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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith (7 reviews)



Tyler,    16  
Alexander Gordon Smith  
Lockdown   
Farrar Straus & Giroux    2010
           I liked this book very much. I really enjoyed the plot of the book as well as the characters in the book. The way the story played out was very cool. Overall, this was a book that i would like to read again. Very engaging  
Rating, 4. Better than most.
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David, 16
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown

This book is about a kid named Alex and he got set up for killing his friend. He was framed and put in Furnacce Pen. Alex is trying to think of a way to escape and he might have just found it.

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4/8/2010
Ursula, 17
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Annotation: Alex Sawyer lives in a time where if a teen commits a crime, he/she will be sentenced for life in Furnace, an underground prison that has zero tolerance for teens due to the Summer of Slaughter of adolescent madness. However, he has been put in Furnace, framed for a crime he didn't commit and he wants to get out no matter what it takes.
Additional Comments: It was kind of disturbing.
Rating? 4 Better than most
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Andrea F., 16, 10/21/2009 3:31:31 PM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Farrar, Straus, and Giroux 2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The idea that adults could lose all sympathy for the young.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten?No
Rating? 4 Better than most
Annotation: After the Summer of Slaughter, when gang violence erupted into full blown city riots, juveniles are given no mercy in the justice system. Now when 14 year old Alex is framed for murder he is sentenced without hesitation to life long imprisonment in Furnace. Buried miles under the earth, Furnace was created to imprison all juvenile offenders, and those in it are thought of as dead. No visitors, no regulations of any kind protecting the rights of the prisoners, and most suspect that hideous experiments are performed on the inmates. So what’s an innocent kid to do? Plan an escape of course.
Additional Comments:
I enjoyed this book very much. The characters were 3 dimensional, the situation compelling, and despite everything, funny. I had to finish it once I started it, and I'm really looking forward to the sequel.
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Anthony,14
10/26/2009 7:14:08 AM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Farrar Straus Giroux
2009
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: I think that the most compelling thing is that there is hope for escape and then that hope is taken away and the main characters find a different hope.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? No
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Additional Comments: i can't wait for the next one!
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Courtnie, 14
1/14/2010 8:14:07 PM
Alexander Gordon Smith
Lockdown
Describe the most compelling aspect of the book: The details were fabulous. Alexander Gordon Smith is a great author.
Should this be nominated for Teens' Top Ten? Why? Yes This book is one of the best book's I have ever read. The writing is spectacular and the author has an eye for detail.
Rating? 5 Hard to imagine a better book
Cover comments: The cover reflected the contents perfectly, it was both scary and mysterious.
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Ben,    17  
Alexander Gordon Smith  
Lockdown  
Farrar Straus Giroux    2010
           An incredibly quick and unsatifying read, while the content is soild it feels like the opening art of a story not a full novel. The cliffhanger ending does leave you wanting more but it doesnt feel justified and isnt backed my enough substance  
Rating, 3. Readable.

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