Execution (Escape From Furnace, #5)
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Execution (Escape From Furnace #5)

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,204 ratings  ·  142 reviews
Alex Sawyer has escaped his underground nightmare to discover the whole world has become a prison, and Alfred Furnace is its master. Monsters rule the streets, leaving nothing but murder in their wake. Those who do not die become slaves to Furnace’s reign of cruelty. Alex is a monster too. He is the only one who can stop Furnace but in doing so he could destroy everything....more
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published March 3rd 2011)
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This series is really too amazing. I probably cried a little too much reading this book. I won`t reiterate what I have been saying about it in my reviews of the previous books. It`s been a while since I`ve read a series as memorably impactful about human nature and the bonds that tie us together in life.

I felt like the story enabled me to empathize with the characters` journey. I could feel their pain, their desperation, their despair, and most of all, their growth. They were just children. But...more
Steven R. McEvoy
It is always a little sad when you come to the end of a series of books that you really enjoy. That is how I approached this fifth and final book in the Escape from Furnace series by Alexander Gordon Smith. It has been a wild ride as we have followed Alex Sawyer go from a young child really, being framed for murder, to seeing him challenge Alfred Furnace for control of all who have been infected with the Nectar. This series was dark, gripping and compelling. Every time I started one of the books...more
I liked this book and wanted to give it more stars but there were some MAJOR holes in the plot that I just can't overlook. I really did enjoy this series though as a whole, and I really like the author's writing style. I will definitely check out some of his other stuff.

Plot holes:
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Another wild ride in the Escape from Furnace series!!! I'm sort of at a loss of what to say about this one. I'm sad to see the series come to a close, but I'm also perfectly content with where it ends. I'm also happy that characters I've come to care for finally have closure, good or bad. This book gave a lot of back history on Mr. Alfred Furnace and helps to put a lot of pieces in place. I really enjoyed this series for a lot of reasons. None of the books disappointed me and I just love Zee!!!...more
Desiree Roe
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Maybe more of a 3.5. This is probably my least favorite book of the series--it really did get a bit over-the-top crazy at times, but I still thought it was a satisfying ending to the series. I liked the attempt to explain why Furnace was the way he was. I LOVED the friendships throughout this whole series and the shows of emotion from the characters. I also liked the pervasive theme of hope in each book (though a lot of faith, patience, and long-suffering are required of the reader in this serie...more
In 2004, the year I graduated from high school, "young adult" was a wishy-washy label attached haphazardly to all sorts of books, the most popular being Harry Potter, that were, yes, geared towards younger audiences but were also clean and slightly patronizing. Sure, Harry Potter learned some valuable life lessons, faced down seemingly invincible foes, and grew as both a wizard and a person--what teenager can't relate to that in some way?--but overall the books in that series, as well as most ot...more
I think I only read this book because I had started the series and wanted to see it through to the finish. The book (and series) was not all that good. In this book, Alex spends much of the time either unconscious or locked up. As a result, about 75% of the novel takes place in his head which is really lacking for an action/horror/thriller. As a result, dialogue is virtually non-existent and you learn virtually nothing about any of the other characters. I found Zee and Simon much more enjoyable...more
Rating: 4.5

As the last book in the series, this was completely and utterly amazing. I loved it even more than I loved the first one, and I thought the first one was pretty great. Alexander Gordon Smith does a great job of making what we think its predictable, into a completely twisted and slightly antagonizing ending where you have no idea if the main character, Alex, is going to be a good guy or a bad guy, and you have no idea if the bad guys are really bad. It will completely corrupt your mind...more
Having just finished this book series, I feel compelled to mention that while I gave it a 4 star rating, these books are NOT for the faint of heart or squeamish. Oh and there’s a bit of mild language too.

There were many times when I felt like throwing up just reading this but the author does an amazing job of telling Alex's story which compelled me to keep reading. You can't help but be drawn to Alex's plight. Alex fights against the devil himself and the author paints a pretty vivid picture fo...more
In Alexander Gordon Smiths brilliantly entertaining book Execution: Escape from Furnace the reader follows protagonist Alex Sawyer on his long and difficult journey which includes many nerve racking bumps in the road. Smith does a wonderful job grabbing the reader’s attention and keeping it by keeping the intensity of the book high at all times whether Alex is surrounded by creatures or facing major obstacles. Smith also keeps the book entertaining by adding new challenges to overcome each one m...more
Oh my goodness! What a ride! Coming into this book, I just knew that there would be no "happy ending". With all of the twists and turns, I think that Smith brought this story to a satisfying conclusion. We get answers to our questions, although not always with the answers that we would like. Will Alex be able to beat Furnace once and for all? Will Alex ever be able to have a life that even approaches normal? Does Alex even survive? What about his friends? We've seen too many of them die along th...more
Thien Mai
In this story the whole world is going to hell. The insanity and destruction of the city and outlying areas are too much to bear as all the main characters, Alex, Zee, Lucy and Simon, are whipsawed trying to stop Alfred Furnace and his insane plan for Alex. In this world the good and the bad characters are starting to blend. Who is who is getting harder to tell apart as characters you would expect to be evil start to show humanity and those who should be the good guys are going down the other ro...more
Gwenda Shaw
Loved how this series ended. Very sad to be finished, I feel as if I had to say goodbye to really good friends.
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*** Contains Spoilers ***

