Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3

Paperback | February 14, 2012

byAlexander Gordon Smith

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Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penitentiary failed. This time, his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster. As the warden pumps something evil into his veins-a sinisterly dark nectar-Alex becomes what he most fears . . . a superhuman minion of Furnace. How can he escape when the darkness is inside him? How can he lead the way to freedom if he is lost to himself?

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Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penitentiary failed. This time, his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster. As the warden pumps something evil into his veins-a sinisterly dark nectar-Alex becomes what he most fears . . ...

Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series, including Lockdown and Solitary. Born in 1979 in Norwich, England, he always wanted to be a writer. After experimenting in the service and retail trades for a few years, Smith decided to go to University. He studied English and American Literature at the Universit...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.18 × 5.5 × 0.76 inPublished:February 14, 2012Publisher:Square FishLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312674414

ISBN - 13:9780312674410

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Last Part Redeemed This The last 20% of the book redeemed it for me. I found the beginning of the novel, where Alex was undergoing his change and process to be quite boring. I feel like I would have enjoyed it more if the nightmares and images he dreamt about had more to do with is life -- a sort of character expose of Alex Sawyer. Instead it was a character expose of Furnace Penitentiary but the reader didn't realize that until way after the fact. While it was happening it seemed to be just a bunch of random images that Alex was seeing and I feel like I needed more of an explanation that it would be important in the future. Characters The characters felt extremely static from the last book to this one. There was minimal Zee and Simon again and their parts, again, were focused mainly on making Alex look better. The only difference is that Simon is in the middle of the spectrum between Zee and Alex since he has some nectar in him, but not enough to make him a full blacksuit like Alex. Again, wasted potential with Gary and Donovan. Considering they had the most interesting back stories when they were introduced to the story, it is a shame that they were wasted on stupid plot lines and had no real character arcs. Their stories seemed to end in the middle of where they should have. The most interesting character in this novel was Bodie. He was a real leader and stepped up when he had to. I would like to see more of him in the next novel, but I'm afraid that if we do it will just serve to support Alex as a character instead of being his own person. Plot I feel like since this is the middle of the series it needed to close out the original story arc (escaping from Furnace) and tie into the next arc (ensuring no one else gets sent to Furnace), which it did and the story did it in an effective manner, in my opinion. I liked that there was more background information about how and where Furnace got its start and that we were introduced to the overarching villain Alfred Furnace. The introduction to Alfred was engaging and the ending message from him was horrifying. I felt like I could hear it in my mind that he was coming for me. If nothing else, this book has its horror down pat. I feel as if there isn't much more to say on the matter. It was a good segue between Alex entering Furnace and Alex leaving Furnace; however, his main purpose hasn't changed since he stepped foot in the hell and horror of Furnace: he wants to escape and ensure that no one has to experience what he has gone through. I am really excited to start the next novel and see where the story takes us! Overall: 3.5/5 stars. I found it hard to get into because there was so much focus on the "nectar" and not enough character development. Again, the background characters felt like they meshed into the background while Alex really stood out, but was still really static.
Date published: 2015-08-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing In Death Sentence, it's what it sounds like, death. But not in the way you think, instead, Alex is turning into someone something, he's dreaded of becoming the day he found out about it, a blacksuit. As much as he hated and dreaded it before, as much of a fight he's tried to put up, the black "nectar" injected into him feeds on the feelings of sadism, violence. It is what brings Alex to believe that the world treated him like crap, which allows him to believe the warden when he tells Alex that he's helping him, offering him power. Isn't it funny sad what power does to the people who wants it ? People who've been bullied before may become the bullies because they've always felt like the prey, the victim, which they were, and now when the chance comes to instead become the predator, they may take it. They become the bully, the predator. With his new silver eyes, not only is everything seen in more detail, Alex even sees the blacksuits as brothers, and he isn't even afraid of the wheezers anymore. Death Sentence reminds me of Maze Runner because every time something slips into his mind, it slips away, gone, he can't remember it. But sometimes he does.. I loved how the real Alex was in his dreams, warning him to not forget his name. I also loved how after what happened in the last two books, Alex, when he's the REAL Alex, still doesn't give up on escaping. I love his determination to just get out of Furnace. Alexander Gordon Smith did a great job of writing this book, and he made it feel like I was in Furnace as well.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! I love this series and I can't wait for the fourth installment.
Date published: 2011-10-05

