The Rig

The Rig

Book - 2015
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2015]
ISBN: 9780544503113
Branch Call Number: j Fiction Duc
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 22 cm


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Sep 28, 2020

The Rig is actually an oil drilling platform that has been turned into a prison for incorrigible teens. Will Drake, who has made a career out of escaping from the most inescapable prisons in the world, has been assigned to The Rig. Almost immediately, Will runs afoul of several inmates and some of the guards as well. His cellmate, Tristan, has already been on The Rig for more than a year. Will learns early on that the electronic tracker on his wrist is going to make escape from this prison tricky; not to mention the fact that The Rig is surrounded by the Arctic Ocean and is miles away from land. However, if there is one thing that Will has learned, it is that no place is inescapable.

This book was a very interesting story reminiscent of the Lockdown series, but with a supernatural twist that shows up about half way through the book. The main characters are not unique or unusual in any way, but they are likable enough to make them people to root for. Overall, a fun adventure that can be enjoyed at any age.

sarahbru17 Jan 09, 2018

Characters: 6/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 5/10
The story itself was fun, fast-paced, and intriguing. I'd recommend it for the casual reader who enjoys action/adventure with a bit of mystery--but the characters are not super great (I wasn't really attached to any of them) and the writing was mediocre.
Normally, this doesn't leap out at me, but I don't read a ton of books written by men: the writing was sexist. Girls were stereotyped the whole time, starting with the "strawberry blonde" who remained unnamed but was a figure who's sole purpose was to a) cry and b) look hot playing a stupid sport. There were only two named females, and both of them were sexualized. It became painfully clear to me that this was written by a man when he wrote, "She crossed her arms under her breasts and stared at Brand..." (p. 35). It felt like reading a bit like reading a Mission Impossible movie.

Aug 23, 2016

A great book

I didn't like the main character at first, but as the story grew I liked him more.

WARNING! I thought this was just a prison escape book, but there is a couple things that can be tied with sci-fi/fantasy. This is why I give it four starts. It was unsuspected. As the book went on, I learned I did like the element/theme.

Highly Recommended!

faitC26 Jul 02, 2016

Interesting book with good suspense and action :)


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Feb 24, 2018

chantelle2018 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

sarahbru17 Jan 09, 2018

sarahbru17 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over


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Feb 24, 2018

"I could hack into NATO using one of the consoles behind the counter at Burger King." - Tristen

faitC26 Jul 02, 2016

"The Alliance has taken a lot from me, from the whole world, but it does not get to have that!(his mom)"--Will Drake


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