Asylum

9 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 1,367 ratings

Escape from Asylum Publisher's Summary

In this terrifying prequel novel to the New York Times best-selling Asylum series, a teen is wrongfully committed to the Brookline psychiatric hospital and must find a way out - before he becomes the next victim of the evil warden's experiments. With the pause-resisting suspense that led Publishers Weekly to call Asylum "a strong YA debut", Escape from Asylum is perfect for fans of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.

The nightmare is just beginning.

Ricky Desmond has been through this all before. If he could just get through to his mother, he could convince her that he doesn't belong at Brookline. From the man who thinks he can fly to the woman who killed her husband, the other patients are nothing like him; all he did was lose his temper just a little bit, just the once.

But when Ricky is selected by the sinister Warden Crawford for a very special program - a program that the warden claims will not cure him but perfect him - Ricky realizes that he may not be able to wait for his mom a second longer. With the help of a sympathetic nurse and a fellow patient, Ricky needs to escape now.

Set long before Dan, Abby, and Jordan ever walked the hallways of the Brookline asylum - back when it was still a functioning psych ward and not a dorm - Escape from Asylum is a mind-bending and scary installment in the Asylum series that can stand on its own for new listeners or provide missing puzzle pieces for series fans.

©2016 Madeleine Roux (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Book 0.5

    • Escape from Asylum

    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    Ricky Desmond has been through this all before. If he could just get through to his mother, he could convince her that he doesn't belong at Brookline. From the man who thinks he can fly to the woman who killed her husband, the other patients are nothing like him; all he did was lose his temper just a little bit, just the once. But when Ricky is selected by the sinister Warden Crawford for a very special program - a program that the warden claims will not cure him but perfect him - Ricky realizes that he may not be able to wait for his mom a second longer.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • well, was it Keith or K

    • By Bright, D on 08-03-18

    Regular price: $26.23

  • Book 1

    • Asylum

    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
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    For 16-year-old outcast Dan Crawford, the summer program at New Hampshire College Prep is a lifeline. Finally, a chance to make some friends before college. Even if that means staying in a dorm that used to be a old asylum. Soon Dan's hanging out with Abby and Jordan, and summer is looking up. But then he learns that the asylum was not just any sanatorium - it was a last resort for the criminally insane.

    Regular price: $10.96

    • Asylum

    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 731
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 655
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 656

    For 16-year-old Dan Crawford, a summer program for gifted students is the chance of a lifetime. No one else at his high school gets his weird fascinations with history and science, but at the New Hampshire College Prep program, such quirks are all but required. Dan arrives to find that the usual summer housing has been closed, forcing students to stay in the crumbling Brookline dorm - formerly a psychiatric hospital.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Idea

    • By Jacob Newman on 03-09-15

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 1.5

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  • Book 2

    • Sanctum

    • Asylum, Book 2
    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 7 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1
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      4 out of 5 stars 1

    Dan, Abby, and Jordan were traumatised by the summer they shared at New Hampshire College, the former site of the Brookline asylum. They want to move on, but someone is determined to keep the terror alive by sending them anonymous photos of an old-time carnival. Forsaking plans to never to go back, the teens return during a weekend for prospective students, and realise that the carnival from the photos is not only real, it's here on campus.…

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    • Sanctum

    • Asylum, Book 2
    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 271
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 232
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 233

    Dan, Abby, and Jordan remain traumatized by the summer they shared in the Brookline asylum. Much as they'd love to move on, someone is determined to keep the terror alive, sending the teens photos of an old-timey carnival, with no note and no name. Finally, Dan receives a list of coordinates pointing to abandoned houses in the town near Brookline, and he is convinced that the only way to end this nightmare once and for all is to return to New Hampshire College and follow the trail.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect conclusion

    • By Kameron Alexander on 02-13-15

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 2.5

    • The Bone Artists

    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
    • Length: 1 hr and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 40
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 36

    When Dan, Abby, and Jordan meet Oliver in Catacomb - the third book in the Asylum series - he is a mysterious young antiques dealer with a dark past. But before he was stuck in America's most haunted city, he was a teenager with a bright future ahead of him. In this story we find Oliver saving up to attend his dream college in the fall and leave behind his family's New Orleans antique shop for good. And if his job just happens to involve robbing graves for a group calling themselves the Bone Artists, well - money is money, and it's only for now.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • boring

    • By Amazon Customer on 04-16-16

    Regular price: $14.82

  • Book 3

    • Catacomb

    • An Asylum Novel, Book 3
    • By: Madeleine Roux
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 6 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 206
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 180
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 183

    Senior year is finally over. After all they've been through, Dan, Abby, and Jordan are excited to take one last road trip together, and they're just not going to think about what will happen when the summer ends. But on their way to visit Jordan's uncle in New Orleans, the three friends notice they're being followed...and photographed. Then Dan starts receiving messages from someone he didn't expect to hear from again - someone who died last Halloween.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Such a great series!

    • By Julia on 03-03-16

    Regular price: $22.81

  • Book 3.5

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