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(Escape from Furnace #5)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  3,698 ratings  ·  371 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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Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This book was a very good end to the Furnace series. It is about how Alex has to beat Alfred Furnace and stop the strangers creations from wiping out all of humanity. But Alfred Furnace sees something in Alex. Alex reminds him of his young self and therefore he wants him to be the new carrier of the strangers blood which allows you to control the monsters. Alex almost turns but finds himself and ends the war and comes out a hero.
Brittany Butler
Jun 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
When the time comes to wrap up a story, Alexander Gordon Smith usually delivers. Every Escape from Furnace book, though the first three in particular, brings readers tantalizingly near the sweet freedom we crave ever since Alex Sawyer is framed for the murder of his best friend and sentenced to Furnace Penitentiary, stowed more than a mile underground where no inmate has a realistic chance of seeing daylight ever again. It's tense and claustrophobic, and many kids sent there crack under the pres ...more
May 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have truly enjoyed this series, immensely! I have seen every word, phrase, paragraph, every action, every character and every location all very CLEARLY in my mind when reading these freakin' awesome books. I am in love with this author now.

This book was the ending to our adventure or rather misadventures and horrors with Alex and the Furnace Penitentiary, along with its monsters and horrid occurrences. One day I could see this series making it to the big-screen. I would love to beg people to
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.

Plot holes:
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Aug 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Aidan Hall
May 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
I am free

And oddly enough this conclusion has left no loose ends. Nothing to make me cling on the story and worry about its conclusion.

It also didn't hurt that a lot of people died. So that tied up a lot of ends....

This series was such a ride. So many times when the coaster just kept going down, as the situations just got progressively worse of the characters.

But there were also times of comic relief, which really helped the alleviate the constant "they are all going to die soon" vibe.

The fou
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
WOW! What a ride!! I haven’t had this much fun with a series in a while. I’m sad it’s over but happy with the ending. The ending was perfect. Such a great series! You won’t be disappointed!

Once I have some extra cash I’m buying this series so I’ll have it in my library.
We have finally reached the conclusion of Escape From Furnace and what a wild ride it's been. From blacksuits, mutant dogs, wheezers, and the warden, to murderous gangs, berserkers, and rats, we've made it to the end. Since this is the last book in the series this review will be a mix of me reviewing the series as a whole and of Execution.

In the final installment of Escape From Furnace, we follow Alex, Simon, Lucy, and Zee as they seek to destroy the monster who started this all; Alfred Furnace.
Kaleb Schoenick
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:

The book that I read was Execution the final book in the Escape From The Furnaces series. I was really excited to read the final book, knowing how long the journey was to get to this point. Each of the characters have grown in their own way. Each character has a unique personality that enhances the story. The book answers a lot of the questions I had from the previous books. I especially like the way the author tied the books together at the end with a callback to the previous
Blake Palmer
May 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the fifth book in the escape from furnace series. This one starts with alex turning into a complete monster with his mind snapping. luckily Alex's friend save him and he becomes himself. later on in the book alex finds out that he can control berserkers which he uses to his advantage by using them to track down and murder Furnace. The book ends sadly in my opinion because Alex's friend Simon dies which was my favorite character who was still alive.
Carter Dittmann
Personal Response: I thought the book, Execution , by Alexander Smith, was a very good book. I really enjoy reading this series of books because of all the foreshadowing that takes place in all the books. When something good is happening in the story, it seems like it is going to get better. Most of the time it takes a turn for the worst and usually at the wrong time. Alex always manages a way to slip out of every bump in the road ahead of them.

Plot Summary: Alex wants to become the almighty, t
Cody Becker
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal response:
I really loved this book, because it was a really good ending to the series. I think I really liked the book, because I love books about guns and war. I thought this book was a very interesting read, and I was able to keep me wanting to read more.

Alex is kidnapped by the army and put in a hospital to have tests be done. He passed out from them taking his blood and realized that he might die. Alex escapes from the hospital because he realizes they did not really care if h
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Execution" is the final book in the "Escape the Furnace" series. All of the books tie together very nicely and make sense. They kept me interested, and not many books can do that. Alex is a very easy character to relate to in the sense that he has some problems with his life, but he tries to get over them.

