Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3

Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3

by Alexander Gordon Smith


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Death Sentence: Escape from Furnace 3 by Alexander Gordon Smith

Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penetentiary has 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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312674410
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication date: 02/14/2012
Series: Escape from Furnace Series , #3
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 78,160
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexander Gordon Smith lives in Norwich, England. "The Stephen King of YA horror," he is the author of The Fury; The Inventors; the Escape from Furnace series, which has sold nearly half-a-million copies; and the Devil's Engine series.

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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

Table of Contents


Title Page,
The IV,
Under the Knife,
Second Sight,
The Test,
The Tour,
A Distraction,
A Rescue Mission,
A Plan,
Nerve Center,
Paper, Scissors, Rock,
Battle Plans,
Under Siege,
Fire in the Hole,
The Calm Before the Storm,
Cracking the Gate,
The Only Way Out,
Sneak Peek - FUGITIVES: Escape From Furnace 4,
By Alexander Gordon Smith,

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Death Sentence 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 116 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In the third book of the ESCAPE FROM FURNACE series, Alex Sawyer must confront the worst enemy of all - himself. 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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Choose book one to read on a whim. Can't put any of the Furnace novels down. This volume did not disappoint. It's fast paced, dark, and wonderful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, i thought.....AMAZING!!!! Eventhough im a girl, it doesn't mean that i can't read these books. Of all, i would recommend this some of my other friends....who i might say....are girls!! Whoever said that these series were only for boys has seriously just insulted me and the other girls who read this. Enough with the sexist comments, okay?
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BookSake More than 1 year ago
Just like the other books in this series, it was amazing. The Escape From Furnace series has to be one of my favorite series of books. The plot of the book is well written and the characters are in depth. I actually felt emotion for some of the characters, which books rarely make me feel. This book is action packed and a little bit more violent and bloody than the others, but so much happens in this book. You never get bored of reading it. Even when there isn't action and it's him thinking, it's entertaining and worth reading. Can't wait to read the fourth book in the series, I know it will be just as good. Reviewed by Kole for Book Sake.
Chicharito More than 1 year ago
I'm POSITIVE that this book will be incredible, just like the last two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The molst amazing book ever great work
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderfuly terrifying. A book you wont put down until you have finished it. Cant wait for the next one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one that you never want to stop reading... trust me. It is a dark, fast paced thriller that keeps on giving. I cant wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first two hoping alex wouldnt get take, but now knowing what happens down under gen pop, i wonderwhy he didnt want to get taken sooner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
How does he get such good ideas on books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow at the start, butoverall it was awesome like the first 2; the next to better not disappoint!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AMAZING!!!! You never get bored of reading it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This searies has turned me and lead me to the path of what i like to call "binge reading"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Death Sentence Believe me, if you could get a visual of the bloody disgusting things the characters have done, this book is horrifying.This book is horrifying because tells you the bloody things that they’ve seen and done. I think this because it sort of gives you a visualization of what the characters have seen with their own eyes and what the have done. It says in the story that the warden has seen his friends heads blown to mist and split wide open. Another reason this book is horrifying is in the story it states, “The first time I smashed it against a rock it let out a squeal.By the fifth time there was nothing in my fingers but mush.” this is horrifying because the was nothing left but blood and brain mush. Another reason this book is horrifying is because in the story it states,”The creature who had once been Gary was tearing into the black suits like a kid playing with dolls.” This is horrifying because what they do in furnace is during a blood watch the take the kids from their cells and then take them to the infirmary below and do experiments on the kids and turn them into a super soldier.sometimes the experiments don't work and they turn into rats. Sometimes they have limbs that are way bigger or smaller than the others. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read the first two books in the series and i am amazed at how good thay are. I am nott a heavy reader and these books amazed me
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazingly Awsome
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Havnt read it yet hope so soon i spent 18$ on JUST books! I really like this series and hope to read more if u wanna talk about this seriesbor other books id love to emal or if u have a text + account my name is Kylah Cilino see u later
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Booklover0080 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Looking forward to book 4.
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