Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace, #3)” as Want to Read:
Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace, #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace #3)

4.29 of 5 stars 4.29  ·  rating details  ·  3,454 ratings  ·  297 reviews
Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penitentiary failed. This time, his punishment will be much worse than before. Because in the hidden, bloodstained laboratories beneath the prison, he will be made into a monster. As the warden pumps something evil into his veins--a sinisterly dark nectar--Alex becomes what he most fears . . . a superhuman minion of Furnace. Ho ...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 297 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Faber & Faber
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Death Sentence, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Death Sentence

Hush, Hush by Becca FitzpatrickCrescendo by Becca FitzpatrickThe Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen ChboskyBetween Shades of Gray by Ruta SepetysTorment by Lauren Kate
Books to Read if out of Options
41st out of 104 books — 54 voters
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J.K. RowlingThe Lightning Thief by Rick RiordanFarsighted by Emlyn ChandEragon by Christopher PaoliniBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Books Told From The Male Point of View
221st out of 456 books — 150 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 3,000)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Amy Jacobs
Just when I thought Alex had no hope or strength left inside of him, the author renewed my hope in this story. When we last saw Alex he was burning in the incinerator. He had been pulled from the flames by the Black Suits and taken to the lab -- a lab that holds even more evil than we have seen so far. The Warden has decided to make Alex into one of them. The Alex of old will be nothing but a memory and a new but stronger Alex will emerge.

I finally understood the meaning of remembering your nam
Baily Volpel
“Death Sentence” I thought was a great book. It is very suspenseful and the action never stops throughout the whole book. Alex is the main character in this book who, in the second book thinks he found a way to escape. As he was getting close to freedom, he and his friends were captured by the warden. After he was captured, the warden started experimenting on his body and filling him full of a fluid called ‘Nectar’ which is of the warden’s special design.

This book is about Alex who, with the hel
Death Sentence lost some of the momentum that was present in the previous books in the series. At times, it also seemed to be a bit too repetitive for my liking. I found I was forcing myself to pick it back up to continue reading, or I could only read a chapter or two at a time. It's not because it was a bad book, it was still good, but because it lacked something major that the previous two books had for me. The last half of the book did pick up the pace and upped the entertainment level enough ...more
Zach Hansen
The third book in the “Escape From Furnace” series is named, “Death Sentence.” Just the name itself is able to make anyone suspicious and wondering if this is the book where it all goes bad and Alex Sawyer and the rest don’t make it. The book follows the previous events where Alex, Zee, and Simon were trying to escape through the incinerator smoke duct. The Warden figured out their little plan and had turned on the incinerator in order to smoke them out. That’s when they realized they had all fa ...more
This series just gets grimmer and grimmer. Also, I was kinda hoping this was the conclusion to the series, but such is not the case. At this point, Alex has tried to escape, twice. This time he falls (literally) directly into the hands of the Warden and the blacksuits and is quickly taken off to be turned into one of the blacksuits. Here we get to see the "transformation" process as well as learn a bit about this history of Furnace Penitentiary. I don't really want to go too far into to it, but ...more
Jerin Austin
Jerin Austin
Mrs. Callies
English 9

Death sentence

The book death sentence written by Alexander Gordon smith is a book that bleeds pain and anguish from its pages. It is full blown thriller that is a perfect topping to an almost finished series and personally the best of the series at least so far. This series is a good series for anyone who likes books about war and death and the fight for your life; I’d recommend this book to everyone after they have read the first two books because without

Man it's getting hard to write reviews for these books because it will basically just consist of me throwing my love for it into your face.

This series is so awesome. I am so glad I found it.

Escape From Furnace would be best suited for you if you enjoy horror, scifi, and suspense. Everything is very descriptive and creative, most time in grotesques ways, but, ya know, that's the point of the series.

I think what I like about this book so much is
A. How different it is from the books out recently.
Escaping once was tricky, but escaping twice was a death wish. In the end of Solitary, the second book of the series, Alex, Zee, and Simon were climbing the incinerator trying to escape again when they fell. When Alex woke up, he discovered he was in the infirmary, and then noticed he was fitted with an IV of nectar. Soon, the warden would make him into a monster he never wanted to become. Alex went back and forth from operating room to infirmary bed. The first time he woke up from his first sur ...more
After reading the first book in this series I loved it so much that I ordered the next two from the UK, so I wouldn't have to wait to continie the series.
Death Sentence takes a turn away from the writing style usually featured in this series. However, as Alex's tale continues, I was thrilled to see the action pick up and carry on with Smith's usual writing flair.

In this third novel, we get more than a glimpse into the world of Blacksuits and the Warden Cross of Furnace Penitentiary. There is in
Kristin Lundgren
In this third installment in the Escape from Furnace series, our boy Alex has been caught at the end of the last book in his attempt to break-out of the ultra impenatrable fortress in the ground, called Furnace. Evil things and evil experiments lurk in these dark and dank levels below ground, unsanctioned by those above, although he was tried and convicted of a murder he never committed, so all is not well up "there." So alex is in the clutches of the evil warden again - this time he will be tur ...more
I am curious to see what happens in this series.

