Friday, September 3, 2010

Lockdown: Escape From Furnace, #1 -- Alexander Gordon Smith


Set far enough forward into the future that there are seven Indiana Jones movies¹, a few years after the Summer of Slaughter, and enter a world in which adults are so scared of teenagers -- and children -- that they've built Furnace: an underground, maximum security prison.

If you get sent to down to Furnace, you're there for life.

Not that your life there will be very long...

After a few years of bullying and petty theft, Alex is framed for the murder of his best friend and partner is crime.  When, shortly thereafter, he arrives in Furnace, he quickly learns that the horror of Furnace isn't just hopelessness of his situation, the terrifying Warden, the violence from the gangs and the guards, the terrible food or even the general conditions of the place.  No.  It's the creatures that come for the inmates in the night.

It isn't long before he decides that escape is his only option.  Rather than trying to fly under the radar of the gangs, the dogs, the guards, the Warden AND the creatures, he's willing to die in an attempt to get out.

I'll keep this short:  If you're looking for elegant writing, subtle and nuanced character development, strong world building and a wholly original story, then you may want to look elsewhere.  But if you're looking for a quick read with action and thrills, a little bit of mystery, a whole lot of violence and a decent amount of gore (and vomit) -- if you're looking for something along the lines of James Patterson and Darren Shan, who both wrote blurbs for the cover -- something without even a smidge of romance, that reads a bit like the novelization of an action-horror-thriller movie, then you may want to give Lockdown a try. 

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¹How on earth did they get greenlit after the craptasm of the fourth one?

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Book source: Review copy from the publisher.

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Crossposted at Bookshelves of Doom.


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1 comment:

Colleen said...

This book sounds exactly like what I thought it would be - not exactly a deep read but a fun read for the action/adventure crowd. Thanks for letting us know!