Author: Madeleine Roux
Page Count: 340
Chapter Count: 47 with a Prologue and Epilogue
Genres: Young Adult Fiction, Mystery, and Horror Fiction
Setting: Brookline Asylum, 1968
Publisher: Harper Collins
Before Dan, Abby, and Jordan ever entered the asylum....
When its evil warden was still crafting his plan....
One teen learned that to save himself, he would have to escape.
This haunting prequel to the asylum series can stand on its own for new readers or provide missing puzzle pieces for series fans.
Summary: The Nightmare is just beginning......
Ricky Desmond doesn't belong in the Brookline Asylum. His parents sent him here because they think he's a deviant and that can be cured but Ricky knows there's no cure for what he has.
Soon he arrives, Ricky learns that being locked up against his will is only the beginning of his problems. Rumor has it that the Brookline warden authorizes treatments that aren't entirely...humane. That he's a butcher, and a monster. And if the screams Ricky hears coming from the basement are any indication, the rumors are an understatement. Now, with the help of a nurse who feels just as trapped in Brookline as he does, Ricky must escape before the asylum claims his sanity or his life.
Madeleine Roux returns to the world of her New York Times bestselling Asylum series with this page-turning prequel novel, set in the days when the asylum's legacy of terror was not a history but a reality. With haunting found photographs of real Asylums, Escape From Asylum is a mind-bending and scary installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new readers or provide missing puzzle pieces for series fans.
Review: I absolutely love Madeleine Roux books. I have a fair few of them including the rest of the Asylum series. Granted I read Asylum first before I ever knew there was a prequel book. The book is so good and one of my absolute favorites. The pictures are super creepy as well. To me all the pictures make the book. The fact that some of the pictures came from real Asylums make this book even creepier. Madeleine Roux knows how to weave a creepy story. If you love horror books, then this is the one that most definitely read. Ricky is the main character and this is his story. I couldn't put the book down once I had started it. I read it in just a few hours last night. I really didn't want to give spoilers cause that's not how I work. If you don't want to read the spoilers then then stop reading here and skip down to where they end. If you would rather read the spoilers then go right head.
Ricky is sent to Brookline Asylum because his parents didn't know of any other way to help him. Eventually he learns that he's to be the wardens patient zero. At first look you would think that the Asylum is filled with a bunch of crazies, but that's not the case. Most of the kids that have been admitted are perfectly normal. They're are a fair few patients that seem like they have been there forever, which in some cases they probably have. Patty is one such example of a normal person, the only thing wrong with her is that she likes to randomly burst into song where ever shes at. After being there for so long Ricky discovers that his mother and stepfather lied to him about his real father. It turns out that his real father was a patient at Brookline too. The warden had him killed because he couldn't do what he wanted. That's how Ricky got there, the warden kept sending mom and stepdad pamphlets about the Asylum. Eventually Ricky finally escapes, but to know how you'll just have to read the book.
***Spoilers end here***
Hopefully you'll enjoy the book as much as I did. I will have buy links posted down at the bottom if the book is something you're interested.
Rating: If you don't know much about my system you can find out Here. As for the rating for this book I would give it 3 stars, at least for my rating system. For a regular rating system I would give it 5 stars.
Quotes: Some of my absolute favorite quotes are:
" The warden said he would start my "treatment" soon but he hasn't talked to me at all since then. I see him watching me. He's always watching me. What is he waiting for?"
" The warden is a butcher. The warden is a monster. There, Nurse Ash, I wrote it down so I can't forget it. Happy now? Next time answer my questions before you turn chicken and run away."
"So I've seen her. She's real. The girl from my nightmares is here and on the other side of the wall. I can't sleep tonight. Jesus, I don't know if I'll ever sleep again."
"If he was mad and hallucinating this moment, it would make more sense, he decided, reading the name over and over again.
Desmond, Pierce Andrew
Insomnia, MPD, Restlessness, Suicidal Ideation
And on the back Closet."
"Ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around....That's it. That's all I can remember. It's all going. I live at 335 Hammond Street, my mother is Kathy Anne. My father is...My father is. I don't know. I remember Butch. I remember mom. Where did it go? These aren't things you forget. Nurse Ash told me not to forget. She told me not to trust. But I just can't remember everything, it takes too much energy and when I try it puffs into smoke."
"I just want to sleep. I wish he would let me sleep."
"But he didn't lie about Dennis, did he? He was dangerous. He was a killer and you didn't listen and now Jocelyn is dead."
Author Bio: Madeleine Roux is the New York Times bestselling author of Asylum, which has sold into nine countries around the world; its sequels, Sanctum and Catacomb; and the Asylum Novellas: The Scarlets, The Bone Artists, and The Warden. Madeleine is also the Author of Allison Hewitt Is Trapped and Sadie Walker is Stranded. A graduate of the Beloit College MFA program, Madeleine now lives in Southern California.
Disclaimer: I am so sorry that I haven't posted in forever. I've been busy with work and life and other things. I will try to be better about reading and posting. I hope this makes up for not being active in awhile.