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Escape from Asylum

(Asylum #0)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  3,746 ratings  ·  414 reviews
In this terrifying prequel novel to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, a teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline psychiatric hospital and must find a way out—before he becomes the next victim of the evil warden’s experiments. With the page-turning suspense and unsettling found photographs from real asylums that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum “a stron ...more
Published June 14th 2016 by HarperCollins
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Savannah I read it after.

Personally though, in the future I'm going to read the series in this order

The Warden (3.5)
Escape From Asylum (0.5)
Asylum (1)
The Scar…more
I read it after.

Personally though, in the future I'm going to read the series in this order

The Warden (3.5)
Escape From Asylum (0.5)
Asylum (1)
The Scarlets (1.5)
Sanctum (2)
The Bone Artists (2.5)
Catacomb (3)

This way I have the introductions/novellas (1.5 and 2.5) to the main books first. I think It will be interesting to read them in this order and maybe it'll help understand some things a bit better. (less)
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Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile
3.5 stars. This was a great prequel to the series. Creepy and a bit nervewracking at times, the mystery slowly unfolded as to people's true intentions. It's heartbreaking in general how asylums used to be in very recent history. So many perfectly sane people were locked away because their families didn't want them or disagreed with some aspect of their lives, like being gay or transgender. I think we have come a long way for the most part, and I hope this important part of society only continues ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Escape from Asylum (Asylum 0.5), Madeleine Roux
Escape From Asylum: An Asylum Prequel (2016). In this terrifying prequel novel to the New York Times bestselling Asylum series, a teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline psychiatric hospital and must find a way out—before he becomes the next victim of the evil warden’s experiments. The series follows sixteen-year-old Dan Crawford, who was chosen to attend a prestigious college preparatory summer program in New Hampshire. Once there he befriend
Oct 26, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
I started this book a few years ago and havent been able to finish it. Maybe one day I'll be able to pick it up and start it over but as of right now it's a dnf.
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So I don't tend to read prequels often. Prequels and novellas are those things that I don't feel like they add anything to the story for the most part. But I really love the Asylum trilogy and I think about it all the time so when I saw this at the library I instantly brought it home and started it immediately.

I'm really glad I read this. It doesn't give too much background for the Asylum trilogy, but it does still have an interesting story, and it was interesting to see where the characters in
As the teaser said this book can be read both as a stand alone and as a prequel to the series that shines more light on what happened in the old asylum. I think that the beginning of this book had more horror than the original series and this book had more of a creepy asylum vibe I liked. Although I loved Dan, Abby and Jordan but Ricky was also a likable character.
Sierra Winfield
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
This rating system needs more than 5 stars. I really enjoyed this book. As always the longer review is up on my blog. And again I wasn't able to put this book down. I read it in just a couple of hours or so and I really enjoyed it. Madeleine Roux knows how to spin a creepy tale. The pictures that are spaced through out the book make the book in my opinion. I'm not quite sure what to say about this book, except if you enjoy horror anything than you will definitely enjoy this book
Baker St Shelves
Jun 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you're interested in reading the Asylum series, I recommend starting with this book since this is a prequel that takes place in the 60's. We follow Ricky Desmond as he's wrongfully sent to a lunatic asylum that's run by a ruthless warden. As he tries to escape, he sees strange things that question his sanity. If you want a nice creepy read, then check this out.
Jean (Bookish Poetess)
Dec 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
“I wasted a lot of time thinking I was so smart and so hip. Now I just want to be good, and to do that I have to believe other people are good, too.”

Escape from Asylum is a prequel to the Asylum series which story circulated around Ricky Desmond, a teenage guy with a temper management issue. He is living with his mother and stepfather and has visited several institutions for his issue. But on the day he became violent towards his stepfather, Ricky has no other choice but to live in Brookline, an
I really loved this book so much it was thrilling and the photos really set the tone of the story so well. I really liked the characters especially Ricky and Kay I liked their relationship you could really tell this book was set in in the late 60s from a few things that are said in the story this is the first book I have read with this kind of setting with a transgender character I really liked the characters so much. The horror atmosphere was so well done you could feel Ricky's struggles and th ...more
Sep 01, 2020 added it
Dnf 55% - I dont care
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Jul 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) by: Friends
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Ashley Gallegos
Dec 26, 2018 rated it did not like it
DNF. Really tried but never caught my attention. Total bummer because I really liked the main series.
Brenda A
I don’t know why I keep hoping for something more from these books. This prequel is arguably better than the whole series with the exception of the first book simply because the scary moments WERE actually kind of creepy. The dream Ricky had about his mother like a doll and his stepfather all creaky and bent out of shape was the first time this author has given me the chills.

