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The Night Children: An Escape From Furnace Story (Escape From Furnace 0.5)

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It is December 1944 and Europe is still gripped by war. In the densely forested mountains of Belgium one of the conflict’s most brutal battles is raging. Cut off from the front, a ragtag group of young British and American soldiers finds itself being hunted by a patrol of elite German Special Forces, including a newly commissioned officer called Kreuz—a teenage boy who wi
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Published September 21st 2011 by Tor Books
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Karly *The Vampire Ninja*

I am at a bit of a loss as to how to review this novella, and at 64 pages I would call this a novella not a short story.

Tor shorts are a great way to get a taste of a writer's style and see if it's flavour matches our desires. Smith did exceptionally well here... I will definitely be checking out his Escape from Furnace series in the future. However, there was more to this one than most.... it felt cohesive and thought-out, not like the slapped together prequel that so many of these 0.5's can b
I'm often reluctant to read anything WWII-related. Especially so when it comes to foreign authors. It's not that I believe that Russian historians and writers are somehow more truthful about the events that took place during that period or that they have some special *moral* right to explore and interpret those events - there is a great deal of idealization at work here and I fully realize that, and yet... and yet I can't help but find some of the accounts or - let's call them - re-interpretatio ...more
First of, this is a good short story, combining the Second World War and ghost / supernatural events.
It's as well written as everything the author does, there's some good characters, some nice twists, a decent plot and everything else.

However, I just can't see where, or indeed why, it fits into the "Escape From the Furnace" series. It really doesn't give any extra background information about the characters form those books, although it doesn't detracts anything either.

I'm not even sure in whi
Marsella Macabre
Amazing, gives you a great background if you haven't started the Escape From Furnace series yet. And if you have, it clarifies unanswered questions about the meeting of Alfred Furnace & Warden Cross. Like in the series, you feel as if you're really there, during the war. Watching everything happen & discovering the "Night Children". If you haven't read the series yet, once you start, you'll notice similarites between the Night Children & the creatures Furnace has created.
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
A short story that gives us a glimpse into one of the major evil characters in the series. We get to see how he becomes what he is throughout the series. I would've liked to see more explanation on what the night children are exactly, like how they came to be. All in all, a good prequel to the series.

P. S.
This is a really quick, enjoyable, dark series. :0)
Irgendwie süß, wenn selbst die Deutschen nicht ganz korrekt Deutsch sprechen. xD Ist aber definitiv schön gruselig und interessant, auch wenn's keine wirklich neuen Einblicke in die Furnace-Reihe gibt. Bietet sich aber perfekt vor dem vierten Buch der Reihe an.
I expected more from this little story. It didn't really answer any questions. Yeah, it was kind of interesting to see where it all kind of started. At least, we got to see where Furnace and Cross first met, and among the soldiers was a woman named Joan Sawyer (wonder who she's related to?!) which was nice, I guess. But I want to know what Furnace is making these monsters for! To rule the world? And I want to know more about Furnace and where he came from. At this point in the story he has alrea ...more
Angelica Castillo
The Night Children, a prequel of Lockdown, took place in World War II. It offered the story of how Warden Cross, one of the most powerful men in Furnace Penitentiary, came to be. It answered some of my questions but I was disappointed when this novella did not contain the Summer of Slaughter and other factors that led to the construction of Furnace because I wanted to know more about it.
This story answered a lot of questions I had about the origins of some of the characters. It takes place during WWII and though it isn't historically accurate in all of the information, it didn't bother me. This series is Science Fiction and this story fit well into the rest of the series with the same great descriptions. There are some aspects that are described in great detail while other instances Gordon lets my own imagination fill in the blanks. I found the characters to be unique and reali ...more
Kelly Moore
I love a good prequel, and this one didn't disappoint me. I should've read book 3 in the Furnace series before I read this, but I think it's fine to read this one after the second book. I definitely HAVE to read the third one now, because the WWII connection is so interesting, and I've heard Death Sentence is when that idea is introduced. While the Furnace books take place in the future, this prequel goes back to WWII and give some very creepy background about the origins of some of the nightmar ...more
Cullen Houlihan
Awesome. E.F.F. is better though
Great prequel to the series! It explain Cross and how he become who he ended up to be! I wish it would have explained more about Furnace but that's ok! The only other thing i wish was different was the descriptions of everything, they were the same as in escape from furnace books!! Overall it was nicely written!
Melanie - iHeartFantasy
The first book in this series is the only one I've read by Gordon, but it was so awesome. In my whole life, I've given 10/10 four times, and Lockdown was one of them.


This novella was not nearly as good.

It was boring and unrelated to the main story.

It was quite short, but worth it. Just as good as the other books that he has written though it's not much of a prequel, just a story that includes the Wheezers... But either way, it was well written and I recommend it to anyone who likes these sort of books.
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
I found this novella to be a pointless let down. It didn't really answer any of the outstanding questions from the series and was also badly structured. I'm glad it was only a short story as I would have rapidly lost interest.
Anna - Boktycke
Started slow but became better toward the middle.

Review in Swedish at Boktycke.
I tried to read this but lost interest pretty fast after reading 5 full novels. Perhaps i would of given it more of a go if it had of came out as a book and was a bit longer of a story
Nadine Wriesnik
Great for those of my friends too scared to read the Lockdown series, a short snippet of exceptional writing wonderfully dark and evil that is quite similar to the other books.
Another freakishly addictive story...can't wait for the 4th book to be released. I want answers!!!
I like how it began. Sawyer was a nice twist. "It means fire maybe... or furnace".
Charles Jackson
I didn't even know this book existed till now but I have read the other ones
Well this is an amazing short story.
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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)
  • Solitary (Escape From Furnace, #2)
  • Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace, #3)
  • Fugitives (Escape From Furnace, #4)
  • Execution (Escape From Furnace, #5)
Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1) Solitary (Escape From Furnace, #2) Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace, #3) Fugitives (Escape From Furnace, #4) Execution (Escape From Furnace, #5)

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