The story started off in present day America, in a small town outskirting a city. It then moved its way down the Eastern Coast. After the coast, the group goes to a mansion on a small island.
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Personal response- I enjoyed this book very much it was an excellent closing to the series. there is a lot of imagery used throughout this book and it made it seem as if I was in the action and I enjoyed that.

Plot -Alex is brought by the army, along with Zee, Simon, and Lucy, to St. Margaret's hospital where he, Simon and other Furnace creatures are studied by Panettierre and others while the plague's spreading through and out of the country. During the experiments, Alex drifts in and out of sle
Lori Anderson
I have no idea how I ended up with this book, but the entire series fascinated me.
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response

This book was amazing. I liked how much action was packed into the plot by the author. I also like the suspense that is on every single page. My favorite part is the last chapter because it lets me know that Alex finally gets closure. I usually do not like science-fiction books but this one was very good.


The book takes place in a war-torn England. After the release of the nectar, Furnace's creations have slaughtered millions of people across the country. The nectar is spread
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Execution was about Alex, a prisoner from Furnace that turned into Alfred Furnace’s freak reincarnation in the last book. He began this book with the mindset of Alfred Furnace, the antagonist character in this series, who hated the weak and wanted to build a new land with all strong men. Alex, a weak kid who hated Alfred, had battled through so many “adventures” trying to find Furnace to kill him. He started out the book by telling the readers that he has become evil and that Alex Sawyer is
Dec 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response:
I gave this book a four out of five stars. This was a really good book and probably my favorite out of the series. It had a lot of twists in it that kept me reading. I really enjoyed this series and would read it again.

Alex was a fugitive from the Furnace who killed the Warden. He was brought to a hospital/military base for testing after the Furnace breakout. He met a doctor named Panettiere who almost killed him with all the tests she did on him. When she made him face a
Kassi Tews
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Kaitlin Yu
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

WOW. In all honesty this book made me want to 1.) kill myself and 2.) take over the world... I was in love very happy with this book.

This book also made me want to tear it to pieces and then hug it at the same time.

Spoilers possibly but not that much

So, there were some little annoying things in this book, and I'm going to say it first so you can be annoyed at me, and then you read the good part and you feel extremely happy! Yay.

I didn't like how sometimes Alex changed emotions so quickly. Like
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Alex Sawyer is a hero. Not only to his mates and the world within the Furnace series, but he's a hero to us, as well. He not only saved himself, his friends, and the fate of humanity, he saved us all when he reminded us that our names, our very souls, carry more weight than any amount of power ever will. Our names define us, define who we are, what our souls are made from. It matters more than a label, more than matching a word to go along with the face. A name means everything because it makes ...more
Yusuf Genc
Aug 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dominic Nhan
Sep 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Escape from Furnace: Execution
Written By: Alexander Gordon Smith
Book Reviewed By: Dominic Nhan

I honestly love this book, this is the 5th installment to the first book called Lockdown of the series Escape from Furnace. I liked this book because it had so many sneak attacks and horrifying details that you would have never guessed. It also was a great thriller.

The main setting is a place called furnace which is underground. It captures humans and which the takers would be monsters.The monsters a
Zach Hansen
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fifth and final installation of the “Escape From Furnace” series which is the book called, “Execution” by Alexander Gordon Smith, is an attention grabbing novel that keeps you holding on tight throughout the whole book. It starts off where Alex and Simon had just had their encounter with the Warden, and Alex was being lifted off the roof of the building by helicopter to a nearby military base. There he met a doctor named Panettiere who was a Colonel in the military. He was contacted by Furn ...more
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I think that this is by far the best book in the series. The way that it always kept me on my toes wanting to know what's next makes me just keep reading. It is packed full of action and at times can be very irritating. It also has its share of sad moments when a character you get really attached to dies.

This book starts out with a kid named Alex Sawyer being captured after killing the warden. Alex was brought to a military base that used to be a hospital. The hospital sto
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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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