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Execution (Escape from Furnace #5)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  2,721 Ratings  ·  261 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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Kiran I picked it up a long time ago, read a few chapters, and put it back on the shelf. I found it again recently and tried it again. It is really worth a…moreI picked it up a long time ago, read a few chapters, and put it back on the shelf. I found it again recently and tried it again. It is really worth a few tries. I loved the entire series and I don't do a lot of re-reading but I would definitely read it all again. Just give it a try or two. It's worth it.(less)
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Nov 18, 2012 Lucija rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 18, 2012 Brittany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Kimberly Yates
I have truly enjoyed this series, immensely! I have seen every word, phrase, paragraph, every action, every character and every location all very CLEARLY in my mind when reading these freakin' awesome books. I am in love with this author now.

This book was the ending to our adventure or rather misadventures and horrors with Alex and the Furnace Penitentiary, along with its monsters and horrid occurrences. One day I could see this series making it to the big-screen. I would love to beg people to
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
Dec 20, 2013 Shandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Edward Wohlt

Personal Response: I really enjoyed the book Execution by Alex Gordon Smith. This is the last book I wish that there was more books because this was my favorite series by far. The book kept me on the edge of my chair.

Plot: The whole city is full of furnace's army monsters everywhere if you're not dead then you were turned. Alex was going to kill furnace or he would die trying. Alex, Simon, Zee, and Lucy are on their way to kill furnace, but they found out that he was on an island full of monste
Aidan Hall
May 19, 2014 Aidan Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 08, 2015 Gus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

This book was amazing. I liked how much action was packed into the plot by the author. I also like the suspense that is on every single page. My favorite part is the last chapter because it lets me know that Alex finally gets closure. I usually do not like science-fiction books but this one was very good.


The book takes place in a war-torn England. After the release of the nectar, Furnace's creations have slaughtered millions of people across the country. The nectar is spread
Regino Leon
May 29, 2015 Regino Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally I have completed this book series, and I enjoyed every book equally. Through every book, my mind was always being twisted because of how random and awesome these types of books are. Personally, out of all of them, I would have to say "Death Sentence" was my favorite because of Alex becoming a black suit.

The fifth book of the series "Escape From Furnace" is called, “Execution”. This book is an attention-grabbing novel that has your mind crumbling at the suspense throughout the whole book.
Oct 31, 2014 MATT ABHOLD rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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.
Oct 25, 2015 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Sawyer is a hero. Not only to his mates and the world within the Furnace series, but he's a hero to us, as well. He not only saved himself, his friends, and the fate of humanity, he saved us all when he reminded us that our names, our very souls, carry more weight than any amount of power ever will. Our names define us, define who we are, what our souls are made from. It matters more than a label, more than matching a word to go along with the face. A name means everything because it makes ...more
May 12, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Execution was about Alex, a prisoner from Furnace that turned into Alfred Furnace’s freak reincarnation in the last book. He began this book with the mindset of Alfred Furnace, the antagonist character in this series, who hated the weak and wanted to build a new land with all strong men. Alex, a weak kid who hated Alfred, had battled through so many “adventures” trying to find Furnace to kill him. He started out the book by telling the readers that he has become evil and that Alex Sawyer is
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I think that this is by far the best book in the series. The way that it always kept me on my toes wanting to know what's next makes me just keep reading. It is packed full of action and at times can be very irritating. It also has its share of sad moments when a character you get really attached to dies.

This book starts out with a kid named Alex Sawyer being captured after killing the warden. Alex was brought to a military base that used to be a hospital. The hospital sto
Taylor Berndt
Oct 16, 2014 Taylor Berndt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jesse Wyant
May 27, 2014 Jesse Wyant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Dominic Nhan
Oct 15, 2014 Dominic Nhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Zach Bergstrom
May 04, 2016 Zach Bergstrom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2015 Tyler rated it really liked it
Personal response- I enjoyed this book very much it was an excellent closing to the series. there is a lot of imagery used throughout this book and it made it seem as if I was in the action and I enjoyed that.

Plot -Alex is brought by the army, along with Zee, Simon, and Lucy, to St. Margaret's hospital where he, Simon and other Furnace creatures are studied by Panettierre and others while the plague's spreading through and out of the country. During the experiments, Alex drifts in and out of sle
We have finally reached the conclusion of Escape From Furnace and what a wild ride it's been. From blacksuits, mutant dogs, wheezers, and the warden, to murderous gangs, berserkers, and rats, we've made it to the end. Since this is the last book in the series this review will be a mix of me reviewing the series as a whole and of Execution.

In the final installment of Escape From Furnace, we follow Alex, Simon, Lucy, and Zee as they seek to destroy the monster who started this all; Alfred Furnace.
Zach Hansen
Oct 23, 2014 Zach Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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May 22, 2014 Desiree Roe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 03, 2011 Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 31, 2011 Carie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

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
Apr 23, 2013 Adam rated it really liked it
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
Dec 22, 2012 Jim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 09, 2016 Akshay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The really good thing i like abt this whole series is there is no unnecessary romance put in to it.... not every thing has to be abt love and sacrifice... some stories can be abt struggle for survival and pure graphic violence :)

Even though this is fictional story; actual human emotions are well and truly captured in this series which made sense to me.

Loved this whole series and will surely check out other books by Alexander Gordon Smith !
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
Jan 04, 2013 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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