*I received this book as a review copy from Five Mile Press for a honest review in return. Thank you*
Will Drake has escaped every prison he's ever been in and when re-located to the toughest juvenile centre he believes 'The Rig' will be no different. But The Rig is in the middle of the Arctic Ocean and every step is monitored by a tracker. The idea of this sounded amazing and believe me, The Rig has a lot going for it. If you like action packed thrillers, with plot twists and a bit of badass, then you’ll no doubt enjoy this book. It’s not something I usually go for and definitely a change from my usual range of books but I understand why it has received the awards it has because I can see people loving it.
The Rig was a interesting idea that I was intrigued by. A oil rig in the middle of the arctic run by brutal force, home to a bunch of delinquents… was quite a cool idea. Our main character Will Drake or as he is more commonly referred to in the books as Drake, has managed to escape every prison so I was really interested to see how he’d escape the inescapable. Especially with every walking moment monitored. Obviously this wasn’t going to be a easy peasy task and I liked that it didn’t come easy to Drake. Drake was not full of himself, rather aware of his abilities and whilst he had this bad ass image he also had a softer side to him.
I struggled to get into it at first but once you get into The Rig it can be quite gripping because you can't leave the story without knowing exactly how it’s going to end, it’s just one of those books. As the story progressed unlikely alliances and friendships formed which I thought was a nice addition to the story. It was a really good dystopian and the storyline was very original which is always something I really appreciate. The whole Rig was really rough and in the environment of it all you start to get your suspicions and you begin to question things. But I never saw one of the massive plot twists coming. The twist will have you in awe because things suddenly match up but I would never have come to that conclusion. I don’t want to spoil anything but once you get to this big reveal it’s definitely worth continuing because you can’t leave after the infomation you hear.
I really liked scenes where Rigball was played, think of it as an electrified version of lacrosse with a lot more fatal injuries. I also liked the relationship that Drake had with Doctor Lambros. Like I said, The Rig has a lot going for it and I believe it will get big. Personally I just don’t think this was my type of read but still one I really liked. To be honest I think male readers would enjoy this more than females but really lovers of a great action book will fall in love with The Rig instantly. A great debut and a really good dystopian that at some stages had me speechless with the plot twists.