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Execution (Escape From Furnace #5)

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4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,816 ratings  ·  184 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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Lucija
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Brittany
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
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Julianne
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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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
Shandra {The Happy New Mrs}
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
Aidan Hall
This book was a very good book, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes thrilling adrenaline filled books! But in order to fully understand the book, reading the previous 4 books would help for you to fully understand this book. In this book, Alex, (the main character), searches to find Alfred Furnace but as Alex is trying je encounters the government who offers him help for his sewn together body, but the government turns on him and tries to kill him but Alex is saved by a blacksuit, (one ...more
MATT ABHOLD
"Execution" is the final book in the "Escape the Furnace" series. All of the books tie together very nicely and make sense. They kept me interested, and not many books can do that. Alex is a very easy character to relate to in the sense that he has some problems with his life, but he tries to get over them.

The story started off in present day America, in a small town outskirting a city. It then moved its way down the Eastern Coast. After the coast, the group goes to a mansion on a small island.
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Taylor Berndt
I enjoyed reading “Execution” by Alexander Gordon Smith. In this book Alex Sawyer has escaped prison only to discover the whole world has become just like the prison, and Alfred Furnace has started a war. Monsters rule the streets, killing everything they can. Those who do not die turn into a monster. Alex is a monster too. He is the only one who knows how to end this by killing Alfred Furnace.

In "Execution", the story is told first person through a teenage boy, Alex Sawyer. Alex and his friends
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Jesse Wyant
I personally liked the book. I believe that this book makes a good closer to the furnace series. If I had to recommend this book for anyone, I recommend it for anyone 15 years and up. This book does have some profanity, but what high school book doesn't? I believe that the author Mr. Alexander Gordon Smith, is one of America's most respected writers. His books really hook me right after I start reading, I really hope that they do the same to other people as well.

This book was better than the f
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Dominic Nhan
Escape from Furnace: Execution
Written By: Alexander Gordon Smith
Book Reviewed By: Dominic Nhan

I honestly love this book, this is the 5th installment to the first book called Lockdown of the series Escape from Furnace. I liked this book because it had so many sneak attacks and horrifying details that you would have never guessed. It also was a great thriller.

The main setting is a place called furnace which is underground. It captures humans and which the takers would be monsters.The monsters are
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Zach Hansen
The fifth and final installation of the “Escape From Furnace” series which is the book called, “Execution” by Alexander Gordon Smith, is an attention grabbing novel that keeps you holding on tight throughout the whole book. It starts off where Alex and Simon had just had their encounter with the Warden, and Alex was being lifted off the roof of the building by helicopter to a nearby military base. There he met a doctor named Panettiere who was a Colonel in the military. He was contacted by Furn ...more
Desiree Roe
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Jordan
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Carie
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
Kaitlin


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
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Adam
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
Jim
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
Julia
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
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Christine
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
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Stuart
Execution


The book Execution is the last book in a series of five, Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith. The series starts out with a teenage boy named Alex Sawyer. We first see him in someone else’s house with his friend stealing from a guy who hosted a weekend charity event. They split up and his friend went downstairs and Alex went upstairs. Alex heard his friend scream and he ran down to see what happened. When he arrived there were 5 or so tall guys in the basement, in black tuxed
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Carl Malone
The execution was a very good book, highly interesting. Its about the world under the control of a evil leader named Alfred furnace.Terrible beast are sent to capture people and wreak havoc on the world. Its literally hell on earth.Alex is now a monster too, but he has the guts too fight back.He is the only hope the world have to get saved Alex can take him down.He goes through many obstacles to see Alfred furnace. Will he make it their?

I personally really like this book because it gives very vi
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Jonah Miller
The authors purpose in writing the book is to entertain. This book was very intriguing to read, it had me on my toes at all times. This book is very climactic, and is very descriptive. I think the author wanted to describe where bullying can get you. Also I think the author wanted to describe that friendship and hope can get you through so much. Never forgetting who you are is a major motif in this book. Alex needs to remember himself so he may help others.

I believe that the theme of this story
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D.reed
Escape from Furnace: Execution is a horror/action book about a boy named Alex on a mission to kill Alfred Furnace. Furnace is the man trying to take over the world with his army of children poisened by nectar. While he is on his mission he encounters many problems. The army is after him and his friends, he is having trouble with his past, and at the same time, he is trying to not let the nectar take over his body.

I thought the book was amazing for the most-part. It has many plot twist and had m
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19schumacherryan
This review is on the book Execution: Escape From Furnace #5 by Alexander Gordon Smith. In the beginning of this book Alex has just killed Warden Cross and is then captured by the army. He wakes up in an infirmary with lots of other beasts made from the nectar. They start running tests on him and cutting him up. He finally escapes and is now the general for Alfred Furnace. He starts to go to Furnace so he can kill him. Furnace's pets are now helping Alex get to him. On their way they are stopped ...more
Drew
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
Eulla Jane
5 stars

I'll admit that the series isn't the best there is but it is nothing less. I honestly thought that I'll be disappointed but heck, it was just plain great.

As for the world building, it was constructed beautifully since the first book. As a matter of fact, I hate too much descriptions but here, it felt just right. It was as if the series is real.

The character grew so much since the first time I read about them. As a start, I'll be making my favorite character as the first. Donovan, no one
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Grw
Well, wow!

Now that's how you finish a series. It all came together, and yet there was still more twists and turns to come. We learned about the history of Alfred Furnace, we learned about Alex, and we learned so much more about the relationships between the lead characters - both the good ones and the bad - with the possible exception of Lucy, who seemed to be very much a token girl.

We had a (nearly) new villain that had to be fought, while others appeared to change sides and finally we got to
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Jesse Wyant

The fifth book of the series was so amazing that I cannot wait to read another series by the author Alexander Gordon Smith. I personally am not a big reader but I enjoy reading the books by him. he is an amazing author. He really knows how to catch a reader's attention with the situations and the resolutions to get out of those situations.


Alex Sawyer was just a normal fourteen year old boy, until the night him and his friend Toby broke into a house, they thought that it was empty for vacation,
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Angelica Castillo
All for one... and let's get the hell out of here.

Smith has filled the previous books of the series with elements of horror and gore but in Execution he combined it with emotion. It made me appreciate the friendship between the characters and how they value each other. The repetition of the themes throughout the whole series did not help, but putting on emotions helped me as a reader to feel for the characters I found distant over the previous books.

I have mentioned in my review of the previo
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Tracy
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
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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)
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