Book review: Chain-Gang All-Stars will have you baying for blood of US justice system

Author Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah: gets you thinking while the hammers swing and the blades cut

If your taste in movies is as irredeemably bad as mine, then you’re surely familiar with the 1975 Roger Corman “masterpiece” Death Race 2000, which co-starred a presumably very broke Sylvester Stallone. Even better is the 2008 remake with the world’s greatest actor Jason Statham, where the title was streamlined to Death Race.

For those of you who may have inexplicably missed it, the “plot” features convicts racing cars modified with weapons to try and win their freedom in contests broadcast to millions around the world. One couldn’t in all fairness accuse the filmmakers (Paul WS Anderson in this instance, the same genius who gifted us Mortal Kombat and Resident Evil) of much originality but at least there are plenty of explosions.