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Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith
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Aug 06, 11

bookshelves: not-graphic, sci-fi, ya, dark

Anyone who says reading is boring has yet to read Lockdown. This one is non-stop action and suspense. While Smith's writing is dramatically overblown with never an understatement in sight, I didn't want to put it down because I was always anxious to find out what came next. Highly recommended if you're looking for a bit of escapist action excitement that will engage your interest and refuse to let go.

Alex has spent the last couple of years becoming a playground thug and petty thief, but it all goes horribly wrong during a break-in with his best friend Toby. From out of nowhere, a group of inhuman men in black suits show up to shoot Toby and frame Alex for the murder. Ever since the Summer of Slaughter, when youth gangs got out of control, there has been no tolerance or mercy for juvenile offenders, and Alex is sentenced to life without chance of parole in Furnace Penitentiary. Furnace is carved out of solid rock a mile beneath the earth's surface, and Alex steps out of the elevator to find the men in suits are the prison's guards. But that is just the first, minor horrific discovery he makes about Furnace, and things get much, much worse.

Beneath heaven is hell.
Beneath hell is furnace.

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