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Solitary (Escape from Furnace #2)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6,808 Ratings  ·  733 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.
Sep 13, 2015 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
Jan 23, 2012 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 18, 2014 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
RemiV Foliage
Jun 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
as awesome and horrifying as the first book!!!
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
May 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought the first book in this series was rough, scary, horrid..but this book two was deff its match. These are so good. I cant turn the pages fast enough.

Alex tries to escape Furnace one more time, just having the hope of doing so keeps him going hour by terrifying hour in solitary confinement. He forges a new pact with new friends. What will happen this time? How can they try again? Where? Will it work this time?

Read it and find out. Im on to book 3 soon. You just cant tear yourself away f
Suren Hakobyan
Feb 01, 2015 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.
Paige  Ingemunson
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 06, 2010 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
This was as action packed as the first in the series.
This was as creative and creepy as the first in the series.
This was as "on-the-edge-of-my-seat" as the first in the series.

And yet I couldn't love it as much as the first in the series.

I think there was more repetition - in solitary, out of solitary, in solitary, out of solitary, etc. etc. ETC. - than there was in the first book. I also think the (almost complete) absence of my favorite character, Donovan, was what was really missing for m
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,
Jul 12, 2015 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
Haley Nguyen
4.5 stars

Not as good as the first book, but still freaking amazing.
RemiV Foliage
Apr 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Four bellissimo stars!!!

So...this is the second book in the series.  And I read the first book a year ago...Don't get me wrong.  I loved the first book.  I kept telling myself to pick up the second book soon, but there are always so many other books that I've been dying to read.  #UnMontonDeTBR Yes.  My TBR pile is probably as high as the highest mountain in Taiwan, 3952m.  Looking forward to become Everest (JK).  The problem is...I keep buying books even though there are a lot of books I haven'
Menglong Youk
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopia
4.5/5 stars

Holy sh*t. Sorry for the language, but this is nuts. Solitary, the second book of Escape from Furnace series, explores my fear of claustrophobia. Following their escape in the first book, Lockdown, Alex, Zee and Gary were recaptured by the warden and the Blacksuits after only a short moment of freedom. (it's not actually freedom if you're in a mile beneath the Earth surrounded by man-made monsters and hideous prison.) Alex and Zee were then separately sent to one-month solitary confin
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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Hayes aka Haute Librarian for

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
Jul 04, 2014 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
ijeoma Agbaje
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
you never know what to expect when going into a series. Book 1 may be awesome and subsequent books may taper off but guys so far, this book is still on a winning streak.

Look my emotions were all over the place. Alexander Gordon Smith really does a good job of pulling you into Furnance. You're practically at the edge of your seat, rooting for Alex and gasping at all the (i want to say scrapes but phew it's basically life or death there so its so much bigger than scrapes)- crazy situations he fou
Oct 16, 2015 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.
Aug 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good but not the best one.
Brayden Marker
Oct 19, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Cian Fischer
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response-
I liked this book because, like the previous book, this one was pretty action-packed. I also liked that the author kills off certain characters. Although I was sad at times, I thought it emphasized the dangers of Alex’s situation. I also have to admit I didn’t anticipate the author would go there, but I liked that he did because it added drama. My final thoughts on this book were that it was a solid read, and I am excited to read the next book in the series.

At the end of L
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
Austin Marker
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first book "Lockdown" I was hooked right in and had to read the next one, especially since the last one ended with them jumping into the river. The book "Solitary" by Alexander Gordon Smith was just as good if not better than the First book Lockdown. This action packed and nail biting book kept me up late at nights wanting to find out what was going to happen next. The book Solitary was outstanding and I would definitely read it again.

This book starts off where the last book e
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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.” 48 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.” 29 likes
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