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Solitary (Escape from Furnace #2)

4.16  ·  Rating Details  ·  5,728 Ratings  ·  618 Reviews
Alex Sawyer and his mates should have known there was no way out of Furnace Penitentiary. Their escape attempt only lands them deeper in the guts of this prison for young offenders, and then into solitary confinement. And that's where a whole new struggle begins—a struggle not to let the hellish conditions overwhelm them. Because before another escape attempt is even possi ...more
ebook, 187 pages
Published December 21st 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published July 2nd 2009)
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Paige  Bookdragon

This book will mess your mind and emotions.

This little shit is amazing and Smith is a genius for giving you one hell of a roller coaster ride. The suspense never ends in this book and you can't help but hold your breath every now and then because the author wants you dead.

Wait no, sorry that's wrong.

He just wants you to have some difficulty in breathing.

Solitary is the second book in the Escape from Furnace series and if you want a fast-paced book that causes emotional and mental destruction,
Vane J.
Feb 29, 2016 Vane J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, young-adult, 2016
I'm gonna tell you something: I am not easily scared with books.

... And yet, this book kept me afraid all the time. Because now I finally imagined myself in the characters' place, trapped in a prison for a crime I didn't commit knowing I'll probably die in there.

Just like the first one, this book is incredibly fast-paced. The action never ends, and the thrill just increases with every passing moment. Add to that the fact that each minute the characters have to face yet more horrible things that
Jun 26, 2012 Brandi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

This second installment was just as thrilling as the first, and even went deeper into the creepy than Lockdown did! I devoured this book in one sitting, and the only thing stopping me from tearing into the third is ability to get it right now. I had a pretty lengthy review for Lockdown that can be seen here and most of what I said still applies.

One thing that I was bothered by in this book though was the switching of terms (slang?). Sometimes I would be jarred from the story because of
Emily May
This series just plays on all my deepest, darkest fears.

There's the fear of being framed for a crime I didn't commit, of telling the truth and having no one believe me. There's the fear of the supernatural - of things that come and get you after dark. Of friends being taken and changed into something unrecognizable and horrifying.

But with this second installment, there is also a new fear. A claustrophobia caused by being locked in a tiny, dark space. Shut away without companions or even light. L
Sep 25, 2014 Brittany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series is blowing my mind. It is intense and extremely engaging. Solitary is more of a psychological journey with slightly less action than the first book, Lockdown, but definitely still as gratifying.

We are introduced to new characters in Solitary and learn more about the secrets hidden in the depths of Furnace. While we catch glimpses at these new characters, Alex learns a lot about his self and has to fight many personal demons. His mind is pushed to it's limits, showing him he was just
Cindy Newton
This is the second installment in the series Escape From Furnace, and the hair-raising adventures continue. The book begins where the first left off--the boys have been recaptured after their first failed escape attempt. Keeping their hope alive is how much further they got than anyone expected or dreamed possible. Alex and Zee are thrown into solitary for a month, a length of time that no one has served under those circumstances without going mad. The two boys find ways to maintain their sanity ...more
هومممم.....نميدونم ميتونم اينجوري بكم يا نه ولي چقدر اعصاب خورد كنه اين!!!!!
اعصاب خورد كن خوب،اعصاب خورد كن خفن
جدا از اينكه پلات داستان واقعا پيشرفت كرد تو اين كتاب، وحشت بيشتري هم داشت
نه از اون وحشت هايي كه كابوس بياره و اينه
يه وحشتي كه وقتي بهش فكر ميكنم دل و رودم به هم ميريزه
دلم براي كوردن اسميت ميسوزه
چطوري فرنس رو خلق كرده؟!؟!يه همچين چيز وحشتناكي،حتي نبايد بهش فكر كرد چه برسه به اينكه كتابشم بنويسي
و اينكه اون شجاعت نفرين شده ي نويسنده هنوز باقيست و من قلبم و مغزم الان اب لمبو شده ان
Ivie ✩Born to Magic-Forced to Muggle✩
I have to be honest, I've been on a bit of a binge. I inhaled “Lockdown” and “Solitary” in one day.

It has left me on a downer, though. Smith writes such brilliantly gritty stuff, that I know that the chances of seeing Furnace in any other format except written are slim to none at best. I mean there is so much high quality entertainment in books that slowly trough past few years TV kind of lost it's meaning. Truth be told, it never offered much anyway, but I lost the taste for the watered down Ho
Jul 22, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solitary is the second installment of Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith.

