Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
Escape from Furnace 1

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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.
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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.

 

About Alexander Gordon Smith

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ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH lives in Norwich, England. He is a co-founder of Fear Driven Films, which is currently producing its first feature film. The Escape from Furnace series marks his publishing debut in the United States.
 
Published October 5, 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 280 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Horror, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Lockdown
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

The Bookbag

Good
on Oct 24 2009

The writing, the story and the characters (especially the bad guys) are fantastic, and for that I can't give it any less than four stars.

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Monsters and Critics

Excellent
on Mar 13 2009

I think Mr. Smith should get a Batman badge for excellence, creating both an interesting main character and protagonists (baddies) with enough menace to give you the hibbie jibbies just reading about them.

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Teen Ink

Above average

The mystery of asking if they would get out kept me reading on.

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Teen Ink

Excellent

This book is hands down the most exiting book you will ever read!

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Gather Books

Excellent
on Aug 30 2010

It is original, mysterious, and one hell of a ride.

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Guys Lit Wire

Above average
on Sep 03 2010

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.

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