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Escape from Furnace 1: Lockdown Kindle Edition
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|Length: 304 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||Age Level: 9 - 11|
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- Book 1 of 5 in Escape from Furnace (5 Book Series)
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The back story. At some point in the near future youth crime reaches epic heights. The populace responds strongly after the summer of slaughter, a period where youth murder rates soar. They create a new super max prison for young offenders, carved below the earth: Furnace. They say that below heaven is hell and below hell is furnace. There is now a zero tolerance policy on youth felons.
The story written in the first person narrative style, is the story of Alex Sawyer, a young criminal mostly responsible for break and enters and petty theft. Alex is framed for the murder of his criminal partner. Even though he is innocent, he is convicted and sent to Furnace. He arrives in Furnace, a terrifying dark hole carved from the earth, a place ruled by vicious gangs, and even more brutal guards. A place filled with horrifying creatures who come and steal boys from their cells in the night. A place with no hope and no future. Yet Alex struggles to maintain hope - that hope is escape, something believed to be impossible.
Alexander Gordon Smith does an amazing job of capturing the brutality of a prison environment, without going into too much gore. He tells a dark tale without becoming overly depressing. It is very well written.
The story is very well written for a first novel.Read more ›
Alexander Gordon Smith has a writing style that'll sweep you into the story and make you feel as though you are right there with the characters and Furnace is no exception.
I couldn't put this book down and am now waiting with baited breath for the second in the series, currently teetering at the edge of the cliffhanger of this one!
The book starts up a bit slow, but once it picks up - it totally picks up.
I liked the different characters in the book. Donovan came across as the silent hard guy; Zee was portrayed as tough in the early part; Gary's entrance was class.
The book itself flows well and engages the reader. You begin to wonder, what will happen next? will it work? It has you on the edge.
So Lockdown is all based around a penitentiary for those that break the law the thing of it is, is that this penitentiary is underground I mean there is nothing but rock surrounding people. There is no way out but only one way in. The boys that are in it are young they have all been found guilty of a crime and this is their punishment.
So we are introduced to the character Alex. He had a decent life that is until he followed the wrong path, his path was stealing and breaking and entering homes. Well it all catches up to him one day and now he finds himself in the Furnace Penitentiary. It isn't like he doesn't know what it is because they have all been told about it. Though now that he is on the inside of the fence he knows that it is not a place he wants to be in.
The Furnace is not like any other place, the guards are very fast and weird looking, the wheezer's are horrible, the dogs that they have roaming around are even worse, lets not even talk about the food that is served.
There are rules in place and you need to follow them to survive, no one is promised tomorrow and Alex is learning this first hand. His bunk mate Donovan educates Alex the best he can on how everything is ran but you can see Alex doesn't want to truly follow the rules.
Now as I enjoyed this story and I would have given it a straight up 5 because it does deserve it I feel as though something was missing within the story. I am not sure if it was because I didn't know where all this was taken place at or maybe the year. It just felt off to me.Read more ›
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I had high hopes for this book having read such good reviews. Whilst the first few pages gripped me I soon became bored by what seems to me a lack of real plot but most of all I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rainbow reader
met the author once he got ideas for the book from going to dungeons on trips!great book.Published 21 months ago by CameraCass
Just to be clear I am an adult woman who only read this book to judge what age group it was suitable for before I put it on the shelves of the library. Read morePublished on 20 May 2014 by angelao
It is a brilliant book, full of suspense and greatness and that is about the recommended word amount of 20Published on 10 Aug. 2013 by Mrs H
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