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Lockdown (Escape From Furnace #1)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  11,532 ratings  ·  1,450 reviews
Furnace Penitentiary: the world’s most secure prison for young offenders, buried a mile beneath the earth’s surface. Convicted of a murder he didn’t commit, sentenced to life without parole, “new fish” Alex Sawyer knows he has two choices: find a way out, or resign himself to a death behind bars, in the darkness at the bottom of the world. Except in Furnace, death is the
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 273 pages
Published October 27th 2009 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published March 5th 2009)
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Skittles (Skyla) In the respect that they are set in a prison yes however Incarceron has someone on the outside talking to someone on the inside and there is like a…moreIn the respect that they are set in a prison yes however Incarceron has someone on the outside talking to someone on the inside and there is like a historical type aspect and they aren't in the prison for committing crimes per se, there are whole families in the prison in Incarceron, while Furnace all the boys have been put there for crimes whether they were set up or not. Also Furnace is set in a not so distant future with technology more advanced than our own.

And there is a monster genetic experiment aspect to Furnace and there is only one POV.

From what I remember of Incarceron the only similarities would be the prison setting, a creep factor, an escape attempt and a mystery aspect.(less)
Skittles (Skyla) Yes it is set in a near-future Britain. Or what passes as Britain circa the year it is set.
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Kat Stark

It's not without it's flaws, but this was a pretty enjoyable horror YA. I actually have a life today, so I'm gonna answer this format in Haikus. I know what you’re thinking, first I answered "How to write a good horror" in one of my reviews, then I did a gif review...can you tell I miss my unconventional review style after being formatted for this long? LOL


Hate no parents trope.
Relationships needed work.
Where was description?


Intriguing story
But hard to suspend belief.
I think I'm going to bump this to 4.5 stars because I can't stop thinking about it! In fact, when I went to sleep I was picturing the wheezers and literally had to remind myself that it was just a's not real's're a big girl....ok fine, just cuddle up to the mister..he's asleep so he won't know how big of a baby you're being... That was me at 1 in the morning. True story, haha.

I don't typically read books that have a horror element to them because of the fact that
Haley Mathiot
My summary: Alex was like any other boy. Go to school, hang out with his group, and control the monkey bars. But when he started stealing, his life changed for the worse. Out of nowhere, his best friend is murdered, and he is framed for it. he is sent to the child prison: a Hell hole. Worse than Hell. Furnace. When he’s there, he is disgusted with the way people live. Kids do hard labor like chipping rock. Gangs kill kids. and he isn’t the only innocent person who was framed. But there’s no ho ...more
Aik Chien 인첸
I usually don't say this, but...

Lockdown. Is. Amazing!!! *inserts hardcore-fan squeal*

Being super engrossing and totally un-put-down-able, I couldn't stop reading this book, and ended up finishing it by 4 o'clock in the morning, only then did I close the book with a satisfied smile on my face and went to bed dreaming about Alex's Escape.

What I love about this book:

1. A hero with a complex personality. Alex Sawyer is a school bully, a thief and a burgular --- but never a killer. After he is
Lockdown follows the story of Alex Sawyer, a young delinquent who, along with his best friend, makes a habit of entering people’s houses and stealing whatever they can put their hands on. One night though, everything goes wrong. Alex promised himself that after one last job, he’d stop stealing. But nothing goes as planned after his best friend is murdered right in front of him, and Alex is the one convicted for the murder. He’s then thrown into Furnace, an underground prison, where are sent youn ...more
4.5. This was heading for a 4, but that ending made me grin so much.

This ends on a cliffhanger. This book barely skims the surface of this prison, society, and characters. This books raises more questions than answers them.

For a YA novel, I consider it very dark. Children that are killers, gangs, no skin dogs that eat children, soulless silver-eyed men, child labor, etc.

As dark as it got at times, the novel was sprinkled with much needed humor and hope. There was one time I swear I could hear
I was pleasantly surprised with Lockdown. It was fairly predictable but the plot was laid out in such a rich manner it didn’t take much from the experience. I devoured every page about these boys and the dangers they faced inside their horrific cage.

There was mystery, violence, horror, and a fast pace that easily guided you through the characters struggles. The characters were believable and had dimension. There wasn’t a lot of world building outside of the prison (touches on some school and ho
OMG!!! Another amazing book! I am so glad that I bought this book and I cannot wait for the next one to come out...

