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Death Sentence (Escape from Furnace #3)

4.28  ·  Rating Details ·  4,832 Ratings  ·  419 Reviews
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. ...more
ebook, 211 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 1st 2009)
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Paige  *an exploding fluffball* Bookdragon

What the actual fuck.

Death Sentence is the wild card in this series. This book is definitely a game changer.

If you're the type of person who is scared riding a roller coaster but wants to experience the thrill, then read this one. It's one hell of a ride.
Oct 23, 2015 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, read-2015
Ugh. Maybe it's because it's nearing the end of the year and I'm behind on my GR goal, but my patience for reading books I'm not enjoying has dramatically decreased. I used to try to finish books no matter what, but I can't be bothered. If I'm over half way and still bored, I think it's time to give up. It helps that my boyfriend has read it and told me what happens, so it's not like I really don't know what goes on at the end of this book. It's just disappointing after a pretty good, enjoyable ...more
Amy Jacobs
Oct 14, 2011 Amy Jacobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Just when I thought Alex had no hope or strength left inside of him, the author renewed my hope in this story. When we last saw Alex he was burning in the incinerator. He had been pulled from the flames by the Black Suits and taken to the lab -- a lab that holds even more evil than we have seen so far. The Warden has decided to make Alex into one of them. The Alex of old will be nothing but a memory and a new but stronger Alex will emerge.

I finally understood the meaning of remembering your nam
Kimberly Yates
What a massive wild ride. My eyes hurt from reading the words so fast, my fingers hurt from turning the pages so quickly, my mind hurts from the unbelievable story this book threw at me. Yes, this is book 3. When I thought the horror couldn't get any worse, this was the best most awesome horror read ever. This has got to be the best horror series EVER!! Addictive, totally adrenaline pumping. Reading this book was like being on a treadmill on high speed with the inability of never being able to s ...more
Cindy Newton
I dunno--this one just didn't captivate me as much as the previous two. We definitely find out more about what is going on and the origins of things in this book, but it just wasn't as gripping to me, and actually got repetitious at times. There's still plenty of action, including escapes from tight situations, life and death struggles, and psychological battles that Alex has to overcome with himself. Again . . . I dunno. Now that these operations they're doing on everyone are actually described ...more
Baily Volpel
Mar 20, 2014 Baily Volpel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Death Sentence” I thought was a great book. It is very suspenseful and the action never stops throughout the whole book. Alex is the main character in this book who, in the second book thinks he found a way to escape. As he was getting close to freedom, he and his friends were captured by the warden. After he was captured, the warden started experimenting on his body and filling him full of a fluid called ‘Nectar’ which is of the warden’s special design.

This book is about Alex who, with the hel
This series just gets grimmer and grimmer. Also, I was kinda hoping this was the conclusion to the series, but such is not the case. At this point, Alex has tried to escape, twice. This time he falls (literally) directly into the hands of the Warden and the blacksuits and is quickly taken off to be turned into one of the blacksuits. Here we get to see the "transformation" process as well as learn a bit about this history of Furnace Penitentiary. I don't really want to go too far into to it, but ...more
Death Sentence lost some of the momentum that was present in the previous books in the series. At times, it also seemed to be a bit too repetitive for my liking. I found I was forcing myself to pick it back up to continue reading, or I could only read a chapter or two at a time. It's not because it was a bad book, it was still good, but because it lacked something major that the previous two books had for me. The last half of the book did pick up the pace and upped the entertainment level enough ...more
Jul 29, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While their first attempt for escape was completely botched, then the second got f*cked up, now there’s no escaping from what the warden has in mind for them.

Continuing the events from Solitary, after being caught with their second attempt for escape, Alex Sawyer was taken to be used for the warden's experiment, he was injected a substance that Alfred Furnace discovered and it consumed both his mind and body, but fortunately, our kid was able to fight it.