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DEAD I DIED IN THAT room.I died there among the corpses in the darkness at the bottom of the world. I died with the fires of the incinerator still burning on my flesh, like the devil himself had his fingers in me. I died with the warden’s howls of laughter ringing in my ears.But it wasn’t a merciful death. My heart didn’t stop beating. My lungs didn’t stop clawing at the hot air. The white-hot pain didn’t leave my muscles, my skin, my bones. And I didn’t drift into oblivion the way I’d always dreamed death would be. No, I was in Furnace Penitentiary. And here even death doesn’t dare show its face. The Grim Reaper had abandoned me like everyone else, leaving me alone with my nightmares.They say your life flashes before your eyes when you die. Well, that’s only half true. You don’t see the happy times, the laughter. You only see your failures. Lying there with the thunder of the blacksuits raging above my head and the smell of burning flesh in my throat, I saw the endless mistakes of my life laid bare.I saw my crimes, the night my old friend Toby and I had broken into our last house. I saw the blacksuits, Moleface pulling the trigger that reduced Toby to a stain on the carpet. I saw my trial for his murder, the way the world turned against me with the crash of a gavel. I saw my first day in Furnace, buried forever beneath the ground.I pictured Donovan, and Zee, our plan to escape. I saw us smuggling gas-filled gloves from the kitchen into the chipping room and blowing out the floor. I saw our punishment for trying to escape—trapped in the guts of the prison with the rats hungry for our blood, and the lightless coffin of solitary confinement.I was forced to relive the horror of what they’d done to Donovan. Stripped of everything human, packed with muscle and gristle and something bad that dripped darkness into his veins. Then the horror of what I had done to him. Pressing a pillow to his face until he was no longer a monster, until he was no longer anything. I saw it all, the worst bits of my life paraded in front of me by my own stuttering heartbeat.I tried to remember something good. Something hopeful. I mean, we’d almost made it after that. Me and Zee and the kid called Simon. We’d almost climbed our way to freedom up the incinerator chimney. I still had that splinter of daylight in my mind. I had seen the sun, and it had seen me, and maybe that was enough. Maybe I could die now knowing I’d broken Furnace, knowing that I had breathed fresh air once again.Except the death Furnace had in store for me wasn’t a genuine one. The blacksuits had lit the incinerator when we were halfway up, and they had pulled us from the flames with hunger in their silver eyes. And I knew what was coming.My my, look what the rats dragged in. Get them into surgery, prep the wheezers. We can still use them.The echo of the warden’s voice, one of the last things I would ever hear. Because I died in that room. Like all the other lost boys of Furnace I would soon be reborn, but I wouldn’t be me. I would become a blacksuit, my heart as dark as my jacket. Or I’d become a rat, trapped in the tunnels of the prison and feasting on those I had once called friends.But even as I felt myself dragged off to the infirmary I swore that it wasn’t over.Just don’t forget your name, Monty had told me. I wouldn’t.I died in that room.I would be reborn as something else, something terrible.But I was Alex Sawyer.And I would have my revenge. Copyright © 2009 by Alexander Gordon Smith

Editorial Reviews

"In this third installment of the Furnace series, Gordon-Smith has pulled out all the stops. It is a tour de force of action and adventure. Honestly, this reviewer could not put this book down, having thoroughly enjoyed all of the novels in this series, and will anxiously await the release of Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 due winter 2012. Please continue to wow us, Mr. Gordon Smith--your books are a pleasure to read." -VOYA"Fresh and ferocious, Lockdown will hook boys with its gritty, unrelenting surprises." -James Patterson"Furnace is hotter than hell and twice as much fun! Sign me up for a life sentence of Alexander Gordon Smith!" -Darren Shan, author of the Demonata series"This nightmarish start to a new series is unrelentingly bleak, uniquely horrifying, and strangely compelling." -Realms of Fantasy magazine"A great next choice for fans of The Maze Runner, The Grassland Trilogy. . . or Lord of the Flies . . . Recommended for dystopia, thriller, and horror fans, or anyone looking for a fast-paced, spine-chilling ride." -Jennifer Robinson's Bookpage"Readers will be turning pages without pause, and the cliff-hanger ending will have them anticipating the next installment. Most appealing is Smith's flowing writing style, filled with kid-speak, colorful adjectives, and amusing analogies. Fans of James Patterson's 'Maximum Ride' and Darren Shan's 'The Demonata' series will find this satisfying fare." -School Library Journal"One of those leave-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrill rides that will grab the reader right from the start. Teens will appreciate Smith's vivid imagery. His writing is extremely fluid, and he makes the reader feel for the characters, especially the young protagonist, Alex. Readers will be cheering him on from start to finish. Look for the sequel, Solitary, forthcoming in 2010. Readers will be anxious to see where Alex's adventures take him next." -VOYA"Not for the faint-hearted, this dramatic British import is both a page- and stomach-turner. . . The pacing is superb, building on the tension as each horror is revealed while saving the ultimate monstrosity for the cliffhanger ending." -The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"Lockdown is a beautifully written book that builds itself up on violence, suspense, and mystery." -A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader