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

4.4 of 5 stars 4.40  ·  rating details  ·  1,578 ratings  ·  165 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
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.

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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
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...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
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...more
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
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
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...more
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...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.
Alissa O'neal
I can't believe I finished this series. I repeat, I CAN'T BELIEVE I FINISHED THIS SERIES. No. I couldn't have. Now I have to say goodbye to Alex and Zee and... Gulp... Simon. Simon is gone. Alex almost died. I can't believe it. I just want to admit it, I have formed a little crushed on Alex over the past 5 books. I don't care if he is deformed and has scars and only one hand. I admire how sweet and strong and kind he is. I like the grotesque and insane side of these books. I like how Alexander G...more
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Finished this series in record time (for me). Stumbled on it by accident too. Glad I did. Only one other series I've ever read has ever had me so eager to get to the next page (thanks to Rob Thurman for her Cal Leandros books for that). The Escape from Furnace series is one of those few series that grabbed my attention from the very FIRST sentence and never once let it go.

A couple things I enjoyed so much about the series was that first, Mr. Smith didn't delve into things that bogged the main s...more
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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
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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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