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Death Sentence (Escape From Furnace #3)

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  4,257 ratings  ·  366 reviews
Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penetentiary has 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. ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published October 1st 2009)
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Paige  Bookdragon

What the actual fuck.

Death Sentence is the wild card in this series. This book is definitely a game changer.

If you're the type of person who is scared riding a roller coaster but wants to experience the thrill, then read this one. It's one hell of a ride.
Ugh. Maybe it's because it's nearing the end of the year and I'm behind on my GR goal, but my patience for reading books I'm not enjoying has dramatically decreased. I used to try to finish books no matter what, but I can't be bothered. If I'm over half way and still bored, I think it's time to give up. It helps that my boyfriend has read it and told me what happens, so it's not like I really don't know what goes on at the end of this book. It's just disappointing after a pretty good, enjoyable ...more
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
Cindy Newton
I dunno--this one just didn't captivate me as much as the previous two. We definitely find out more about what is going on and the origins of things in this book, but it just wasn't as gripping to me, and actually got repetitious at times. There's still plenty of action, including escapes from tight situations, life and death struggles, and psychological battles that Alex has to overcome with himself. Again . . . I dunno. Now that these operations they're doing on everyone are actually described ...more
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
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
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
While their first attempt for escape was completely botched, then the second got f*cked up, now there’s no escaping from what the warden has in mind for them.

Continuing the events from Solitary, after being caught with their second attempt for escape, Alex Sawyer was taken to be used for the warden's experiment, he was injected a substance that Alfred Furnace discovered and it consumed both his mind and body, but fortunately, our kid was able to fight it.

In this installment, it was explained how
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
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
As if things in Furnace couldn't get any worse.

The warden and his hidden experiments deep beneath the penitentiary have taken hold of Alex, forcing out any last remnants of his humanity. Alex is trapped inside his own body, a more horrendous form of imprisonment than the walls of Furnace. To see Alex get so far to only become something monstrous, is all around terrifying and horrific in its own right. To think that there could be worse things than being locked inside solitary. Only in Furnace c
Regino Leon
This book had the most action of all the books I have read in the series. “Death Sentence” was very different than the other because of the action. It took away from the usual sneaking around to epic fights and skirmishes. Overall, I enjoyed this book.

The book begins as Alex is trying to fight what the warden is doing to him and Alex is constantly having to try and remember his name. Halfway into the book, Alex sees his friends sneaking through the lab, but doesn't recognize them. They run away
Now that we're into the third book in the Escape From Furnace series, you wonder if Death Sentence makes up for how boring Solitary turned out to be. Not only does Death Sentence have to make up for Solitary but it also has to begin to set the tone for the rest of the series. Being a five book series means that Death Sentence is the absolute middle book and it's just as important that it delivers. If you couldn't tell by my bumping this book back into the five star category, Death Sentence most ...more
Brianna Kortesmaki
Personal Response:
The book “Death Sentence” was an ok book. It did take me much longer to read this one than it took me to read the first two books of the “Escape From Furnace” series. I feel like this book didn't have as much excitement or action as the other books did. Honestly I did go through parts of “Death Sentence” where I just skimmed the paragraph because I didn't find it that interesting.

In the book “Death Sentence” Alex undergoes the blacksuit procedure, while Simon, Zee, a
Austin Marker
The third book in the escape from the furnace series is "Death Sentence" by Alexander Gordon Smith. This book is a very well written book that will had me on the edge of my seat for the whole book. I really liked this book it had me staying up late at night to find out more that was happening to Alex Sawyer.

After Alex gets his hopes crushed and everything ruined he thought it couldn't get worse, but he was way wrong. Instead of having Alex die in the incinerator warden Cross took him out seconds
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
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
Jerin Austin
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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
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
This one is so intense! Alex finally gets the strength he needs to fight back, but it comes at a price. This book could be a bit of a drag in the beginning, because it is just Alex's voice in his head, and he's trying to fight the darkness and the pain but it eventually becomes too much. (view spoiler) ...more
Haley Nguyen
5 ROUND stars

Action-packed, terror-packed, bravery-packed, adrenaline-packed, dynamic-packed, heartbreak-packed, everythingthatconstitutesagreatbook-packed. Seriously, READ THIS SERIES, EVERYONE!!!

Jessica at Book Sake
Just like the other books in this series, it was amazing. The Escape From Furnace series has to be one of my favorite series of books. The plot of the book is well written and the characters are in depth. I actually felt emotion for some of the characters, which books rarely make me feel. This book is action packed and a little bit more violent and bloody than the others, but so much happens in this book. You never get bored of reading it. Even when there isn’t action and it’s him thinking, it’s ...more
Most of the chapters end in cliffhangers and that makes you want to read more. It has some ups and downs but it was an overall great book. The scariest part is your imagination and seeing what Alex and the other experiments look like.
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
Victoria Waddle
I read it.

It still has the appeal of the first two books, but it does have that middle of the series lag, at least at the beginning of the book. It’s not so much that Smith is trying to go over what’s in the first two books–thankfully, he doesn’t fall into that trap. (Start at the beginning of the series if you want to know, right?) But he does begin with lots of gory details about Alex becoming a ‘Black Suit.’ The depth of this description will have appeal to many readers–it may hook some guys
Gage D.
Gage Deiser
May 11, 2015
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Death Sentence
Death Sentence is the third book in the Escape from Furnace series. In the book, Alex has been sent to the infirmary after his second failed escape. There he is transformed into black suit and fights to keep his sanity. Then the warden makes Alex go through a series of tests to prove his allegiance. He ultimately kills one of his friends in one of the tests. Alex then begins to recover from the nectar and regains his sanity.
Then the
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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)
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“And if there's nothing left of you but darkness, how can you not become a monster?” 7 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
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