Friday, February 24, 2012

Solitary Review

By Alexander Gordon Smith

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 have known there was no way out of Furnace.
All we did was slip deeper into the guts of the prison: into solitary confinement, where the real nightmares live - the warden, the Wheezers, and something much, much worse.
The clock’s ticking. Because if we don’t escape soon they will turn us into freaks - like them. For ever.
In the darkness of the hole your worst nightmares come to life.

What I Liked
This book is intense, Alex deals with the loss of hope and the possibility of never getting out of the hell hole that is Furnace. At a few points he does hit rock bottom and you completely feel sorry for this kid that deserves to be in prison, but not in Furnace. Alex is on an emotional roller coaster ride of the loss of hope and the light of hope. He has worked his way into being the provider of hope for other kids, what a heavy burden. 
The Furnace
Maybe the place isn't at sealed up as the inmates are lead to believe. A few more potential escape routes are discovered by Alex, he is one handy kids to have around when you need to escape from an inescapable place. 
A New Nasty
The Blacksuites, Wheezers, the Warden, the dogs and now  these mutant rat things that can chew through anything. These disgusting things must be avoided at all costs, they are gross and scary and with the revelation of what they use to be is even worse. 
Oh my goodness, I can't believe it ended like that, so close yet so far away. I can't wait to start reading the next book.

I got distracted by being grossed out by how filthy everything in solitary is. Licking the walls to get some water, having a hole to squat over with nothing to wipe with, searching for bits of slop on the floor near the squat hole, no showers or washing hands . . . the list can go on for ages. I love my soap even more after reading this book.

This is book 2 in the series, got to read this series.

Escape From Furnace series
Genre: YA Thriller
Death Sentence
Fugitives February 28th
Execution November 13th 2012

He will be touring the US in March 3rd to 25th, check his website (bottom of the page) for locations and dates. Dates are still being confirmed. I will be seeing him on March 5th and I will be posting a pre-event interview.

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BookLuvr Mindy said...

I've been really curious of this series. I think I'll have to order the books!

Nice review!!!

Kristina said...

@Mindy You should try them, they are pretty cool.