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Furnace Prison Where death is the least of your worries. Escape is just the beginning We thought we'd made it, we thought we were free. But we should. In the adrenalin-fueled five-book Escape from Furnace series--full of action, adventure and mystery--Alex Sawyer seeks to break free of a hellish underground. Books · Kids · Young Adults · Ebooks · Excerpts · Authors · Events · News · Subscribe Download cover We thought we'd made it, we thought we were free. But we should have known there was no way out of Furnace. of the prison: into solitary confinement, where the real nightmares live - the warden, the Wheezers.
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Chi ama i libri sceglie Kobo e inMondadori. Buy the eBook Price: The cliffhanger is ugly. I must find out what the story will proceed now. Delving further into the bowels of Furnace Penitentiary, Alex Sawyer desperately tries to hold onto his fleeting sanity. After a failed attempt to escape the underground horrors, being thrown into solitary confinement is a fate worse than death. A hole in the rocky earth becomes his coffin, yet it won't save him from what roams the corridors, in search of warm flesh to eat.
This review contains minor spoilers. With this second installment I desperately tried to overcome my primary issue Delving further into the bowels of Furnace Penitentiary, Alex Sawyer desperately tries to hold onto his fleeting sanity. With this second installment I desperately tried to overcome my primary issue with the series - the suspension of disbelief that it relies so heavily upon.
I digress. Smith adds such raw emotion to the dire situation, and good, descriptive writing I can appreciate. Who knew general population would be greatly missed? Despite the main protagonists being in their teenage years, little detail was left to the imagination - even their toilet habits were voiced. This is the sort of book I would have loved as a younger reader; pushing the boundaries of the young adult genre with its bleak themes.
His way of thinking was much the same as the last - feeling helpless and doomed, followed by a sense of hope and determination. I often wondered what, if anything, he would have achieved if truly without anyone. He hinted once or twice about suicide, but again I think his relationships give him his every bit of strength. A new character was introduced however, and I liked Simon and what he represented. As for the plot, it was thoroughly entertaining, even if it was a recycled escape and fail trope.
I enjoyed the change of scenery, and especially the horrors of the infirmary. Questions arose about the mystery behind it all; the black substance that transforms the subjects, the overall goal of creating monsters. To build an army? In conclusion: Even though I preferred Lockdown a bit more, this one showed no signs of the series slowing down. If only more information was given to properly quench my concerns. Notable Quote: I wondered how many voices there were living in my head, and how they could all have such different opinions.
Mar 05, Brianna Kortesmaki rated it it was amazing. Personal Response: I really liked this book. It was a thriller, mystery, and it was intense. I never got bored and had to force myself to keep reading.
It was a pretty easy read as well. Alex and Zee got caught trying to escape from The Furnace. The warden put them both in the hole for their first part of their punishment. The hole is a very small cell that is underground with a door on top that can only be opened from the Personal Response: The hole is a very small cell that is underground with a door on top that can only be opened from the outside. The black suits gave the boys food every two days, that's the only way they could tell how long they have been in the hole.
In the hole you are all alone, it's dark, and you don't have all the things you need to survive. Having no one to talk to made Alex go kind of crazy. He was shouting for Zee, but he couldn't hear Alex through the walls.
Alex was trying to feel around his cell to map it out in his mind. While doing this he found this space that was small and had this metal piece that was loose.
Alex tried to pull the metal piece off but he couldn't get it to budge. He tried for hours and finally he got the metal to pop loose. Alex didn't exactly know what he was going to do with it, but he would use it some how. Then he heard some kind of clank that sounded like it was coming from Zee's cell. Alex took the piece of metal and hit it against the small space he took it from.
The noise was so loud in his cell his ears started to ring. A few seconds later he heard the same sound that he heard before. Then he heard a few more clanks after it. Alex knew it was Zee trying to tell him something, he noticed that it was a series of clanks at a time.
Zee was using the alphabet to communicate. Alex was starting to see things, he would imagine Donovan and have conversations with him. Donovan was his friend that the black suits took away before they could escape.
One day when Alex was sleeping he was woken up by something opening his hatch. Something lifted him out. It was Simon, he was a failed experiment.
He took Alex and Zee to his cave, and told them he wanted to try to escape. They were thinking of ways to escape, and thought they could climb up this rock that they thought led out of Furnace. Alex wasn't leaving unless they had Donovan. They went to this infirmary, where the kids were taken to, and it was too late for Donovan. He was already too far along in the transformation. Donovan was all stitched together and big like they implanted muscles underneath his skin.
Alex knew that he wouldn't be able to take him with, but he did know that he had to set him free. Alex took a pillow and smothered Donovan. It sounds bad, but Alex knew it was better than letting the warden use him. They went back and Alex and Simon started to climb the big rock to see if it lead anywhere. About half way up they heard some noises that an animal would make. They kept climbing and eventually they got to a ledge and found rats. Rats are failed experiments, but worse.
They eat pretty much every living thing they find. Alex and Simon raced down the rock, there was no way they would get past the rats. The boys returned to their cells and a few days later, the black suits took Zee. Alex couldn't get out to save him right away but, some time later Simon came to get him.
They went to the infirmary and got Zee. The black suits almost caught them, but they hid in a room where they cremate the dead bodies. Alex got an idea.
There was a chimney and chimneys go up outside, Alex said that they should climb it. Simon, Zee, and Alex started climbing up the chimney. About half way is when the dogs finally found their scent, and lead the black suits to the chimney.
The warden started up the machine, and the boys breathed in the smoke. They passed out and all fell on top of the flames. They warden didn't let them burn too badly, but that was only because he wanted to turn them into monsters. I wouldn't really recommend this to any certain gender, but it does lead more towards males. The book is a little more gory so, I feel it would be more appealing to males.
