Adele’s list may be YA only, but I’m including all age brackets. Oh, and these aren’t all published in 2010 – I just read them in 2010. Better late than never
Anyhoo, here we are, counting down from 5 to 1 – yes, I do play favourites:
Alexander Gordon Smith
Solitary (Escape from Furnace, Book 2)
Faber (UK: 2nd July 2009; AU: September 2009); Farrar, Straus and Giroux (US: 21st December 2010)
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Alex Sawyer and his allies broke out of the general population sector, but their escape from Furnace Penitentiary is far from over – more so now that those who survived are locked in solitary confinement. Despite the hallucinations, and licking the rock walls for moisture, solitary isn’t so bad compared to the dangers outside. But Alex is dead-set on escaping the prison once and for all, and an unexpected ally is showing him the ropes – though the psychological obstacles are beginning to outweigh the physical.
Solitary begins directly where Lockdown ended – yes, this is a cliffhanger series. I read the first novel in late 2008, and my brain isn’t good at remembering stuff, so reacquaintance with characters and the prison set-up took me a few chapters. But this cracking YA futuristic horror thriller comes with a heartwreching emotional punch that very nearly had me in tears. This unique series may be targeted towards teenage boys, but it’s certainly won over this twenty-something female!
P.S. But what really had me crying was the author’s guest blog post at the Book Smugglers, where he explains the inspiration for this series. Read it and weep: Alexander Gordon Smith on Inspiration & Influences
US cover art for Kelley Armstrong’s The Awakening, to be released 28th April 2009. Haven’t found the UK art yet.
ADDED: ALEXANDER GORDON SMITH – Solitary – Jul 2009