Thursday, 19 September 2013

Review: The Rig by Joe Ducie

Title: The Rig
Author: Joe Ducie
Author Info: Website|Twitter|Facebook
Genre: Thriller
Source: Publisher
Publication Date: 5th September 2013

Tell Me About It
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...

After making some escape plans and meeting the first real friends of his life, Drake quickly realises that all is not as it seems on The Rig. The Warden is obsessed with the mysterious Crystal-X - a blue, glowing substance that appears to give superpowers to the teens exposed to it. Drake, Tristan and Irene are banking on a bid for freedom - but can they survive long enough to make it?
My Thoughts
When I first head about The Rig I knew I had to read it, the synopsis sounded great and the book seemed like it would be exactly the type of book I would enjoy.  The protagonist of The Rig is Will Drake who sent to the Rig for 'rehabilitation', after escaping every single prison he has been placed in. The Rig is in the middle of the ocean, and each inmate wears a tacking watch to monitor their whereabouts at all times. The Rig is inescapable but Will is determined to find a way off.  The Rig has funding from Alliance Systems, and everything in The Rig is supplied by them, from the trackers down to the food in the snack machines.

Michael Tristan is Wills room-mate, and this duo quickly become firm friends.  They look out for each other, and also plot and scheme together.  While Will doesn't set out to make friends at The Rig, it quickly becomes clear that this duo have a great friendship, all things considered.

The Rig not only has an amazing cover, but a fantastic plot, that manages to draw you in with just Will planning to escape.  Hints of what is going on under the surface are placed sparsely through the pages and some are only noticeable if you make a point of looking for the hidden clues and secrets.  About 2/3 of the way into the book the secret is revealed about what Alliance Systems are really doing and it wasn't something I imagined.  You go from a rig with dodgy goings on, to a huge secret that literally changes lives.  To have a story keep you wanting more with just a 'normal' rig and escape plans is an unbelievable feat in itself, to then have a whole new playing field open before your eyes just makes you want to read faster and find out what happens next as soon as possible.
The characters are easy to feel a connection to, especially Will and Tristan. I loved how this duo had each others backs and looked out for each other.  Each one shares their hidden secret as to why they are at The Rig, and compared to others it seems a harsh punishment for their crime,

The Rig was so much more than I was expecting, and I loved the action and the suspense of not knowing what was going to happen next.  The world building is fantastic with futuristic issues with the UK and technology in general.  My only issue is that once the secret was revealed it felt rushed, and the last third of the book put a lot of focus onto this, and what seems like a hasty escape plan.  However, overall The Rig is an unputdownable read and I would love to see what happens for these characters after the dramatic finale.


  1. I've been wondering about this one and by the sounds of your review it seems my initial assumption is right. I think I'll add this one to my Wishlist now. Great review!

    1. I loved this book and I really want there to be another one.


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