Book Review: “Lockdown” by Alexander Gordon

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Don’t make the mistake of bringing your heart down here with you, there is no place for it in Furnace.

Title: Lockdown
Author: Alexander Gordon
Genre: Young Adult
Part of: Escape from Furnace series

Welcome to Furnace Penitentiary, the worst prison on earth for young offenders. A place that makes hell sound like a nice place. Built deep underground and filled with strange and odd happenings better left untold and for you to discover. Alex Sawyer thrown in there for a crime he didn’t commit. With the help of some of his inmate friends, he tries to escape.

The second I held this book, I couldn’t put it down. It was so well written and engaging I lost time and didn’t feel the stiffness until after. Then I spent days afterward only thinking about it. The plot is never predictable and the pacing is fast, the way I like my books.

Alex Sawyer is a lovable character. He might be a bully and a thief but a teenager couldn’t possibly be sentenced to a life behind bars for those reasons. It’s murder that put him in there, a murder he didn’t commit. He then meets other wrongly accused teenagers and equally interesting characters and together they plan for an escape.

Then, you find Furnace, a fascinating place that made me shiver with it’s horrors and secrets, from the screams at night to the odd creatures that roam the hallways to the mysterious warden.

I can’t stress this book enough for horror and young adult fans.

Verdict: 5/5

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