Genre: Sci-Fi, Adventure
Synopsis: 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?
200words (or less) review: Set in the not so distant future the story begins when Will arrives at The Rig. In the middle of nowhere, The Rig is the fourth prison Will has been sent. This one, the authorities are convinced he can’t escape.
Apart from the fact that Joe Ducie has written a thrilling story, he’s also supplied some great characters. I liked Will. Sometimes I struggle a bit with male protagonists but Will’s sarcasm won me over from the very start. (Love how we never did find out if his answer was the truth for the third prison escape.)
The Rig is action packed and full of intrigue. Will tries to come up with a new escape plan but the longer he is incarcerated the more the mysteries surrounding The Rig pull him and the reader in. All the different story elements come together well not to mention the pacing grips you from the start.
Word of warning; make sure you have a few hours before you start this book because it’s really hard to put down.