Saturday, February 9, 2013

Review: Lockdown (Escape from Furnace, #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Title: Lockdown
Series: Escape from Furnace, #1
Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
Category: Thriller/ Adventure
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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:

Lockdown was a book that I am glad I picked up. Thrillers, such as this book, aren't my usual reads, but I am very, very glad I picked this one up! Now, the reason I picked Lockdown up is because of the dystopian part of the book, plus the excerpt just sounded pretty darn good! Lockdown was a thrilling ride, a ride I’m glad I got on.
"Don't make the mistake of bringing your heart down here with you, there is no place for it in the Furnace."
Imagine, no matter your age, if you commit any crime, you will be thrown into prison.
But that  prison isn't like any other prison, this ‘hell hole’ is that, a hole in the ground, it’s literally a hell of a prison.
Kids of all ages are sent there is they are convicted, even if they are innocent.
No one can escape ‘The Furnace.’
Alex is sent to the Furnace, convicted for a murder he did not commit.
Trying to survive, trying to figure out just what is the Furnace, why was he sent there, and who is the person who runs the prison?
Alex encounters monsters that shouldn't exist, and the warden isn't what he seems. 
What is the Furnace, and what is it doing to the inmates.
Alex knows he needs to escape, but can he do it, when no one has managed that. 

Can he escape before the Furnace takes him?
"Stay well clear of the warden. Some here think he's the devil. I don't, I don't believe in that religious talk, but I know evil when I see it. He's something rotten they dragged from the bowels of the earth, something they patched together from darkness and filth. He'll be the death of us all, every single one of us here in Furnace. Only question is when."
I really enjoyed Lockdown, and all the thrill and bits of simple horror thrown in. I’m a big scaredy cat, so it has to be a good story to keep me reading even when it’s horror! I also enjoyed experiencing Alex’s life within the prison. He is innocent, but once inside the furnace, there is no escape. So, you also get to experience what he is going through, his hope and doubt, every emotion.  It could be a bit intense.

Alex was a nice character. He’s a good main character. Despite everything he goes through, with his doubts, he does manage to be strong and try to not let the Furnace bring him down.  If I was in his shoes, I would be dead by now, no doubt about that. And he isn't perfect. I enjoyed him a lot, but the side characters are all interesting. I enjoyed reading about them, getting to know them, and seeing how they handle being locked up.

I liked the story, it flowed nicely, had a good pace and I was able to get lost. The details were just right, just so I could see the world that Alex lives in. Though at times I did get a big lost, or really, I just wanted to understand more about the Furnace, but that is one major point in the book, what is the Furnace. I know I will definitely be continuing this story! 

Lockdown is dark, horror filled and mysterious, it is also filled with light and funny moments. The characters are real, engaging and wonderful, the villains, the things that go bump in the night, are just down right creepy.  The story is wonderful, a joy to get lost in! 


  1. Magen that cover kinda scares me... as a general rule I don't do thrillers and I honestly dont know how I would feel about this book.But then again, you liked it and we share a brain so hmmmm. Glad you enjoyed it and awesomesauce review!

    1. Yeah, the cover is scary.. but it's pretty good!! hahahahahahah XD

  2. Thank you for making this book known to me! Thrillers are right up my street. I hope to read this soon!
    A great review :-)

    1. hahaha No problem!!! I love sharing books, and getting unknown books out into the hands of readers :D I hope you enjoy it and thanks for stopping by girl!

  3. Can I just say how unbelievably creepy that cover is!!?? I do fine with scary movies, cause they're so laughable at times, but scary stories or pictures..not so much. I know I know...I'm weird but honestly what can I say I can't stand them. I can't believe you read this! Didn't you have nightmares!?? But then again you did enjoy ;p I don't know if I should read this but maybe I'll give it try..only because you liked it so much!

    Fabulous review! :D

    ~ Maida

  4. I'm not a big thriller reader. Horror on the other hand I simply adore reading and writing but I don't do well with suspense! This does sound awesome though! And I'm with Maida, how freaking is the cover! Eep! O_O
    Great review, gorgeous!


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