About the Book:
Author: M.A. Griffin
Pub. Date: January 31, 2017
Publisher: Chicken House (Scholastic)
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook, audiobook
Fear haunts the streets of Preston’s city: a girl has disappeared. Preston is drawn to investigate, exploring the city in the hunt for his missing friend. And deep in the bowels of a secret scientific institute, he discovers a sinister machine used to banish teenage criminals for their offenses.
Captured and condemned to a cavernous dimension, Preston is determined to escape. But this is no ordinary jail. Friendships will be forged and lives will be lost in a reckless battle for freedom, revenge–and revolution.
Set in a world all too similar to our own, Lifers is thrilling, pulse-pounding storytelling of the highest degree.
I have been drawn to a lot of mysteries and whodunits lately, so this book felt like it was calling to me. The blurb sounded fascinating and I couldn’t wait to dive into this story. Unfortunately, the pace of the novel was quite bothersome. It felt very slow and it took an awfully long time to really get started. It wastes no time explaining that there is a mystery going on, but it did not do a good job of explaining why there was a mystery. There are several other questions asked and the reader is prompted to continue, but there were a lot of bumps along the way.
I did not connect with all of the characters, but I was still prompted to finish the story to find out what happened. I wish there were not so many characters as they sort of became jumbled as the story continued. I was struggling to remember who did what and why everyone was there. The sheer need to find out what happened is what pushed me to finish. This was not the best mystery I have read, as I wish there had been more action and less description, but it was still enjoyable.
I’m a writer of children’s fiction, represented by Ben Illis at the B.I.A., available for workshops and school visits when I’m not chained to a laptop cursing my lack of progress and/or poverty of imagination.
3 winners will receive a finished copy of LIFERS, US Only.
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