Sunday Book Club: The Rig by Joe Ducie

No spoilers

I mentioned this book in passing, in last weeks Sunday Book Club. I bought this book a number of years ago and if my memory serves me correctly I believe I purchased this book from Aldi for less than its retail price. It does retail for £6.99 and has a rating of 3.88 based on 528 ratings on GoodReads. 

The Rig by Joe Ducie is a young adult adventure book published in 2013. It is now part of The Rig series but I am yet to read book #2.


Our protagonist Will Drake is a young offender, who’s crime is not disclosed to us immediately in this story and nor is it is entirely disclosed in the whole book. We get hints here and there about his original crime and the same goes to his two friends he makes when he joins the Rig. This may annoy some readers but the mystery of this makes you want to read on.

The Rig is a high security prison for young offenders that is claimed to be the best of its type and inescapable. A claim that Will Drake cannot wait to test as he has a history of escaping any prison he is placed in. During his time served on the Rig, Will discovers that there is more to this prison than he orginally thought.

We get coming of age friendships, government-military secrets and a clever examination into prisoner rehabilitation. 

The latter becoming more notable as th author, Joe Ducie, graduated university  with a Degree of Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence. As well as a post-graduate in Security Science 

Give me all the soda you’ve got in that fridge

The Rig is most definitely a book for a younger audience but it may appeal to older readers. I found it intriguing and I am excited to read the second book in the series as the first left many questions unanswered.

I enjoyed Joe Ducie’s writing style and the setting of the Rig itself is perfect for the plot development. 

I would recommend this book to anyone who likes action, crime and YA books.

One word review: intriguing 

Rating: 4/5

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