by Alexander Gordon Smith
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where inhuman creatures in gas masks stalk the corridors at night, where giants in black suits drag screaming inmates into the shadows, where deformed beasts can be heard howling from the blood-drenched tunnels below. And behind everything is the mysterious, all-powerful warden, a man as cruel and dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison.
….all right, that is just creepy on SO many levels. But in a good way! If there is such a thing as good creepy. Bleak, harsh, and down-right depressing, yet sooooo good!
This book but was amazingly disturbing but kept me so interested! I was constantly on the edge of my seat with my heart pounding. The plot had so many twists and turns and it was just so intense! Everything was just so unexpected!
Even though this book is from a guy’s perspective, don’t think its just for guys.This kid was an awesome narrator who was believable and relatable. Although this book was a bit “out there”, the characters made it believable because they acted like anyone would if they were in that situation. The main character wasn’t an automatic “tough guy” who could handle anything. Don’t get me wrong, this guy was tough, but he still had emotions and was scared out of his wits. He freely admitted he was a pee in his pants kinda guy and who wouldn’t pee in their pants while in furnace?! Heck, I would! And that ending?!?! You can’t end a book like that!!! Cliffhanger alert! Need second book NOW!
While this book is a horror book, I felt it had more of a suspense/thriller feel.This book is ridiculously creepy on so many levels but don’t let that turn you off. It was an amazingly descriptive book that kept my heart racing even after finishing. However, it might be smart to read this book during the day. Just saying :)