Breakout by A.M. Rose
That’s the amount of time until Lezah’s execution.
She’ll die never knowing what got her locked up in this godforsaken prison in the first place. Her only chance of survival is to escape. Except the monitoring bracelet that digs into her wrist, the roaming AI, and the implant in her neck make freedom close to impossible.
Her best chance is to team up with the four other inmates who are determined to break out, even if one of them is beyond (gorgeous) annoying—oh, and in for murder. But he has a secret of his own. One that could break Lezah if she finds out, but could also set him free.
Figuring out how to work with him and the rest of this mismatched group of criminals is the only way Lezah will survive to see the outside world again.
But nothing in this prison is as it seems. And no one.
Lezah is at Ironport Detention, but she has no idea why. No one goes by their names. They’re just numbers. Each prisoner wears a bracelet that not only monitors their every move, but it also shocks them when they do something wrong. The bracelets have their execution countdown on them. When they come to take away a girl across from her cell, they make the prisoners watch as she is tortured. Lezah has never really talked to her roommate. But Clara’s time is almost up and she realizes that Lezah is going to try to escape. Lezah doesn’t trust her, but she figures she can ditch her later. The girls find a way to deactivate their bracelets and they take off. Clara’s dad helped build the prison, so she is able to find a hidden door.
The girls have no idea where to go. They first stumble on Ruthie, the girl who they just watch get electrocuted. She is somehow still alive and begs to go with them. The girls are above the rooms in a vent when they happen upon a really nice room below them. It’s a guys cell and it’s really nice. They have food, games, and comfortable beds and clothes. The girls accidentally fall through the ceiling. Lezah recognizes one of the guys, Seph and Clara recognizes the other, Trip. The boys decide they want out, too. Lezah is less than thrilled, but what can she do at this point?
This is where things get weird. Strange things appear. They don’t all see the same thing. The prison changes and there are creatures attacking them. Lezah knows the technology from helping her dad develop WALTERs which are robots that have free will and emotion. But the WALTERS at the prison are being controlled and they are after the group. Lezah is determined to remember her past and find out who is controlling this prison.
Things are not all as they seem. It’s hard to trust anyone and there are some weird twists. I ended up loving this group of friends and I hope there will be a book two.
Thank you to A.M. Rose for sending me a copy for review.
I gave this 4 stars.
Warnings for mind control, an abusive parent, and spiders. Lots of spiders.
Have you read Breakout? Is it on your TBR?