Lockdown is by Alexander Gordon Smith. The first book in the Escape from Furnace series. A creepy entrant into the dystopian fiction category. Alex and his friend break into people's houses. One night they are caught by some mysterious men in black suits who murder Toby. Alex is framed for his murder and sentenced to the Furnace for life. Furnace is a maximum security prison for young offenders located a mile under the Earth. Once there, Alex discovers there are more terrible things happening in Furnace than just being in an underground prison for life. Boys will especially love this creepy book.
Ratings: 8th grade - 8 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (mature thematic content).