If you’re unaware, we here at AtLP absolutely LOVE Madeleine Roux’s Asylum series. Haunted asylums, ghosts and spooky visions around every corner, crazy doctors, adorable and dramatic characters… what’s not to love!
So after waiting and waiting and waiting and waiting for this prequel to come out, how did the newest release in the series, Escape from Asylum, stack up?
What’s it about
The year is 1969, and Ricky has been admitted to Brookline by his parents for aggressive and “deviant” behavior. Unfortunately for Ricky, he soon becomes the pet project for the sadistic and insane Warden Crawford, who wants to live forever (figuratively) through his scientific discoveries. Ricky’s well being (not to mention the well being of anyone else in Brookline) is not a concern to the nutjob warden, so it’s up to the patients to save themselves before it’s too late.
What I thought
I’m so sad to say I was underwhelmed by Escape from Asylum.
I didn’t like the storyline as much as other books in the series and I didn’t have as much of an emotional connection to the characters. I only had about 70 pages left, and I just felt so done with it. It went on too long and didn’t really have any major revelations that gave us more insight into the events of the first three books. We learned more about the warden and his cray cray motives, but that was about it. Honestly, I feel like there wasn’t enough meat to this story for it to be a full book, and probably could’ve been condensed into a really awesome novella.
My rating: 6/10
*I should note that Ashley had somewhat different feelings, and that she liked it a bit more than I did. So take that into consideration if you’re on the fence about whether or not to read it. Different reviewers, different opinions :)