Jason Holden has been on thin ice since his mother died. Capping off a burglary and bar fight with a brutal car wreck, the 17 year old finds himself firmly on the wrong side of the law. His behavior isn't winning him any points with his father, who happens to be the state governor. So when Governor Holden learns of a program for troubled youth, he jumps at the chance to deal with Jason's outbursts while cementing his position for being tough on crime.
The program is a radical exercise designed to frighten teens from a life of crime. It's called Scared Straight and takes them into the heart of Blackenbush Maximum Security Penitentiary. Here Jason, along with a group of hardened juvenile delinquents, quickly comes face to face with some of the most extreme convicts the state has ever seen. But what's designed as an exercise becomes all too real as a prisoner take-over comes to fruition.
Before long the entire penitentiary is under siege, surrounded by feds and overrun with violent lifers loose from their cells. Jason, trapped in the middle of in the chaos, will have to trust in the most unlikely person - Karl Rix, a convict with his own body count. Between them, they just might find a way to save their own skins and even a bit of redemption. But at what cost?
If you could sum up Uncaged in three words, what would they be?
Fast paced story, the characters where very well written and it was action packed. A overall very enjoyable audio book. The sound effects I loved, don't get in many books, it stops you from getting lulled by the voice of narrator, which did a great job too.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes, very fast paced story.
Which character – as performed by Michael Beausoleil – was your favorite?
Of course Jason and Rix were my favorite.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The ending it was what I was hoping for.
Any additional comments?
The story is about a group of kids sent to a maximum-security prison for three hours of “scared straight” when everything goes wrong. Not an unexpected turn to the story, but that’s where the expected ends. The story quickly kicks into high gear and keeps you on edge as some of the most heinous prisoners take over the facility. The writer, Joe Gazzam, takes you through some intense, powerful and graphic stuff that would scare anyone straight.
The narrator, Michael Beausoleil, does an outstanding job at keeping the intensity of the story high. At times I had to step away to shake off some of bad stuff. It can really get to you. If you’re looking for something different in the “thriller” genre, this is definitely a good one.