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Escape from Asylum: Asylum, Book 0.5

By Michael Berry, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Repetitive prequel best for longtime fans.

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Sometimes a prequel to a popular series can add something enlightening to what's gone before, but this supposedly stand-alone volume doesn't offer much for the interested newcomer. In Escape from Asylum, Ricky, Kay, Nurse Ash, the warden, and the other denizens of Brookline are interesting characters, but they are also somewhat static. The plot seems to repeat itself, serving up creepy dream sequences, foreboding encounters, and cryptic clues without making a break into fresh territory. Readers familiar with the series may appreciate the tidying up of some loose ends, but the uninitiated may feel left in the dark.

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