This book is a horror/creepy/action book and it does not disappoint. It is the first book in a 5 book series and these books will definitely be pre-ordered asap.

Alex is the main character in this book and he is framed for murder and sent to The Furnace Penitentary. A prison that was built 5-6yrs ago to house kids (up til the age of 18) that are convicted of serious crimes. There is
Thoughts While Reading
(just my opinions, others may disagree)

pg. 89 of 521
PROS: plot & the creepy and suspenseful aspects
CONS: though completely fictional,thought the way the main character was tried to be a little too dramatic and far fetched
- The judge laughed at him
- The jury laughed at him
- The judge was sarcastic and rude, to a 13 year old boy mind you, saying things like he wishes he could 'hang him for his crimes'
- Where the hell was this kid's attorney?
- The jury's decision only t
The writing is very descriptive up to the point of being tedious but that’s fine because the plot’s simple enough to follow: Alex is not a good kid. He is a bully and a thief. His life of petty crime changes once he is sent to the Furnace. Now consider the tag line:

Beneath Heaven is Hell. Beneath Hell is Furnace.

Scary? Yes? No? If this were one’s first foray into the world of YA horror/thriller (or whatever genre Lockdown can be classified under,) I definitely say yes. But is it sad that I d
You know, I'm going to add James Patterson's quote about Lockdown to the list of reasons why I really want to slap him sometimes. "Furnace will hook boys with it's gritty, unrelenting surprises." Really? Because girls can't enjoy a good horrific dystopian thriller.

Men. Honestly.

However, I do understand what he was saying. Because Furnace is divided up into men and women areas - I'm assuming, anyway - there's not one female character in the book. Understandably, it's harder to relate to, which is

Lockdown escape from furnace is an amazing thriller by Alexander Gordon Smith; I love this book so far. In this story a boy named Alex Sawyer and how he was framed for the murder of his best friend Toby.Alex is a complex individual he was a good kid until one day he stoled money from a kid his friends were bulling . After that day he felt consumed by guilt but motivated by greed. He is a teenager and considers himself a criminal.
All he had to do was "one last job." Toby
Ashley Arredondo
Have you ever been blamed for something you did not do and get a punishment ? Well Alex has and he has been sent to an underground juvenile prison for the rest of his life . This book is fantasy because in the juvenile there is dogs that are inside-out , there are also these creatures call wheezers that choose your last day on Earth , and weird guards that for some reason you can't look at their eyes . I like this book because it says that Alex can't take when a "gang" call the Skulls bully othe ...more
First thought: Oh, a cute little YA book about boys in a spooooooky prison.
Second thought: What?
Third thought: What?
Fourth thought: WHAT?!




Honestly, this isn't a full on horror book. It is YA; although it's very disturbing YA.

Ruth Turner

The beginning of this book dragged me in, and by page 37 (on my laptop) my stomach was tied in knots and I was thinking that this is gonna be one helluva read!

And so it was...until we entered Furnace. And then the wheels kind of fell off for me.

I loved the whole idea of Furnace, a privately owned maximum security penitentiary for young offenders, built underground, with no visitors, no parole and no way out. But it didn't live up to my expectations.

I found the "Blacksuits", the "Wheezers", the
cliffhanger ending, but good overall story of underground prison and several kids falsey accused; add in grotesque creatures and some blood, and it is on!
I read the book “Lockdown Escape From Furnace” by Alexander Gordon Smith. I thought this was an alright book. Some parts I thought could have been better. I liked how this book kept me wondering what would happen next.

This book started off as Alex worried about going to the furnace. Throughout this book Alex makes friends and they want to escape also. One of those friends was Donovan. He was the smartest one of the group. He was the one that knew how to survive and not get in trouble. Donovan t
Alex wasn't a criminal, he was framed; he watched someone wearing a terrifying gas mask murder his best friend right in front of him, and now he was being blamed for it. Prison isn't like it used to be since the Summer of Slaughter, and now, criminals are sent to the Furnace, one step bellow Hell.

Nobody realizes how bad the Furnace is when they first get there. The cell's are steel cages with small bunk beds and a toilet. Meals are the same slop that is liquefied food that has been rotting or d
Laura Lee Anderson
I made it to page 40.

