ESCAPE IS IMPOSSIBLE
Fifteen-year-old Will Drake has made a career of breaking out from high-security prisons. His talents have landed him at the Rig, a specialist juvenile holding facility in the middle of the Arctic Ocean. No one can escape from the Rig. No one except for Drake...
After making some escape plans and meeting the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realises that all is not as it seems on the Rig. The Warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X - a blue, glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom - but can they survive long enough to make it?
Drake is an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and the Cherub team in this debut author's fantastically imagined sci-fi nightmare.
About the Author
Twenty-five-year-old British-born Joe currently resides in Perth, Western Australia. Joe attended Edith Cowan University and graduated in 2010 with a Degree in Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence. Joe has also studied Creative and Professional Writing at Curtin University.When not writing stories, Joe's work over the past few years has involved border protection, liaisons between domestic and international military forces, private security consulting, living out of a suitcase, and travel to some interesting places dotted around the world. He is primarily a writer of urban fantasy and science fiction aimed at young adults and, when not talking about himself in the third person, enjoys devouring books at an absurdly disgusting rate and ambling over mountains. Preferably at the same time.
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Will Drake has already escaped from three maximum security juvenile detention facilities. But he's seen nothing like the Rig. Located in the middle of the Arctic Ocean at a former oil rig, it's not just the conditions that are brutal. With a tracker accounting for each inmates every move and guards who are crueller than the weather – it seems like there's no escape for Will. But he's determined. With a techno-genius for a cell mate and a girl who helps Will discover some of the secrets the Rig holds, there's nothing going to stop Will escaping… not even the mysterious Crystal-X.
From the first page of The Rig I felt like I was watching a movie. There's so much cinematic potential for this book. From the helicopters landing on one of the five old oil platforms now turned prison for criminal youth to the brilliant sport Ducie came up with "Rig Ball" – I felt like I could see all the action playing out like a film.
Will is a great character to let us into the secrets of the Rig. He's street smart and practical but he's nobodies fool. We get to find out as we read that whilst he may be an inmate of one of the world's toughest juvenile facilities, he's not a bad guy. That said – he can hold his own even against super enhanced bullies. There's more than meets the eye to Will – and we get to see that as hardened as prison has made him he still cares for his family and friends. Tristan – Will's cell mate – is an oddly likeable guy. He's a quiet guy who just wants to do his time and get out – the opposite in many ways to Will – but he's willing to stand up for his friends no matter the consequences to himself. I liked him. His interaction with Irene, a female detainee on the other side of the Rig, was somewhat adorable to read as it unfolded and added a little to the comic relief for what is a mostly serious novel.
The action is this novel is brilliant. There's a lot going on and Ducie has come up with some great concepts. The idea for his magnetized lacrosse game – known as Rig Ball - is as fun as it is absolutely brutal. The trackers which not only detect location but also keep track of how much the inmates owe the establishment for their stay is an interesting design that I thought was pretty cool. The plot around Crystal-X is something that I wish was developed a little further. There's a lot about the blue crystal that I thought had a lot of potential however it felt a little out of place. This book is suspenseful and a great contemporary thriller up until about half way though when the Crystal-X is introduced and it brought me out of the story a little. The alien mineral gave the novel a paranormal element which just felt a little odd considering the rest of what was going on.
I enjoyed reading this book. Great characters with a setting so vivid I felt like I could be there on the Rig with Will and the others – this book was a brilliant read.
Audience: Teenager / Young Adult
For Ages: 13 - 16 years old
For Grades: 8 - 11
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 1st September 2013
Publisher: Hot Key Books
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.29