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Death Sentence (Escape from Furnace #3)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  5,291 Ratings  ·  461 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 Furnac
Hardcover, 297 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.
Amy Jacobs
Oct 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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
Melissa **Dear Evan Hansen Obsessed**
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
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
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
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
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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
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
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
Jared Shilts
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Quentin Borremans
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing

Personal Response: Death Sentence is a great book. It fits in well with the other books. I really enjoyed reading it. The book kept me wanting more and more. The ending is very mean, but I think it ends well.

Plot: The book starts with Alex laying in the bottom of the furnace, burning up. The warden saves him from the flames, but then proceeds to turn him into one of his soldiers. Alex is injected with the nectar. The nectar basically gives him power, but he won't remember anything. Alex is diff
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Personal Response:
This book was a very action packed book that always kept me wondering what would happen next. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars, because I liked it a lot. I think that Death Sentence is such a good book, because it's very unpredictable. I would want to read the rest of this series and I plan to.

Alex was put into The Warden’s infirmary where he was injected with The Warden’s "nectar". This nectar turned Alex into a superhuman, and made him forget everything that happened
Blake Palmer
Apr 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the series Escape from furnace. In the last book it ended with Alex and his friends zee and simon burning in the actual furnace in furnace. This book starts with the awesome conversion of alex being put the torture of becoming a blacksuit. through the transformation alex starts to lose himself in the necter and actually enjoyed being a blacksuit. I really liked this part in the book because its a time where you get to see alex happy for once in a while. After the blacks ...more
Luke Sands
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Dec 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kassi Tews
Dec 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Aurora Becher
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Brianna Kortesmaki
Mar 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
Desiree Roe
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Tyler Mix
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it

Personal response:

I thought this book was good. I thought Alex would go along with the Warden for sure, but instead he recognized what was happening to him. He fought his way back to being himself.I was on edge the whole book and that is the best kind of book. I will read the series again for sure.


Alex was captured previously and was experimented on. Alex had to face the warden of furnace, but with this time a proud warm feeling of accomplishment. He was accomplished because he became a bla
Landon Davis
Dec 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"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.
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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?” 8 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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