Beneath heaven is hell. Beneath hell is Furnace. Furnace Penitentiary. The world's most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth's surface. One way in, no way out. Once you're here, you're here until you die, and for most of the inmates that doesn't take long - not with the sadistic guards and the bloodthirsty gangs. 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. Only in Furnace, death is the least of his worries. Soon Alex discovers that the prison is a place of pure evil, where 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 as dangerous as the devil himself, whose unthinkable acts have consequences that stretch far beyond the walls of the prison. Together with a bunch of inmates - some innocent kids who have been framed, others cold-blooded killers - Alex plans the prison break to end all prison breaks. But as he starts to uncover the truth about Furnace's deeper, darker purpose, Alex's actions grow ever more dangerous, and he must risk everything to expose this nightmare that's hidden from the eyes of the world.
My Thoughts: I absolutely loved this book. I was drawn into the story from the very beginning. I started on Friday night and finished it the next night. I normally like a little romance in my YA books, but there was no female in this book at all (unless you count the main character's mom who was only in the book for a chapter or two). What happens to the children in the Furnace is sad but the story is laced with hope and action through the twist and turns of the story. I've been in a bit of a reading drought but this really woke me up. Hopefully I'm back to my old self, reading most books in 2-3 days again (1 week at the most). I can't wait to read the next book in this series, especially since the author left me wondering what happened to the characters at the end of the book. I give this book an A+ just because I loved it so much! Just because I like it doesn't mean everybody has similar taste but if you can get this book I would definitely get it. :)