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29 April 2015

Lockdown (Escape from Furnace #1)

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith is the first book in his Escape from Furnace series.

Furnace Penitentiary is the most secure prison for young criminals. It was built a mile below the Earth's surface. And once those sentenced there are delivered via the longest elevator ride of their lives, they are never to return to the surface. All sentences are life. No parole. No visitors. No mail. Just other prisoners, evil guards and mutant dogs who will eat anyone found outside of their cells after lockdown.

Alex Sawyer is a criminal. He and his best friend went from robbing classmates on the playground to breaking into houses. While he knows it is wrong, he is addicted to the cash and the rush. Then everything goes wrong. He and Toby are in a house when men in black suits appear. One of them shoots Toby and throws Alex the gun. With his prints now on the weapon he is told to run.

Now Alex is in Furnace for a crime he did not commit. And he is in for life. Unless he can figure out a way to escape - from one mile below the surface. Smith has created a high intensity thriller from which there seems like no escape.

Smith, Alexander Gordon. (2009). Lockdown. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

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