Furnace; Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

Furnace; Lockdown

Furnace; Lockdown

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!

The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

The Adoration of Jenna Fox

Imagine waking one day and remembering almost nothing about your life. How do you move forward from there? Or do you try to recapture the past? Do you reinvent or rediscover yourself?

Jenna has these problems when she wakes from a coma. Who is she? How did she get here? Jenna eventually comes to understand that her problems include another question – What is she?

Set in a future where scientific and medical advances have endangered the environment and life as we know it, Jenna must struggle with the discovery that she is not who or what she has been led to believe. How much is ‘human’? What about her soul?

At first I was a bit taken aback with Jenna. The writing seems to be disjointed, not quite nonsensical, but not necessarily logical either. But as the story progresses and Jenna finds more words to describe her conundrums, I was hooked! How far would you go to save your child? How far is too far?

Gripping reading with a fine cast of characters and some fairly involved ethical thinking! Loved it!!!