I just... I think it's being milked for all it's worth.

I love the concept of this series; it's entertaining, it makes your heart race. And the characters are fun to read about: you can't relate to their situation, or what they've done, but that's what makes it fun. You're getting into the head of somebody who you don't understand and caring about them and it's kind of awesome.

And the book was good. It wasn't too long; it had everything in it; it di
Kalixta  MoonRage
Well here we are book three , I just recenly found these books at the local library and I must say I want to go out and by em so I can keep those adventures close to me, these books are mind blowing and heart pounding , I cant wait to see what happens to Alex next , in fact I'm about to crack open the next one,, I read Alexanders "Writing Worksheet" at his website and am now writing (slowly but surely) a few stories that have been stuck in my mind but couldnt be put from thought to ink. the whol ...more
Grey Liliy
If you picked this up without reading the first two books in the series--please go do so now. This is pretty much a direct continuation of the first two and makes enough references that it pays off to have read the others first.

Now, for thoughts on this one:

We went from prison life in book one, to a sci-fi laboratory setting in book two, and now that we're on the third--it's an all out monster movie, baby. Monsters, fights, daddy-issues, and full blown riots.

Everything is amped up, and Alex is
Landon Davis
"Death Sentence" is one of my favorite books that I have read. This book is the third book in a five-book series. It was published in 2009, so it is fairly recent. In this review I will address the author's purpose, theme, style, and my overall opinion of this book.
The theme of this book isn't obvious. I think it's really up to the reader's interpretation. One of the key quotes in this book is, "Don't forget your name". The protagonist and narrator, Alex, faces choosing between good and evil.
Desiree Roe
Alex, Zee, and Simon tried to escape at the end of Solitary, but were captured by the warden and brought to the Infirmary, where the warden turns boys into Blacksuits. The warden is furious that Alex was able to break free not once, but twice. Now the warden is going to have him turned into a Blacksuit, undergoing the mysterious surgical procedures that will turn him into a powerful creature of Furnace. Of course, there is also the risk that Alex won’t survive the procedure. Alex is injected wit ...more
Chase Hooper
Each book gets far more horrid and scary, but that's just what guys want. This book is only recommended for the action and suspense seakers. Most girls would not care for this book, but if so, get ready for a necromantic adventure. In the third book Alex "changes" from what he use to be. No longer human, but a demonic evil slave of the Warden and the Pandemonic, monstrous "jail" called Furnace. Thankfully Alex is able to remember his name and can use his powers for good. I really liked the part ...more
Darynda Jones
I won this on Goodreads and though I hadn't read the first two in the series, I will definitely rectify that. I really liked it. As a writer, I HATE rating other books, but this is one I can honestly recommend if you like dark fiction, which I do. I thought Smith did a fantastic job of luring the reader into the story. It was easy to fill in the pieces I didn't know having not read the first two and that is good. Each book in a series should be able to stand alone, and this one does a fine job o ...more
Aidan Conley
I enjoyed reading Alexander Gordon Smith's "Death Sentence". Death Sentence is the third installment of the Escape from Furnace series. There is five books so I want to finish the story and read the last two. I haven't read the second one sadly. In the third book, Alex is still trying to escape from Furnace Penitentiary and in the previous book, he tries and is punished and in this book his punishment is getting injected with the 'nectar" which is a juice the warden uses to kill you from the ins ...more
Deron Elias
Nov 19, 2014 Deron Elias is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Death sentence Escape from furnace 3 written by Alexander Gordon Smith is an action/adventure novel about the main character Alex sawyer. Who was fatally burnt inside the incinerator, trying to escape after he was pulled from the flames, the warden experimented on him and made him stronger and the warden tried to make him forget his past and control his mind, turn him into one of his black suit but he was immune to the nectar that was suppose to control them now he must escape before they can k ...more
Jesus Baland
Escape from furnace was an amazing but thrilling book that had me on the end of my seat excitement. I felt like that every page I turned there was more thrill with the words that the author used in the book to describe the pain that Alex the main character went through. The message of the story in my opinion was to charish friends and family because of what happened while Alex lived another life in death sentence, so when you read this book all you need to remember is your own name. Alex Sawyer ...more
Nicola Fantom
It was a while ago since I read the 1st 2 books in this series so I can't write a review on those, however I've been meaning to carry on with this series. Its a good sign I think if you want to carry on reading a series, as I won't carry on with a series if it isn't that great.

I found the concept of this series such a unique setting and having read the 3rd book now it all makes sense and is certainly not a silly or far fetched imagining. Think Nazi war criminals, think secret mind control and su
Gabriel Hall
In the story a boy named Alex has been caught fortress in the ground, called Furnace. Terrible things and evil experiments come in these dark and dank levels below ground. Although he was tried and convicted of a murder he never committed. All things end up going bad. Alex is in the clutches of the evil warden again. This time he will be turned into soulless blacks suits called “warden's soldiers”. He starts undergoing treatments that change his body physically and psychological torture aimed at ...more
Kole Ravenscroft

Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith is another book of the Lockdown series. I find it to be a great book; and there are a lot of suspense and cliffhangers. I really like the abominations that furnace creates and how Alex has to defeat them. Even when his back is to the wall he keeps fighting on.