I can't remember the last time I just put down a book because I couldn't take it any more! Oh wait- the 3rd (or 4th?) book in the Gone series. And for the same reason- there was no hope.

The first chapter gave me hope- it was an exciting chase scene. The monster was innovative. The chaos was fun to envision. But from there on... it did not deliver.

First of all, the protagonist didn't have much of a personality. I'm sure it will develop over time, but there weren't even glimp
Jane Lee
Ah, Goodreads recommendations, what would I ever do without you?

I was mulling over the recommendations page, searching for something exciting and just desperately unique when I came across this book, which is to say I heavily enjoyed it.

Plot holes and Smith's tendency to drive home plot points in advance aside, I found this book engrossing that I ate hurried meals in the hopes of getting back to where I left off. There are some facets of the book that leaves me with more questions and has encour
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When Alex gets framed for murder, he ends up in the furnace.
The furnace is a hellhole prison for youths, and if you end up there, you're there to the day you die.

This was an action packed book, and was full of creepy stuff.

The masked guards and fleshless dogs were really really creepy. They were written with so much detail that my heart did little flips whenever they made an appearance.

I really loved the characters. They were in such a horrible place, but they still kept on coming out with the
Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
One of the best boy books I've read so far. Alexander Gordon Smith claimed that the main character Alex Sawyer gets into danger at every turn, whereas some books never put the hero in harms way. But having read the book, I can say that Smith's claim is 100% true.
The premise of this book sounded unique and intriguing and I was gearing myself up for a creepy read. The book starts out with a glimpse of what is happening to our main character Alex as he's running from some demonic creature in the Furnace prison. We later get the story of how he got himself into this so called prison. It was quite disturbing to see that the society in the book didn't make prison a last resort but made kids go straight to prison when they did something wrong. The reason of th ...more
Jan 31, 2011 Ashley rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of The Maze Runner
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This book is one of the best boooks if ever read in the 6th grade to the 7th grade. This book just makes you want to make you read more and more. This book is between horror and mystery. Its bone chillling and full of fast pacing action.

THis book is about a teenage kid and he starts robbing hoses with his friend toby. They plot to robb a house which the owners are off in a vacation. They dont know this is a trap. They go in and they split up toby searches the living rooms and alex goes up stai
John Reinke
Lockdown is an amazing book. Alexander Gordon Smith does a great job of making sure that I understand what Alex is thinking, feeling, and sensing in his environment. The descriptions of the setting were so detailed, I felt like I was actually in the prison, following Alex's every step, from the slow walking to the chipping room, to the hurried jogging to the cafeteria, to the terrified running from the Skulls (one of the prison gangs) or the warden's dogs. In fact, Smith describes it so well, I' ...more
Emily WilowRaven
Wow. What a thrill ride! I first picked up Lockdown with the intention of reading only a few pages but before I knew it I had 1/3 of the book done. I was ripped into the story, throw around, and spit back out...and then I asked for more.

A Dystopian version of the not so distant future where intense violence committed by young offenders has pushed society to the extreme. Life imprisonment in Furnace. A prison built from the very earth. One way in and no way out.

Beneath Heaven is Hell. Beneath Hel
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Hayes aka Haute Librarian

The future has arrived, and teen gangs are ruling the streets. Due to major carnage during the "Summer of Slaughter," authorities have cracked down and opened Furnace Penitentiary, a prison set deep underground for the worst teen offenders, where they will never see the light of day again.

Alex Sawyer is sentenced to Furnace after being convicted of murdering his best friend, Toby. Alex says over and over again that he did not kill Toby, but his protests fall
Jack Manning
The Book Lock-down, written by Alexander Smith, was one of the best books I have read for the past year. It is a faced paced book with intense and frightening scenes. If you don't like thrill seeking and scary stories I highly disagree with you reading it. The story starts when Alex is explaining his criminal life of how he would steal from wealthy houses and they would make bank on every house they hit. On the last job he did before getting framed " Then the black shadow moved, sweeping downwar ...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)
  • 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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“Don't make the mistake of bringing your heart down here with you, there is no place for it in Furnace.” 55 likes
“When you're locked up in here for life, you learn to welcome the little freedoms.” 42 likes
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