Tag Archive: dystopia


Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith

By Rhea

Lockdown, by Alexander Gordon Smith, is the first book in the Escape from Furnace series. Alex was a “normal” kid. He wasn’t all that bad, but he often stole. He stole from everyone in hopes of making some quick cash. One day, he and his friend Toby break into a specific house when they hear someone. Turns out there are many men in the house, and they are not there to stop the two boys. They shoot Toby and frame Alex. Because of this, Alex is sent to Furnace Penitentiary, a new underground prison for juvenile delinquents. Once there, Alex realizes that the horrors there are worse than anything on Earth. During the “day” things are bad enough in the tough conditions, but things are even worse at night. That’s when inmates are taken from their cells and never seen again. But when all hope seems lost, Alex and his group of friends come up with a plan for the impossible: escape from furnace. Chances of escape are slim, and the consequences are worse than death. Can they make it?

Lockdown is a great book, but many may not like it. The plot is great and the book is very intense. This book keeps you on your toes. However, some may find this book too violent. There isn’t much violence itself in the book, but “some scenes may be too frightening for children.” There are some pretty gruesome things that happen in this book. I think that this is an amazing book, but it is violent. Many parts of the book are also a little depressing. However, I love this book, and you should give it a chance, too!

Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith

By Rhea

Solitary, by Alexander Gordon Smith, is the second book in the Escape from Furnace series.  Alex and his friend Zee have finally escaped Furnace, only to find that their escape route does not lead them to the surface.  Additionally, the guards from Furnace have now released the horrible and vicious mutant dogs on the boys to make sure that they do not escape.  It seems that they still are not truly free.  Hoping to get away, the boys continue deeper, only to end up in a different, deadlier part of Furnace.  Once the Warden finds out that the escapees have been captured, he gives them a sentence worse than death: a month in solitary.  If the horrors of Furnace haven’t killed the boys, then solitary surely will.  It is only a matter of time until they go mad.  But maybe there is still some hope…

I absolutely love Solitary and the rest of the series.  The story line is very good and completely unpredictable.  Not a single word in the book is a waste of space; everything connects to the story and makes it even more intense.  It is very fast-paced.  I am sure that boys would love this book, and so every boy should give it a try.  Like Lockdown, this book is slightly depressing since every time there is the slightest bit of hope, it is shattered, but even then the book is fantastic.  One should definitely read this book.  I think that everyone (or at least boys) will love it!

Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Catching Fire book cover image

Reviewed by Rhea

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins is the second book in the series The Hunger Games. Katniss and Peeta are promised easy and carefree lives after winning the Hunger Games, just like every other victor.  However, after winning the Hunger Games by outsmarting the Capitol, they are seen as rebels in the districts.  Many of the districts are starting to fight against the Capitol and trying to gain freedom so that they can finally have easy lives.  This goes against everything that the Capitol has worked for years on, and they will not let this go unpunished.  President Snow has threatened Katniss that he will kill her family and loved ones if she cannot prove to the districts that rebelling is wrong, and that her actions at the Hunger Games were of love, not rebellion.  But one question haunts her thoughts.  Is rebelling really that wrong?

I would recommend this book to anyone, no matter what they like to read.  This book has a little of everything.  It has romance, the love triangle between Katniss, Peeta, and Gale.  It has comedy, like the many remarks between Katniss, Peeta, and Haymitch.  Of course, it has action, which is what the Hunger Games are all about.  So no matter who you are, READ THIS BOOK!!

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Catching Fire

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Reviewed by Julie

This book is an adventure and action book that is the sequel to the Hunger Games. It’s about a girl, Katniss, who has to participate in the Hunger Games for a second time. If you read The Hunger Games, then you’ll like Catching Fire.

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Brave New World

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley [Teen Fiction]

Reviewed by Colleen, 12th grader

This was a deep, though-provoking book. Set in the future, it is a civilization where technology is used a lot. The focus is production — of everything. Family, religion, and overcoming obstacles are foreign concepts. Completely new plot with an age-old theme. Exciting and recommended to everyone.

The Giver

The Giver, by Lois Lowry [Teen Fiction, J Fiction]

Reviewed by Daniel

I read The Giver by Lois Lowry. It shows how boring a “perfect world” is how it really can’t be perfect. I recommend this book.