Lockdown (Escape From Furnace #1)

 By Alexander Gordon Smith

   October is the time for all things scary and creepy. So why not read something meeting these qualifications? Teens appear to be enchanted by this, so the perfect place to look is in the Young Adult section of the Library. To aid my search, Children’s librarian, Alysha Wogee, picked out a box of books for this old buzzard that met these criteria.
   Canadian author Smith has written a series under the subtitle “Escape from Furnace.” This series may not be as scary as some, but it is for sure creepy. Author James Patterson referred to it as being “fresh and ferocious,” which sounds like a good recommendation.
   The tale takes place in the future after the Summer of Slaughter, when teenage gangs killed hundreds of people. After that there were no more leniencies for child offenders. 
   A petty teenage burglar, Alex Sawyer, is framed and convicted of a murder he didn’t commit. For this he is sentenced to life without parole in the Furnace Penitentiary, the most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. The prison is a place of pure evil where creatures stalk the corridors at night dragging inmates away, and sadistic guards and hell-hounds guard the place during the day. There are also the prison gangs who, with nothing to lose, will kill an inmate just for the heck of it. Sawyer realizes he either has to resign himself to dying or find a way out.
   If readers finish the first book, they will want to read the other books in the series to find out what happens because the books end with a cliffhanger.

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