The book starts out with Alex in the infirmary in the depths of Furnace. He’s in a dream about Nazis shackled up; screaming and vibrating. He wakes up to find him in a bed tied up. Alex gets taken by
Grace S.
The good: Upping the stakes. I felt after Solitary that the series needed to stop treading water and take a step forward, one way or another. Death Sentence took several steps forward. (view spoiler), to name the biggies. And most of these were pretty solid (read on for what wasn't). I'm still really enjoying the aesthetic and pacing of the series, especially as a macho-counterpoint to a genre full of oh-so-rebellious- ...more
Karline05 Un brin de lecture
Un troisième opus qui répond parfaitement à mes attentes. Aussi sombre, brutal et assez malsain que je l'espérais, l'auteur ne nous épargne rien et c'est tant mieux. Alex est un héros auquel on était déjà mais l'épreuve qu'il subit ici le rend encore plus attachant en parvenant à conserver une humanité essentielle malgré la noirceur ambiante. On a d'énormes révélations sur les responsables de la Fournaise qui fait encore plus froid dans le dos. Le final est génial, il tient en haleine et laisse ...more
Angelica Castillo
Alex and his friends were captured by the warden again after their failed escape. This time, the warden will not show any mercy - he will turn them into blacksuits or kill them if the process won't work. Blacksuits are the warden's powerful and invincible soldiers who do not remember anything, which meant that they could kill anyone mercilessly. The warden has turned Alex into a blacksuit... but Alex remembers who he is and what Furnace has done to him and his friends.

Like Solitary, Death Senten
Alissa O'neal
Wow. This is a book to remember. I know it took me like 2 weeks to read, but damn was this book a heart pounding, page turning thriller. I loved it. I noticed that Alex changed in this book. He became a completely different person. He had strength where no one else could problary find it. I think I have a crush on him. In this book, Alex becomes a blacksuit. A monster. But not completley. We are reintroduced to Simon, a boy just like Alex. There's heartbreak, laughter and I love how Donovan is m ...more
4.5 stars

Plot- 9.5/10
Characters- 8.5/10
Writing- 9/10
World Building- 9/10

TOTAL- 9.1/10

Quickie Review- Wow. I completely blew through this book. After finishing Lockdown and Solitary a few weeks ago, I took some time off the series to dive into The Dwellers series by David Estes. I picked this up at the library, and I was really looking forward to it. It didn't take me long to get right back into the fantastic story that Smith has created. The plot was so fast and thrilling. There were not many br
In the third book of the series and things take a really dark turn but at least there's some light at the end of the tunnel, although with two more books to go, who knows how long that is going to last.

At long last we get to find out the history behind the Furnace and the darkness that lies at it's heart. Unfortunately, for our hero Alex, he finds out first hand, just how the guards are made.

Sure there's violence, and there's gore, but there's also a brilliant story of friendship and for fighti
Desiree Zempel
Alex, Zee, and Simon tried to escape at the end of Solitary, but were captured by the warden and brought to the Infirmary, where the warden turns boys into Blacksuits. The warden is furious that Alex was able to break free not once, but twice. Now the warden is going to have him turned into a Blacksuit, undergoing the mysterious surgical procedures that will turn him into a powerful creature of Furnace. Of course, there is also the risk that Alex won’t survive the procedure. Alex is injected wit ...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 99 100 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
If the Furnace was real 4 11 Apr 30, 2014 04:37PM  
Who would you use the power of the nectar? 2 12 Jun 08, 2013 10:00PM  
  • The Dead (The Enemy #2)
  • Bloody Horowitz
  • Dust and Decay (Benny Imura, #2)
  • Passenger (The Marbury Lens, #2)
  • The Thin Executioner
  • Origins (Truancy, #0)
  • Cherry Heaven
  • Alienation (C.H.A.O.S., #2)
  • Feedback (Variant, #2)
  • The Island (The Line, #3)
  • Rage (Riders of the Apocalypse, #2)
  • 1.4 (Point 4, #2)
  • Rip Tide (Dark Life, #2)
  • Drop Zone (Drop Zone #1)
  • Rage Within (Dark Inside, #2)
  • Stronger: A Super Human Clash (The New Heroes/Quantum Prophecy, #6)
  • The Legacy (The Declaration, #3)
  • Nicholas Dane
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
More about Alexander Gordon Smith...
Lockdown (Escape From Furnace, #1) Solitary (Escape From Furnace, #2) Fugitives (Escape From Furnace, #4) Execution (Escape From Furnace, #5) The Fury (The Fury, #1)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »

“And if there's nothing left of you but darkness, how can you not become a monster?” 5 likes
“The Wookiee gambit.' he said with a smile. I didn't have a clue what he was talking about, but somewhere in my head a distant memory was forming. He raised an eyebrow. 'Christ, Alex, what have they done to your brain? You don't remember Star Wars?” 2 likes
More quotes…