In this installment, it was explained how
Zach Hansen
May 29, 2014 Zach Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the “Escape From Furnace” series is named, “Death Sentence.” Just the name itself is able to make anyone suspicious and wondering if this is the book where it all goes bad and Alex Sawyer and the rest don’t make it. The book follows the previous events where Alex, Zee, and Simon were trying to escape through the incinerator smoke duct. The Warden figured out their little plan and had turned on the incinerator in order to smoke them out. That’s when they realized they had all fa ...more
Grey Liliy
If you picked this up without reading the first two books in the series--please go do so now. This is pretty much a direct continuation of the first two and makes enough references that it pays off to have read the others first.

Now, for thoughts on this one:

We went from prison life in book one, to a sci-fi laboratory setting in book two, and now that we're on the third--it's an all out monster movie, baby. Monsters, fights, daddy-issues, and full blown riots.

Everything is amped up, and Alex is
Oct 17, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As if things in Furnace couldn't get any worse.

The warden and his hidden experiments deep beneath the penitentiary have taken hold of Alex, forcing out any last remnants of his humanity. Alex is trapped inside his own body, a more horrendous form of imprisonment than the walls of Furnace. To see Alex get so far to only become something monstrous, is all around terrifying and horrific in its own right. To think that there could be worse things than being locked inside solitary. Only in Furnace c
Jan 15, 2016 Gus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

This book was amazing. My opinion was that this book was far better than the previous two. The plot of this book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I especially liked the constant action throughout the book because there was never a dull spot to get bored at. I thought that this book deserved the five stars easily.


Alex is very unaware of what is going on around him. Alex is severely injured after falling from the walls of the smoke stack and into the flames below.
Regino Leon
Mar 17, 2015 Regino Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had the most action of all the books I have read in the series. “Death Sentence” was very different than the other because of the action. It took away from the usual sneaking around to epic fights and skirmishes. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

The book begins as Alex is trying to fight what the warden is doing to him and Alex is constantly having to try and remember his name. Halfway into the book, Alex sees his friends sneaking through the lab, but doesn't recognize them. They run away
And this was never more true than when I was chased by the blacksuits. Fast, powerful, and fearless, they were the ultimate hunters, the true kings of this underground jungle. I could never be anything other than the quarry pinned helpless and screaming beneath their shoes.
Unless I became one of them.

I don't have a whole lot to say about this third installment of the Escape from Furnace series. It's definitely the weakest in my eyes, but it's still a pretty darn scary book, just as all the o
May 27, 2016 Genna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
This book was a very action packed book that always kept me wondering what would happen next. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, because I liked it a lot. I think that Death Sentence is such a good book, because it's very unpredictable. I would want to read the rest of this series and I plan to.

Alex was put into The Warden’s infirmary where he was injected with The Warden’s "nectar". This nectar turned Alex into a superhuman, and made him forget everything that happened
Of the first three books, I found this one the scariest. The others I didn't really find scary at all, but this one really got my heart beating and made me physically anxious. When I put it down to go off and do something else, I was hesitant to come back to it, finding the idea of getting back into the story daunting. There was always that underlying uncertainty that certain characters wouldn't make it through or I knew something particularly bad was going to happen and I wasn't ready for it.

Luke Sands
Mar 31, 2016 Luke Sands rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Now that we're into the third book in the Escape From Furnace series, you wonder if Death Sentence makes up for how boring Solitary turned out to be. Not only does Death Sentence have to make up for Solitary but it also has to begin to set the tone for the rest of the series. Being a five book series means that Death Sentence is the absolute middle book and it's just as important that it delivers. If you couldn't tell by my bumping this book back into the five star category, Death Sentence most ...more
May 03, 2016 Jesse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Jared Shilts
May 16, 2016 Jared Shilts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nathan Togstad
Sep 06, 2016 Nathan Togstad rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response: Death Sentence was much better than the second book. There was a lot more action in this book. The first book was still the best in the series so far. Alex and friends actually get out of the prison this book, which was unexpected. There are still two more books in the series. Seeing how the third was better than the second, hopefully the fourth will be the best.

