By: Joe Ducie
Published: September 2013
ISBN: 9781471402197


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?

Drake is an action hero to rival Jason Bourne and the Cherub team in this debut author's fantastically imagined sci-fi nightmare.


No high security prison has been able to hold fifteen year old Will Drake so he is sent to The Rig in the middle if the Arctic Ocean. No one has ever escaped, but then no one else is Will Drake.

A fast paced action thriller Joe Ducie (an Australian debut author) will have teens eager to read more in this Guardian award winning novel.

Good versus evil, a prison where the youth take on the corrupt establishment, coupled with a power enhancing crystal found under the ocean all provide a fantastic story for a 14+

This book was included in our September 2013 Secondary Standing Order selection.

Reviewed by Rob