Alex Sawyer failed in his attempt for escape and other than that he was put in solitary confinement, he faces much greater horrors hidden in Furnace's belly. He will meet some unlikely companions, and together they will plan again another strategy for escape.

This volume has so much grittiness in it. I've read worse, but not in young-adult fiction, and this kind of gore is my thing so I definitely enjoyed it. Bein
I think I just died a little inside.

This is the second book in the Escape from Furnace series (one of my favourites may I add) in which our protagonist Alex, after accused of murdering his best friend, is convicted and sentenced to life in Furnace prison - basically, as close to Hell as you can go. This series features mainly his desperate desire to escape.

I feel so gullible. At the end of the first book when he found the river to escape in I LITERALLY thought he would make it. Again,
Jan 06, 2010 Michelle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michelle by: Book Smugglers
Shelves: ya, dystopian, 2009, own
After putting down Furnace: Lockdown - which effectively stopped right on a monumentally massive cliff-hanger ending - wondering if Alex Sawyer actually, really and truly escaped from the underground prison Furnace, I simply took a deep breath, cracked open Solitary and plowed on ahead. You see, Alex has witnessed horror upon horror during his stay in Furnace and just when the possiblity of escape is dangled right in front of him, he's brought back to grim reality by the evil Warden and his soul ...more
Suren Hakobyan
Feb 06, 2015 Suren Hakobyan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Boring. Sometimes I could skip one or two pages of reading and then I knew I didn't miss anything. Being locked in a hole, the author makes you to feel everything Alex feels in darkness, but the real actions are very slow. In whole book Alex does only two real tries to escape. And he almost does it.
Nathan Togstad
Personal response: Solitary was the second book to the exciting series by Alexander Gordon Smith. The book was full of action like I expected, but it was not as exciting as the first. I thought that this one was going to be better than the first but most of it was just Alex sitting in a cell. If the next book in the series gets worse, I would probably stop reading them. Although the book was not as exciting as the first, it shows a lot more of who Alex is. It lets you get to know him a lot bette ...more
Brianna Kortesmaki
Personal Response:

I really liked this book. It was a thriller, mystery, and it was intense. I never got bored and had to force myself to keep reading. It was a pretty easy read as well.


"Solitary" is the second book to the series "Escape From Furnace". Alex and Zee got caught trying to escape from The Furnace. The warden put them both in the hole for their first part of their punishment. The hole is a very small cell that is underground with a door on top that can only be opened from the
Jennifer Wardrip
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Sentenced to life without parole in the hellish prison known as Furnace, Alex has come to know the horrors the prison holds - the black suits with their shark-like grins, the wheezers and their gas masks, the dull red wash of the bloodwatch light.

However, Alex attempted the impossible. He tried to escape.

In this sequel to LOCKDOWN, Alex's jump for freedom into the raging underground river takes him to a new gallery of terrors.

Alex must fa
Jun 12, 2015 Frank rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I picked up the first book in this series about a year ago, looking for something different, as I read YA from time to time.
The first book was a departure from most of the YA fare, being gritty and dark. The setting of the prison, ranks as harsh an environment that you find in literature.
This second book picks up immediately after the end of book one, with our main characters in the midst of an escape. Not to continue here to spoil anything.
We meet some new characters, and revisit and find out
Steven Báthory
Apr 17, 2016 Steven Báthory rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ce second tome se révèle aussi riche et percutant que son prédécesseur mais d’une manière différente. Même si l’action reste omniprésente et l’univers d’un étouffement extrême, c’est la psychologie d’Alex qui est avant tout mise en avant dans cet épisode.

En effet nous pensions retrouver notre héros et ses compagnons libres, après avoir réussi à déjouer le piège mortel qu’est la Fournaise, sauf que rien ne se déroule facilement en ce lieu. Ils se retrouveront plus encore enterrés et emmurés qu’il
Feb 16, 2016 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As soon as reality breaks, as soon as we are separated from the physical world, the cracks begin to appear in our minds. And through them seeps the madness that has always been there, flowing into your skull like a liquid nightmare.

