Sunday, October 25, 2009

Ambitious Edition: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith

Title: Lockdown: Escape from Furnace
Author(s): Alexander Gordon Smith
Release Date: 10.27.09
ISBN-10: 0374324913

The Usual Questions:

Is this the first in a series?
Yes. It is Volume 1 of 5.

What is the basic concept?

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.

Is the cover art favorable?
I'm not a huge fan... in fact, I stumbled past this one when I was looking, several times, and then when it kept popping up, I finally read the description, and was then intrigued.

What are some of the author's other works?
It looks like the Furnace series, released in the UK are sort of prequels to this series, but not necessary to have read them to enjoy Lockdown.


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