Whether writing as Michael or Mikey, this author has a way of pulling you into his world right from the first page — even if it's a broken version of a future one of ours. I tend to shy away from YA dystopian novels because I get too attached to the characters (Divergent, anyone??), but Offender had more HEART than I was expecting, considering it was written by a guy with a pretty much all-male cast and set in a prison.
Good writing, characters with a bit of depth to them, obviously peril and death in there, but I started the book last night and finished this morning, if that tells you anything (that I was hooked, not that it was too short). My favorite line: "Why does every teenager think that the world they're the center of the universe?" Is that maybe a wink-wink at the whole YA genre?
This left me eager for the next book, but it doesn't end with an unsatisfying cliffhanger.