Boy, I missed these characters. I missed the world even more. Crazy, right? I mean, Lockdown Penitentiary is one of the scariest settings I've ever read. There's Wheezers (even scarier than they sound), flesh-eating dogs, and the fear that you'll be ripped from yo
“Solitary-Lockdown Series” The story begins with Alex, Zee, and Gary barely making it out alive into what they thought was a opening in the rock to freedom. It was actually a whole new beginning of hell. The boys are trying to escape so hard, but what they don't realize is that the warden is always close by.

The main characters in the story are Alex, Zee, and Gary. They all have one thing in common--escape. Alex is more of the brains of the operation. Zee comes in second as th
Oct 21, 2014 Connor rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-author
SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This book ended differently than I expected. I thought after Alex jumped into the river, he would have been searching the caves for an exit while avoiding the dogs that where following them, but Instead the warden finds them and puts Gary in the infirmary to be turned into a blacksuit, and Zee and Alex into the hole for a month. After a little, Zee ...more
Jared Shilts
Jan 14, 2016 Jared Shilts rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Regino Leon
Mar 17, 2015 Regino Leon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was really excited to find out what had happened to Alex and the others. I loved it. I liked how most of the beginning of the book was a lot of mysteries. Near the end of the book you still have so many questions, and that's what I like about this series.

“Solitary” is the sequel to “Lockdown” where Alex Sawyer discovers the secrets under Furnace. It all begins with the same group going into the river and wandering the caves. They get caught by the warden and are put in a coffin in the ground b
Dec 15, 2014 Tyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Plot - Like the previous book, this one is pretty action-packed, which I liked. I also liked that the author did not shy away from killing off certain characters – although it was sad, I think it emphasizes the dangers of Alex’s situation. At the end of Lockdown, Alex and some of the other boys serving sentences in Furnace had devised an escape plan. This book picks up right where the first left off, with the boys attempting to break free from Furnace Penitentiary and the warden. Although some o ...more
Zach Hansen
Mar 17, 2014 Zach Hansen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second book in the “Escape From Furnace” series, written by, Alexander Gordon Smith, is yet another suspensefully, attention grabbing book, “Solitary.” After Alex, Zee, Toby, and Gary blast their way through the ground of the forbidden tunnel, and kill Monty and Moleface, the four boys jumped into the hole and right below them was a cold, dark river. After the explosion and cave-in, Toby was hurt very badly but did not care in the slightest. He simply wanted to get out of that prison for goo ...more
Brayden Marker
Oct 29, 2015 Brayden Marker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Solitary is the second book in the Escape From Furnace pentalogy. The second book in a series is always the most dangerous one because the author has to top what they wrote in the first book all while trying to pique the reader's interest enough to continue the series. Once a reader gets past the second book they're very likely to continue reading the entire series, no matter if they think the quality of the books start declining. So we'll see if Alexander Gordon Smith delivered well on Solitary ...more
Dec 07, 2015 Quinn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a good book but the first was better. This book was all about escaping the prison, and it stuck to the story line, but it was dragged out and it wasn't as good as i thought it would be. I would recommend this series to someone as i thought that up till the end of this book it was a series to read.
Apr 28, 2016 Logan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: Solitary: Escape From Furnace was a fairly quick read. However, it was full of action and suspense. Alex left his cell in solitary confinement many times, every time risking his life. There were numerous events that made me hold my breath and fear for Alex’s life. When he first entered solitary confinement, I thought for sure he was not going to last long. I believe my prediction would have been right if not for Simon. He gave Alex hope, and I think that was the only thing tha ...more
Levi Greening
Dec 17, 2015 Levi Greening rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

I really enjoyed reading the book Solitary Escape from Furnace. The reason I liked it so much was because of the first book in the series. It is gripping and fast paced. I liked how it always made you keep your attention to the book. Never putting it down was hard. I liked how it dealt a lot with adventure and never knowing what is going to happen when you turn the next page. I really enjoyed this book.


The book starts from when the last book Furnace left off. Alex jumps in
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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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“The human mind is a powerful thing in many ways, but in others it's endlessly fragile—it takes only a single moment of pure terror to tear a hole in it, like a finger through a cobweb, leaving you forever just a shadow, a half-person.” 44 likes
“When you're scared - and I mean really scared, not just hearing a noise in the night, or standing toe to toe with someone twice your size who wants to pound you into the earth - it feels as if you're being injected with darkness. It's like black water as cold as ice settling in your body where your blood and marrow used to be, pushing every other feeling out as it fills you from your feet to your scalp. It leaves you with nothing.” 26 likes
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