Published: August 3rd 2010 (1st published October 27th 2009)
Publisher: Square Fish
Isbn 13: 9780312611934
Series: Escape From The Furnace #1
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 Review:Alex finds him self in deep trouble, literally. After he is sent to the furnace (A penitentiary, made to help cut down on the crimes/violence), after being framed for a murder from the men in the 'black suites'. There is no way out. Life. He must spend the rest of his life in this place... where the scariest things happen. Blood. Gore. Creatures. This book contains all this + more. This would make a great movie. Really. I was often reminding myself of Prison Break. (I know you have seen the show, "escaping from Prison...") But, it was so mush more SCARY of course.
Hair raising moments that would make me hold my breath & kick my feet (Which is what I do when I get nervous or scared, and sitting)
The main character Alex was really easy to like. Although he was on the wrong path in his life. He was also very innocent as to why he was placed in the furnace. Being Framed, along with many others that had been placed there.
He makes a decision: Escape.
Alex along with some of his "friends" that he has made in the Furnace, they makes a plan of escape.
While fighting to stay alive from the unknown scary ass creatures & also other Furnace inmates, who want nothing more than to kill Alex, or anyone else they crosses there path. This book is a thrill ride that will leave you wanting more at the very end. A lot more. Because the cliffhanger was like........... WHAT?
I will be reading book #2 Solitary for sure.
If you have not read Lockdown. Do so. I do believe that this book is for the older young adults. It is very gruesome, and violent. Which for me was a win!
“You don't have friends in here, you'll soon come to understand that. You get attached to someone, then you'll just lose them. They'll get shanked or they'll jump or they'll be taken one night.”
Sequel to Lockdown (Escape From The Furnace #1)