Escape from Oz (The Flaken Chronicles #1) by Piers Platt

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In the distant future, Earth's worst criminals have all disappeared … and no one knows where they've been sent.
Sirio Falken has been a fighter his whole life. But when the government bans professional fighting, his life spirals out of control. Convicted of murder, he's sentenced to life in prison. But all of the felons he's ever known have disappeared from Earth, never to return. He's about to find out firsthand what happened to them. He'll have to stay alive amongst Earth’s most ruthless felons if he wants to survive … and become the first man to escape from Oz.


I love this author's Janus Group series, it is one of my all-time favorites, so I was excited when I found out he was writing another series. Something a bit different, but still in the sci-fi realm (something I don't read nearly enough of). And I was not disappointed.

Escape from Oz was a fun read. It follows the adventures of Falken as he tries to, as the title suggests, escape from New Oz. He is a fighter, or was, and his temper can get him into some bad situations. Most recently it made him do something he regrets, but cost him a long prison sentence. He is hoping to appeal his sentence, but first he has to figure out where he is and what is going on. He thinks he will be put in a jail with other inmates, but instead they ship him and everyone else off to another planet. To somewhere that is similar to earth, but not quite the same.

Falken doesn't really want any trouble, but in his quest to find a phone and way to contact his lawyer he finds it. There are two groups on the planet they are on - one not so good tough guys who starve newcomers and make them win fights to earn a place there. Then there are the settlers, the people who have planted crops and are trying to make this work. Everyone knows they will not get off of this rock, they are stuck there until they die, but which group will they stay with until that time? Which one would work for them?

I know Falken had a hard past, but he is really trying to change. He is trying to control his temper and keep his new friends safe. He starts learning about the biology of the planet, the plants and animals that live there and some of the odd things those who have been there longer have observed. He was fun. I loved watching him turn into this really great guy, this person who puts others before himself. When he went off on adventures to try and see what else this planet has in store or just helped the doctor with his patients I enjoyed it all. I especially loved how it all worked out. I won't spoil anything, but this was a great read. If you are a fan of the author alrerady you won't want to miss this newest work. If not it is a great place to start. I can't wait to read more of Falken's adventures!

*Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for voluntary honest review consideration

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★


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