile jail. Life in jail is filled with unbelievable horrors; monstrous creatures that look human, vicious dogs without skin, black suited muscle men and strange people with gas masks sewn onto their faces.

It is in this grisly place that Alex must learn to survive, if the blood gangs don’t get him first.

My Thoughts- Wow, a very tense thriller filled with gruesome images and violence. I do not feel this book is for young readers. The story is intriguing, the mysteries of what the heck is going on pulls you through every page. Plus, the mystery I wanted answered is one that is left dangling, so I’ll definitely be back for book two. (Who are the men with the gas masks?)

Alex is a likeable character. From the very beginning you feel the injustice of his situation and even though he is a thief, you root for him to somehow escape the prison. The imagery of the book is so vivid, it is gross. (That’s a good thing) All the horrors of the jail, from the mangled beasts to the slop they eat, you can picture, and it makes you feel like gagging. Another thing, the characters are not safe. Several you feel will make it to the finish, end up dead. So you never know what is going to happen next.

The sequel, Solitary, is already out.


  1. This looks pretty good. I love thrillers and mysteries. I thought it was more of a sci-fi book by the looks of the cover. Great review!

    Xpresso Reads

  2. Thanks. Definitely not sci-fi, total thriller.