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Death Sentence

(Escape from Furnace #3)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  6,305 ratings  ·  529 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, 297 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Farrar Straus Giroux (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.
Melissa **Just Really Loves Musicals**
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
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
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
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Death Sentence is the third book in the five part Furnace series. To catch you up quickly, the Furnace series takes place in a below-ground youth prison in Australia in which a warped warden conducts experiments on the boys. While the books have always strayed slightly into the sci-fi realm, this book firmly sets up camp in sci-fi, and I would even go as far as to say the biopunk realm.

I really enjoyed these books. The Audible narrator is fantastic and nails the voices, accents, and urgency of
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this more than the first. This has never happened before.


Truth be told, I was starting to like the characters a lot more. The main three from book one, anyways.

Escape attempt number 1: Down the river FAILED
Escape attempt number 2: Up the chimney FAILED

Will they try again. Of course, assuming Alex can survive becoming a black suit.

So this book goes even further and the horrors a little lot more gruesome. In fact, a good portion of the novel, I sat reading, while repeatedly saying N
Dwayne Portwine
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love it so much!
May 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
What a massive wild ride. My eyes hurt from reading the words so fast, my fingers hurt from turning the pages so quickly, my mind hurts from the unbelievable story this book threw at me. Yes, this is book 3. When I thought the horror couldn't get any worse, this was the best most awesome horror read ever. This has got to be the best horror series EVER!! Addictive, totally adrenaline pumping. Reading this book was like being on a treadmill on high speed with the inability of never being able to s ...more
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
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Welp... first escape attempt failed. The second one too. Now the warden is pissed, and is going to do the unthinkable to my characters...dickhead.

This was a great book, just as awesome as the first two. I really like the author’s style of writing. I got to see more of the history of Furnace Penitentiary which was cool! I really like this series!
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
Baily Volpel
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“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
Aaron Batten
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response: I really liked this book because it kept me guessing what was going to happen next. It was a great horror story with a little mystery too. I was only given as much information as the main character. This really left the reader with a lot of questions about what was really going on in Furnace. The biggest mystery that was presented in this book was the existence of Alfred Furnace and what his plans were.

Plot: This book was about a teenager named Alex Smith. He was locked in Fur
Jan 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Personal Response

This book was amazing. My opinion was that this book was far better than the previous two. The plot of this book keeps the reader on the edge of their seat. I especially liked the constant action throughout the book because there was never a dull spot to get bored at. I thought that this book deserved the five stars easily.


Alex is very unaware of what is going on around him. Alex is severely injured after falling from the walls of the smoke stack and into the flames below.
Zach Hansen
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“And if there's nothing left of you but darkness, how can you not become a monster?”
After Alex, Simon, and Zee failed in their second attempt to escape Furnace Penitentiary, Readers are left wondering what will become of them now they're in the Warden's evil clutches. Author Alexander Gordon Smith delivers another riveting entry to his Escape From Furnace series with Death Sentence. In this novel, Alex has been captured following his failed escape up the chimney and discovers firsthand the sec
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
Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: escape-books, 7dla
I loved this book because it gives us more detail than the other ones just paint a picture in our head but this one makes those pictures come to life. Unlike the other ones Alex finally gets out of the prison but since he was turned into a black suit, he might die on the outside because he needs the nectar. The only reason he is still alive is because of Bodie, Zee, Simon, and Donavan without them he would be in a place worse than death itself.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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I really like the book Death Sentence by Alexander Gordon Smith. It feeds on the motif of giving the reader a lot of hope that Alex is going to find a way out, but there is always something holding him back. Finally, in this book he finds a way out. I like how the author describes how Alex is thinking, and the way that his mindset starts to change from the nectar. I also like how the nectar is described; however when it is looked into more, there are still so many more questio
Cian Fischer
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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I really enjoyed this book because it was action-packed. I also liked other aspects of it such as when it finally brought light to why some of the things in the other books happened. The other thing I liked about this book was its use of another viewpoint of the story by making Alex, a Blacksuit, who doesn’t see the harm in what he’s doing. The only part I really didn’t like about this book was some of the graphicness that the novel portrayed.

At the beginning of Death Sent
Cody Becker
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Personal response:

I really liked this book because it had a lot of fighting scenes. I also really liked this book because it was a very good and interesting read. I loved reading this book, because it had a lot of details and kept me wanting to read more.


The book started with Alex getting dark nectar pumped into his veins. Then he was put to some tests and failed the first one. So the Warden put more nectar in Alex, and he was put through more tests when he woke up. He passed several test
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Personal response:
I really liked this book because it flowed together very well. I liked how Alex fought the nectar even though the warden said he couldn’t. Also, I liked how Alex, Zee, and Simon worked together to get out of the prison.

In the beginning of this book, Alex was being carried into the infirmary. Right before he was being carried away, he was trying to climb up the chimney to escape furnace. When Alex had fallen asleep, the wheezers had operated on him. They first gave him his
Collin baehnman
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Carter Dittmann
Personal Response: I like Death Sentence because the book is very interesting to me. There were mind altering things that happened throughout the story that caught my interest and I wanted to keep reading. Obviously, some of the things that happen in this particular part of the series can never happen, but it sure would be something to imagine having power whenever it is needed. It really shows how people can overcome anything when they have their minds to it and stay focused on their own thin ...more
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
Evan Lord
Dec 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Alex could feel the fresh breeze, he was almost free from the Furnace and from the wrath of The Warden but he was caught. This time his punishment will be far more severe and uncomparable to his time spend in the hole. He will be turned into a monster, a blacksuit by the hands of the wheezers in the hidden laboratories underneath the Furnace. As the Warden pumps an evil substance into his veins Alex becomes what he has feared most; one of them. Will Alex survive? How will he escape the darkness ...more
Justin Wachs
Personal Response
I liked this book because I enjoy books about jailbreak. It was an action-packed book. I will read the next book.

Alex and Zee are trying to be turned into black suits. Alex is almost completely converted but his final test is to kill Zee who is immune to the nectar. When Alex goes to kill Zee, Alex remembers his name and is starting to break the trance. He and Zee escape the infirmary then go into the tunnels and caves that are under the furnace. There they meet Simon, a
Austin Marker
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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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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Escape from Furnace (5 books)
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