Plot: Alex was being experimented on by the wheezers to become a black suit. They brainwashed him and he truly tho
Aurora Becher
May 10, 2016 Aurora Becher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Quentin Borremans

Personal Response: Death Sentence is a great book. It fits in well with the other books. I really enjoyed reading it. The book kept me wanting more and more. The ending is very mean, but I think it ends well.

Plot: The book starts with Alex laying in the bottom of the furnace, burning up. The warden saves him from the flames, but then proceeds to turn him into one of his soldiers. Alex is injected with the nectar. The nectar basically gives him power, but he won't remember anything. Alex is diff
Tyler Mix
Mar 08, 2016 Tyler Mix rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Personal response:

I thought this book was good. I thought Alex would go along with the Warden for sure, but instead he recognized what was happening to him. He fought his way back to being himself.I was on edge the whole book and that is the best kind of book. I will read the series again for sure.


Alex was captured previously and was experimented on. Alex had to face the warden of furnace, but with this time a proud warm feeling of accomplishment. He was accomplished because he became a bla
Brianna Kortesmaki
Personal Response:
The book “Death Sentence” was an ok book. It did take me much longer to read this one than it took me to read the first two books of the “Escape From Furnace” series. I feel like this book didn't have as much excitement or action as the other books did. Honestly I did go through parts of “Death Sentence” where I just skimmed the paragraph because I didn't find it that interesting.

In the book “Death Sentence” Alex undergoes the blacksuit procedure, while Simon, Zee, a
Austin Marker
Mar 27, 2015 Austin Marker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The third book in the escape from the furnace series is "Death Sentence" by Alexander Gordon Smith. This book is a very well written book that will had me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I really liked this book it had me staying up late at night to find out more that was happening to Alex Sawyer.

After Alex gets his hopes crushed and everything ruined he thought it couldn't get worse, but he was way wrong. Instead of having Alex die in the incinerator warden Cross took him out seconds
Jan 08, 2015 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escaping once was tricky, but escaping twice was a death wish. In the end of Solitary, the second book of the series, Alex, Zee, and Simon were climbing the incinerator trying to escape again when they fell. When Alex woke up, he discovered he was in the infirmary, and then noticed he was fitted with an IV of nectar. Soon, the warden would make him into a monster he never wanted to become. Alex went back and forth from operating room to infirmary bed. The first time he woke up from his first sur ...more
Jun 21, 2011 Tricia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first book in this series I loved it so much that I ordered the next two from the UK, so I wouldn't have to wait to continie the series.
Death Sentence takes a turn away from the writing style usually featured in this series. However, as Alex's tale continues, I was thrilled to see the action pick up and carry on with Smith's usual writing flair.

In this third novel, we get more than a glimpse into the world of Blacksuits and the Warden Cross of Furnace Penitentiary. There is in
Kristin Lundgren
In this third installment in the Escape from Furnace series, our boy Alex has been caught at the end of the last book in his attempt to break-out of the ultra impenatrable fortress in the ground, called Furnace. Evil things and evil experiments lurk in these dark and dank levels below ground, unsanctioned by those above, although he was tried and convicted of a murder he never committed, so all is not well up "there." So alex is in the clutches of the evil warden again - this time he will be tur ...more
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Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series of young adult novels, 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 ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Escape from Furnace (5 books)
  • Lockdown (Escape from Furnace, #1)
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“And if there's nothing left of you but darkness, how can you not become a monster?” 7 likes
“The Wookiee gambit.' he said with a smile. I didn't have a clue what he was talking about, but somewhere in my head a distant memory was forming. He raised an eyebrow. 'Christ, Alex, what have they done to your brain? You don't remember Star Wars?” 2 likes
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