Execution is the fifth and final book in the Escape From Furnace book series by Alexander Gordon Smith. The story is told in the point of view of Alex Sawyer,a teen incriminated for being believed to have murdered his best friend. Alex was framed for this crime, but without proof, he was sentenced to life in Furnace penitenitiary. After finally breaking out, he must fight in a massive war between the humans and Furnace's superhuman, nectar infected, puppets who are takin...more
A very complex struggle takes place in the last installment of the Escape from Furnace series. Alex, who has always been the reluctant hero, again, takes up the war between the government/military and Alfred Furnace's creations. While it is very gruesome and grotesque and definitely much more violent and gory than all of the others combined (albeit a bit unnecessarily), the story is still the mystery of who really Alfred Furnace is. Alex is determined to find out and with memories being fed to h...more
I ordered the UK version of Execution from Amazon because i just couldn't wait until it came out in the US, and it was absolutely amazing.
In the beginning of Execution when Alex was on the top of Furnace's building in the city, I really thought that he had completely lost his sanity and turned into a berserker forever, and I was really glad that when he woke up in Penetierre's hospital that he hadn't. But the fact that he had to live as a guinea pig for Penetierre was just as bad as being down i...more
Rebecca Ann
Jan 15, 2013 Rebecca Ann rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Teen Boys
Omg, I finished a series, lol. This may never happen again. I have to say, Smith's writing style feels very amateur and unpolished, but his story is compelling I powered through anyway. I think the level of "horror" he is going for is difficult to sustain over so many books, and this book was no exception. The ending was in keeping with the series but felt anticlimactic for me. (view spoiler) I did like the story of the...more
Alex Sawyer can still remember his name and his mission - to kill Alfred Furnace. But now he is a prisoner of the military - a fanatical colonel who wants to use the enhanced nectar to create her own army of berserkers.
Helping Alex are Zee, Simon, Lucy, and Alex's own memories of Donovan. As the story progresses, Alex learns what turned Alfred into the monster he is. Alex himself becomes monstrous as he develops affection for the poor children Alfred and the stranger have experimented on. Finall...more
Leanne (Escaping With Books)
This review was first posted on my blog Escaping With Books

I am completely buried in a turmoil of emotions right now, having just finished this book, the last one of this series. Honestly, I have no words to describe how I'm feeling because there simply are no words, and I also want to keep this spoiler free.

Alex has become a completely different person, and has definitely grown -- literally -- a lot. I loved the way he never stopped striving toward whatever it was he wanted to accomplish, the w...more
Ken Kugler
Execution: Escape from Furnace, By Alexander Gordon Smith, is the finale in a quick paced series. The ride you get from this series is so fast that at time it feels like you will wind up with a case of whiplash.
In this story the whole world is going to hell. The insanity and destruction of the city and outlying areas are too much to bear as all the main characters, Alex, Zee, Lucy and Simon, are whipsawed trying to stop Alfred Furnace and his insane plan for Alex. In this world the good and the...more
Whenever a story that is as incredible as Alexander Gordon Smith’s Escape from Furnace, it is uneasy to accept the fact that it has come to its final curtains. The fifth book, Execution, continues to tell the destructive path of Alfred Furnace. Monsters and creatures are causing up a storm throughout the land. En route to the Army, Alex Sawyer and his friends discover Furnace’s minions are shredding through it. While the war between creatures of the nectar and normal civilians is seemingly going...more
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I always have a weird feeling in my gut when I’m done with a serie. I am glad that I finally got to know how it ended, that I finally got closure. But at the same time that means I have to “break up” with the characters I’ve started to really like.

Book five is my least favorite in the serie. For me, it’s filled with to much of everything. To many weird combinations with creatures and “people”. I would’ve liked it more if it could’ve been more mysterious as the fi...more
Trenton Dove
Alexander Gordon Smith has created a perfect series ender with Escape From Furnace Execution. It started out slow but then it started to get intense in the middle and the ending. Alex Sawyer does not know what he is up against in the final book.
Alex and his friends finally got out of the prison and now they have to fight for their lives against the military and the creatures they released from the prison with them. Alex has only one goal on his mind, it is to kill the man who caused this all to...more
Grey Liliy
First: Warden Cross is my favorite character. Still. He makes my inner fangirl happy.

But what you really want--the review, in which I see two options:

1) You've already read Books 1-4 in the series: It's a continuous story, and you've made it this far--read the fifth book already and get your ending.

2) You haven't started the series and you're looking ahead to see if it holds up until the end: I think it does. If you enjoy the first couple of books, I think it'll be worth your time to see it thr...more

WOW. In all honesty this book made me want to 1.) kill myself and 2.) take over the world... I was in love very happy with this book.

This book also made me want to tear it to pieces and then hug it at the same time.

Spoilers possibly but not that much

So, there were some little annoying things in this book, and I'm going to say it first so you can be annoyed at me, and then you read the good part and you feel extremely happy! Yay.

I didn't like how sometimes Alex changed emotions so quickly. Like...more
Dorine White
I'm just going to go straight into the story. Execution is the fifth and final book in the Escape From Furnace series.

The Story-
Alex Sawyer is no longer human, he is a monster. Everyday he struggles to control the dark nectar from taking over his mind. The military has captured him, and he hopes they mean to help him and his friends. But, what Alex discovers, is a mad scientist, masquerading as a doctor.

Alfred Furnace controls the outside world, his monsters killing and causing havoc. Alex knows...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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