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Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3 Hardcover – August 2, 2011
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“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 on the Escape from Furnace series
“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 on the Escape from Furnace series
“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 on the Escape from Furnace series
“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 on the Escape from Furnace series
“Lockdown is a beautifully written book that builds itself up on violence, suspense, and mystery.” ―A YALSA YA Galley Teen Reader
About the Author
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 University of East Anglia, and it was here that he first explored his love of publishing. Along with poet Luke Wright, he founded Egg Box Publishing, a groundbreaking magazine and press that promotes talented new authors. He also started writing literally hundreds of articles, short stories and books ranging from Scooby Doo comic strips to world atlases, Midsomer Murders to X-Files. The endless research for these projects led to countless book ideas germinating in his head. His first book, The Inventors, written with his nine-year-old brother Jamie, was published in the U.K. in 2007. He lives in England.
Top Customer Reviews
The Warden of Furnace should be furious with Alex. Alex has tricked him, defied him, and tried to escape - twice! However, the Warden views Alex with something worse than rage: he sees him as a good candidate.
Suffering from injuries and burns from his second escape attempt, Alex is taken to the infirmary where the wheezers inject him with the starry midnight nectar that keeps him from feeling pain, but also infuses him with a building anger. As Alex's body tries to heal, the Warden and blacksuits begin poisoning Alex's mind with words, with films, and with promises of what life will be like when he is one of them.
Slowly, Alex begins to turn into what he has fought so hard against - an inhabitant of Furnace.
The third novel of this series was awesome! Smith has managed to turn the series on the reader. For the first two books, I was anxious for Alex, hoping he'd survive Furnace with his life intact, then his sanity. In this book, I was simply hoping Alex would be able to keep his own identity! The non-stop action keeps the story rolling right along, and leaves with a cliffhanger that makes the wait for the next book so hard to bear!
Reviewed by: Hayes aka Haute Librarian
Not when there are cameras everywhere, mounted machine guns ready to take aim at the first sign of rebellion and black suits more than happy to deliver their brand of justice.
But when your only other choices are to die or become a monster, trying to find a way out seems worth the risk.
Even if it means unleashing an evil that you can't control. Even if it means enduring the Warden's wrath. And even if it means that Alfred Furnace will be coming for you.
Death Sentence is third, pulse-pounding, action-packed and bone-chilling installment in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. With each new book, the series gets darker, the dangers to the main character Alex become exponentially greater, his chances of survival grow slimmer and the need to escape is even more critical.
Readers were first introduced to the blood watch, the dogs, the black suits, the wheezers and the Warden. Then they got to meet the rats. But there are things that are even more terrifying, even more deadly. Things that even the Warden can't control.
They are the berserkers. These terrifying creatures that were once human are Alfred Furnace's creations. Experiments gone wrong. Beings so devoid of humanity, filled only with rage and tremendous power, that their bloodlust knows no bounds and their loyalty is to no man. They will kill without thought, slaughter without mercy. And if they were to be let loose, there would be almost no hope for survival.
In Death Sentence, author Alexander Gordon Smith takes readers to new parts of Furnace Penitentiary and introduces them to all sorts of new horrors.Read more ›
The story will flood into you like a cold rush. Wow, Mr Alexander Gordon Smith. He could be the next King, even better than King ever could have thought to be.
Yes, mighty powerful words, but read it for yourself, starting from book one and I am confident you will see it my way here.
In this read without giving too much away, Alex the main character has been caught, again and as far as the prison sees it, the last time he will ever outwit this horrid hell that is Furnace. Its his turn to become a Black suit, a monstrosity. What happens to him is just gut wrenching. BUT...there will be HELL to pay...Ive gotta know what happens next, on to book 4.
"Death Sentence" answered quite a few of the questions that came up in the previous two books but also came up with a whole slew more.
Alex, remember your name; wheezers, blacksuits, the dreadful warden, nectar, pain and causing pain, mayhem and death, old friends, new comrades in terror, Nazis, brainwashing, death, violence and Alfred Furnace - all combined for a "bloody" good time in this mayhem marathon.
NOTE: I am an adult of 50+ years. I have enjoyed this series and will continue to read it until I get all my questions answered but I don't necessarily agree that this is a Young Adult book. Each book of the series seems to have gotten progressively more violent, bloody and gory. Something I've written before - just because the protagonists in a book are young does not necessarily make the book appropriate for young readers.
There are two more books planned in this series (they already might be out in England). These are Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 and "Execution: Escape From Furnace 5".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of the best series I've ever read. Love the suspense, I couldn't sleep because I couldn't put the book downPublished 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
I bought a set of this series for my son and daughter. We all love this series!! The characters are so believable you start to feel scared for them. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Angee B
Loved this series. Couldn't put it down. Both the hubby and I liked it.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Read while book in two weeks, very compelling and fun to read.
And the series has Been very good and fun to read
My teenage boys loves this series . ....and they are not readers.Published 7 months ago by Heidi Leaf
So I was so glad I was able to get to my library to pick this book up. I have been dying to find out what has happened to Alex. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Autumn Fallen Over Book Reviews