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Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2 Hardcover – December 21, 2010

4.6 out of 5 stars 123 customer reviews
Book 2 of 5 in the Escape from Furnace Series

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Gr 7-10–Alex Sawyer, 14, is in prison for a murder he didn't commit. He tried to escape the horrors of the underground prison known as Furnace in Lockdown (Farrar, 2009), and now he must battle the nightmare that is solitary confinement. The cells open from the top through a sort of manhole cover, and they are more like coffins standing on end than cells. Alex must fight the monsters and mutants that are his captors and tormentors, including the dreaded wheezers that have gas masks sewn to what should be their faces and the vicious rat and doglike creatures that spoiled their escape attempt. Alex's friend Donavan was thought to be dead, but as it turns out is part of the horrors going on in the infirmary. There are several disturbing episodes when Alex is alone with his thoughts in his cell, and his fatalism or depression leads him to contemplate suicide. The rest of this story is fast paced and packed with nail-biting scenarios, and the gross-out factor is high in many sections. Alex is coaxed into a leadership role by some of the creatures and his friend Zee, who occupies an adjoining cell, and through their attempt at another escape, discovers what is really happening to inmates in the infirmary. This is a dark story with a dark ending, but the gritty action and compelling characters will have reluctant readers enthralled.–Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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In a sequel to Lockdown (2009) that is just as breathlessly paced and soaked with blood, mucus, and less savory substances, teen jailbird Alex’s escape from the futuristic underground prison and experimental lab called Furnace leads first to recapture and then to a second flight that involves frantic chases through dark caverns and tunnels, face-to-face encounters with flesh chewing human-rat hybrids, and visits to a gruesome “Infirmary,” in which prisoners are modified into hideous monsters. Readers who relish lurid imagery and melodramatic prose will continue to be riveted and left eager for the next disgust-o-rama episode. Grades 6-9. --John Peters
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 17 years
  • Grade Level: 7 - 11
  • Lexile Measure: 960L (What's this?)
  • Series: Escape from Furnace (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (December 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374324921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374324926
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,218 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J.Prather TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Solitary is a good follow-up to Lockdown and an enjoyable read that will appeal to any fan of horror or dystopian fiction. I read Lockdown in one sitting and pretty much held my breath through the last fifty pages. Solitary is still full of action, but somehow it never seemed to capture the level of intensity present in Lockdown. It's a quick read that held my interest throughout, and I was somewhat surprised at the direction the story seems to be taking. Alex's confession that starts the book struck the perfect note and set the tone for the rest of the story. I also thought the author did a fantastic job describing Alex's despair and depression while in Solitary. These scenes added much more dimension to his character. It strikes me that amidst all this action and gore there exists quite an impressive coming of age story developing as Alex comes to terms with who he is and what he actually wants. I didn't appreciate that in the first novel, so if we lose a bit of intensity and suspense, I think we gain what is working out to be a series of some unexpected depth.

This continues a story that holds great appeal for teen reluctant readers. Be warned: the images are powerful and gruesome. This one ends in yet another cliff hanger and I simply can't wait to read the next one. Recommended.
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The cover:

Poor Alex :s.

I love this cover. It shows exactly how shocked, sad, depressed and lonely Alex felt in solitary.

The storyline:

Usually when the first book in the series is really good, you fin the sequels to be a bit disappointing, at least that's what I experienced. Not in this series.

I loved this book more than Lockdown, I didn't think it could get any better but it did! Mr. Gordon blew me away with this book. I was amazed and in love with every aspect of this book.

So, let's go for a short Summary:

So Lockdown ended with Alex, Zee, Gary and Toby jumping into the river and making a run for it.

Solitary starts from where Lockdown exactly left off. I'm not going to spoil this for you. But here's what happened in short phrases.

Alex continues to tell us what happened, in detail, after they made the jump. After he barely survives the river, he gets taken to solitary (as you might have guessed from the title) for a month as the Warden orders. In that period of time, Alex, sees and experiences for the first time the real horrors of Furnace. He thought that general population was hell, he had no idea that the real hell is under the cells.

While he's in solitary, he gets to experience the madness first hand. He finds new friends, looses ones too and gets to meet the worst creatures he had seen yet. Alex goes through the worst of it all and faces a deadly end.

What I loved:

- The writing as in the first one, was amazing. It was well paced and everything was in enough detail and yet it had some aspect of mystery. So although there was enough decryption, there were moments when you could sense something was kept hidden.
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The cells in Furnace Penitentiary are small. Those in solitary are even smaller. Solid walls. Pitch black. Soundproof.

Except for the sounds of scratching from above. As if something wants in. Something strong enough to dent the heavy metal lid that locks you in a cell that is not much more than a hole.

A solid lid that locks in place, leaving you no way out. And hopefully keeping you protected from whatever wants in.

They say that three days is the most that anyone can survive in the hole with their mind intact. But what if you had to survive for thirty?

After a month locked away from the light and from all human contact, with only nightmares for company, just who, or what, would you be when you were released?

And if escape is the only chance you have for survival, how is it even possible to plan to break free if your mind has snapped?

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Solitary is the incredibly imaginative, unbelievably disturbing and downright chilling second installment in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. Digging into this novel after lights out is a sure way to bring to life the nightmares that exist in and just beyond the walls of Furnace Penitentiary that unfold page after gruesome page.

In this sequel, the journey is darker, scarier and even more horrific than what Alex Sawyer encountered in Lockdown and is just as nail-biting, if not more so. And readers will quickly discover that the horrors that face the prisoners aren't the only things crawling through the tunnels beneath Furnace penitentiary.

Solitary picks up right where Lockdown ended, on the edge of that cliff as Alex and the other escapees attempt their prison break.
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Excellent series. My girlfriend got me into this and she was missing the second book! So I had to buy it so I could continue reading. Very similar writing style to Darren Shan. Would highly recommend both of authors. Very simple writing and a fast read, but so engrossing and lifelike.

Definitely worth the price and is a series that will be read over and over.
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