Monday, October 5, 2015

Review: The Rig by Joe Ducie

The RigTitle: The Rig
Author: Joe Ducie
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: October 6, 2015

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?

For being set on such a small space, a lot sure happened in The Rig.

When this started out, I was immediately reminded of a particular episode of ATLA, what with the prison being in the middle of the ocean and all.  That quickly passed as the action soon started.  I must say, I was very pleased to read about a male main character.

Drake was an interesting character to read about.  He wasn't your typical criminal sent to prison for whatever his crimes were.  And his story - when finally fully revealed - was rather heartbreaking.  In fact, none of the side characters had a simple story.

I knew going in how (sort of) this would end.  But what was fun was trying to figure out how it would get there.  And it was amazing seeing Drake's prison break skills in action.  And I was not expecting the crazy supernatural superpower thing that happened (even though it was in the synopsis. oops!).  But that just made things more intriguing.  And the CrystalX thing is something I want to know more about.  They say it has led to cures.  Is that true?  Our villain has just earned some points with me here for actually having a reason for what he/it does.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this, and I had trouble putting it down.  If you like action in your YA, you will probably enjoy this book.

Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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