This is a book I kept putting down. Not because it is badly written as such. I just did not relate to the story or the characters at all and really struggled with the level of violence.
The main character is Alex who is framed for a murder he did not commit in a future where teenagers have been out of control and a no tolerance policy is now in effect. The result is life imprisonment in The Furnace, a high tech, high violence, low on humanity prison which is built into a fissure below the Earth’s surface.
To say that the institution is sadistic is an understatement!
The book was recommended to me as an alternative for Primary school aged boys who like Robert Muchamore, otherwise I would never have read it. I’m glad I did read it as there is no way I am putting this book into a Primary Library. Secondary Library – yes, but Primary – NO! I have only read the first of the Cherub series and found it quite entertaining.
My biggest problem is, I can’t read them all! I have to take recommendations form book sellers, and reviews in blogs and publications… I’m glad I read this one first though!
Not my cup of tea!