Nov 10, Nathan Togstad rated it liked it. Personal response: Solitary was the second book to the exciting series by Alexander Gordon Smith. The book was full of action like I expected, but it was not as exciting as the first. I thought that this one was going to be better than the first but most of it was just Alex sitting in a cell. If the next book in the series gets worse, I would probably stop reading them.
Although the book was not as exciting as the first, it shows a lot more of who Alex is. It lets you get to know him a lot bette Personal response: It lets you get to know him a lot better for the next book. The group of kids that escaped from the furnace just jumped into what they thought was a river. Alex almost died in that jump. When Gary and Zee finally fished him out of the water, they heard dogs coming.
They rode the river until they found an escape route. They were on a ledge and followed it for a long time.
They found a small hole and crawled their way down it. Creatures started to chase them as they found light. They ran back into the Wheezers and the warden. The warden sent them to the pit for a month. When they first went in, Alex almost went insane.
He had keep himself busy to survive.
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After the first day, Alex and Zee found a way to communicate. They hit steel grates to pipes used for a toilet. After a while, Alex had something take him from his cell. He was taken to a hidden place and met the creature. His name was Simon. He needed Alex to help find a way out. Simon kept taking Alex and eventually Zee until they had a plan. They take supplies from the Wheezers and use them to climb what Simon called the steeple.
Before they had the chance to climb it, Zee was taken from his cell. Just Simon and Alex had a chance to climb it. The rats were a bunch of experiments that went wrong. Simon and Alex came up with plan B. They would use rats to distract the guards so they can climb up the incinerator. Alex lured the rats down, and the guards thought that there was a breach. After some chaos, Alex and Simon went through the infirmary to the incinerator. They managed to grab Zee and take him with. When they saw daylight through the chimney, the incinerator started.
They all crashed down into the fire. Just when you thought that they would be dead, the black suites pulled them from the fire. They were going to be used for experiments. Alex was lucky that he stayed sane. When he was stuck in the pit, it gave him time to think. He saw a lot of darkness inside himself in the beginning. When he thought of Donovan counting on him, he realized that he needed to stay alive. It shows the determination of Alex to keep busy.
When he saw Donovan again, Alex was not the same person. His motivation was to save Donovan.
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He almost gave up when he saw Donovan. The only time he had motivation was when he thought of escaping through the chimney. In the end, everything Alex worked for was gone. Impacts of setting: For the most part, Alex was stuck inside the pit. It was the small, dark room that prisoners were sent to when they did something bad. That part of the book was the most boring. He was sent there after they were captured when they tried to escape through the river. The only thing that Alex could do was think.
When Simon started to take Alex out of his cell, it was a lot more interesting. Alex ran down dark hallways, following someone he barely knew.
It made me feel like around any corner, there could be a black suit. I felt like they should have been caught. Recommended Audience: This book was interesting in the beginning and the end. The middle of the book was fairly boring in my opinion.
This book would be great for teens around the age of It is geared towards a male audience. I am not sure if I would make this the number one book on my list if I could go back in time, but it was a good book. However, Alex attempted the impossible. He tried to escape. Alex must face the dark hole - solitary confinement - for his breach of the prison's security.
Left alone in the pitch black, cut off from human interaction, Alex is left vulnerable to Furnace's tormentors, including the "rats," a group of former Furnace inmates who are closer to animal than human. They, though, give Alex a clue as to what is really going on in Furnace. Where do the wheezers take the inmates they choose during the bloodwatch? The descriptive language the author uses gives the reader a full-color picture of what's happening every step of the way, which is very important for an action series like this.
Less fun, scary and entertaining than Lockdown, and being about 50 pages shorter than that book which was already under , I'm getting tired of the mini-cliffhangers. And of Alex's snide trying-so-hard-to-be-funny-in-the-face-of-terror narration. Oh, and really? Alex's "oh no I'm going crazy, oh no I'm seeing ghosts, oh n Less fun, scary and entertaining than Lockdown, and being about 50 pages shorter than that book which was already under , I'm getting tired of the mini-cliffhangers.
Alex's "oh no I'm going crazy, oh no I'm seeing ghosts, oh no I think I ate poop" monologues got real boring real quick. I'll give Death Sentence a try when it comes out in August on these shores, but if I find the same frustrating one step forward, but two steps back plot, boring characters and failed escape attempts; ta-ta Furnace, forever.
I picked up the first book in this series about a year ago, looking for something different, as I read YA from time to time. The first book was a departure from most of the YA fare, being gritty and dark. The setting of the prison, ranks as harsh an environment that you find in literature.
This second book picks up immediately after the end of book one, with our main characters in the midst of an escape. Not to continue here to spoil anything. We meet some new characters, and revisit and find out I picked up the first book in this series about a year ago, looking for something different, as I read YA from time to time. We meet some new characters, and revisit and find out the fate of others from book one.
When I get a yearning I will most likely visit this series again and finish it. Read at your own risk. Oct 09, ijeoma Agbaje rated it it was amazing. Book 1 may be awesome and subsequent books may taper off but guys so far, this book is still on a winning streak.
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Look my emotions were all over the place. Alexander Gordon Smith really does a good job of pulling you into Furnance. You're practically at the edge of your seat, rooting for Alex and gasping at all the i want to say scrapes but phew it's basically life or death there so its so much bigger than scrapes - crazy situations he fou you never know what to expect when going into a series.
You're practically at the edge of your seat, rooting for Alex and gasping at all the i want to say scrapes but phew it's basically life or death there so its so much bigger than scrapes - crazy situations he found himself in..
I cannot wait to finish this series.. Apr 13, Paige Ingemunson rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
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