The breadth of characters was refreshing too, especially since it’s the late 1960s. It was considered deviant to be anyth
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4/5 stars

This prequel to the Asylum series continues the story of Brookline Asylum by taking us back to the 1960's and answering some of the questions raised in the other books. While I didn't find the story as strong as the first Asylum book, Escape from Asylum still kept me riveted. Like the previous books in the series, the creepy ghosts, brainwashing and horrific treatment of patients made my skin crawl at times. It conveyed a sense of claustrophobia, of being trapped and helpless. I became
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Jennifer Bowlin
Jul 21, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Characters lacked depth, storyline was weak, was not scary or creepy in the least, and I found myself not caring what happened. Struggled to finish it.
Amber J
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teens and up
This is a story about Ricky. He's a teenager. He likes men and women and he has a bit of a temper. Which is why his mom and his step-dad Butch has admitted him to Brookline and Warden Crawford care. At first it isn't to bad. He makes a friend, Kay. She a beautiful dark skinned lady. She's been admitted to Brookline because she was born Keith and her dad couldn't have that. He throws on the charm and humor working to get that phone call home cause he knows once he talks to his mom she will come ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually liked this a fair amount more than Asylum itself. It helped renew my desire to continue (which had dwindled after the first book). The haunting aspects vs reality are a strange mix. I actually liked both Ricky and Kay. I kept expecting trouble with Dennis, having read the first book. There are some odd mind games in this book that make you feel almost as lost as Ricky must have felt which was good. Still this is a very mild YA horror novel. Part supernatural, part psychological.
Nicole Alycia
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018-reads
I definitely thought the ending to this book would be a bit more dramatic than it actually was. Not that there wasn’t drama but it ended a bit more abruptly than I expected.
All in all I thought this was a solid prequel. It gave you a good history of the sick things that went on at Brookline before the school turned it into a dorm and caused all the events of the Asylum series to unfold. It really was twisted, some of the things they tried to do. It’s sad the way people were treated for bei
Jan 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The book was spooky and captivated my attention a lot more than I thought it would be able to. It has been so long since any horror novel or movie has scared me, but this one had my heart racing at some points. Well done.
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
I felt unimpressed. I wanted more of an asylum feel, if that makes sense? I wanted more on the procedures and more atmosphere to really make me feel like I was there. I also didn't feel like I was in the timeline. There was nothing really there to make me feel like I was in the 60's.

I also would have liked more info on Lucy and maybe some more background on the other characters. That would have drew me in way more. I kept wondering about Lucy and certain things that happened made me confused be
siobhan Quinlan
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
5 cups of tea read. Was any interesting novel and the setting was creepy.
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Aug 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in this book for 3 reasons: the cover was super creepy, I was intrigued by the promise of actual "found photos from real asylums", and it was pretty cheap. I was really into it for the first half or so; it had a great creepy vibe and some paranormal things going on. But then it seemed to focus more on the plain human evil of the warden and I just lost interest a bit. I really liked the characters, I just wish it had gone a different route and stuck with a haunted-ghost story kin ...more
Jul 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-of-2016
I wanted to like this book as much as I liked the other books in the series...however it was a struggle for me to read. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and felt a sense of one dimensional development. I'm not sure why I was not pulled into the twisted, creepy, and brutal halls of the asylum like I was in the other books...sigh.
Lone Matz
Nov 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Very spooky! I thought the photos in this book were more spooky than the ones in the previous books. Sometimes I had to cover them up, ha-ha! Interesting to hear Ricky´s Story. Very scary stuff! I enjoyed it! :-) It was a good thrill!
Janice Felgueira
Jan 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This YA story was better than I thought. There were good parts and bad. I will be reading the other three in this series because my reading instinct has been peeked.
Ally Guay
I am so glad that I decided to read this book. The series has always mocked me in a way. The series was constantly showing up in my recommendations, my friends were reading it etc. When I read that this was a prequel, I told myself that I had to buy this book when I saw it at Walmart lol. On that note, best $9.00 I have spent this month lol. It was gripping, exciting, scary, thrilling, enticing, there are so many other adjectives I could say! I loved the plot, and the author knows how to make yo ...more
Logan Stecher
Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
If you're starting the series here (or just planning to read this alone), then it can be considered a decent book, despite having some predictability.

If you have read the other books, then this does feel like a bit of a re-skin to the original book. In a way, it was kind of nice as the original was better than its sequals (which allows this book to give you a sense of "reuniting" with that one after reading everything else).
Samantha Ivy (SundressSecrets)
I now know the secrets to the asylum. The prequel was everything and more. This "seriously creepy" book tells everything you've been questioning since we've read about Dan, Abby, and Jordan. I recommend this entire series. I look forward to picking up House of Furies now // for reviews: ...more
Lauren Roberts
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed getting to read this prequel as it explained a lot about some of the characters in the first in the series. Another terrifying insight into the mental institutions that were run until not that long ago. This fictional tale was interesting and looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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