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(Escape from Furnace #4)

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  4,357 ratings  ·  382 reviews
I am no longer trapped in the darkness. But the darkness is still trapped inside me. We did it. We cracked the gates, escaped from Furnace. We're out, but we're not free. Not yet. Now the whole city is in lockdown — the roads sealed, the police scouring every building. And there are worse things here — creatures of unimaginable fury hunting us down. An unholy army, sent by ...more
Paperback, UK Edition, 320 pages
Published October 7th 2010 by Faber and Faber
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Paige  Bookdragon
A letdown.

I feel like I expected too much because book 1-3 is so bloody good. Fugitives is still good, but the pace was a bit slower than I want.
The first three books were more thriller. This one was sheer horror. Sooo good! It’s hard to believe there’s one more left! If Contagion, the Walking Dead, and I Am Legend had a threesome the result would be this book!
Chase Hooper
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
The books in the Lockdown series just keep getting better and better. This book is definetely the "crème de la crème". Smith does a great job in this book keeping it very descpritive as well as extremely fast paced, which with out a doubt is a hard challenge for many writers. Teenagers who are into action, apocolyptic themes, and suspense will enjoy Fugitives.
Alex has finally broken out of Furnace, and is finally free!!! Sike. If you thought that The Warden was bad, well just wait to you meet
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The thriller novel Fugitives by Alexander Gordon Smith is the fourth book in the Escape from Furnace series. In the book, Alex is now a fugitive because he just performed the impossible which is escape Furnace Penitentiary but he didn't do this alone. He escaped with the inmates of Furnace and his two great friends Zee and Simon. Alex and his good friends have thrown away their prison clothes and donned modern city clothing to blend in and are constantly on the run to not get caught by authoriti ...more
The series has become exponentially weirder as we learn more about the cause and history of the nectar.

But still as brilliant as the other three.

Fingers-crossed Zee makes it to the end.
Jul 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It seemed like, to me at least, that throughout this series the books have just been becoming gorier adn gorier. My favorite character died in book two (well, really in book one, since in book two he was a monster) and now Alex just seems to fight, yell at Furnace in his head, tell how horrible the world is, describe the sick moster he is, and drink nectar straight out of another's body. Is it just me, or is that gross?

There doesn't seem to be much of a storyline any more. I liked how at the end
May 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolute non-stop action. In the beginning of this book 4, the guys are now in the real world, on the run, I felt like I could finally exhale. Finally away from the horrors of Furnace Penitentiary. I loved reading about the things that they were able to do now that they weren't being harassed by Weezers, the Black Suits, the Warden and Furnace himself.
Shopping in the mall before opening hours, I got a real kick out of the things the guys did there. Once all of that stopped and they were found, t
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"I knew what people were like. You take away the things they take for granted and they soon go mad. It's like ripping out the foundations of a house and watching it crumble. When you think about it, we're all insane, we just don't know it till we're given a little push in the wrong direction."

Fugitives, P. 123

It's taken three books packed with extreme pain, trauma, and dark violence for Alex, Zee, and Simon to bust out of Furnace Penitentiary, a place of appalling physical and psychological
Grace S.
Oct 03, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"This series is starting to lose its edge."

How is this possible, do you ask? Because it's constantly taking that edge and trying to make it sharper and sharper and more and more exaggerated. Escape from Furnace is losing its edge because it's trying to be all edge all the time.

Take the monsters, for example. We're supposed to believe that every new monster is the biggest, baddest baddie we've ever seen. But when they're all described as 'impossibly big', you lose all sense of scale. From dogs to
Aaron Batten
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal Response: I really liked this book for a couple reasons. This was a horror book, but there was a little mystery to it as well. I still did not know who or where Alfred Furnace was.The new nectar was also a mystery. It made all of Alfred’s monsters even stronger and more obedient. With the new nectar, the berserkers followed what Furnace wanted. The berserkers would not attack Alex. At the start of this book, Alex was bitten by a berserker and given some of the new nectar. The berserkers ...more
Rebecca Ann
I really like this series, which may seem odd given my three star rating. The story itself just grabs you and pulls you along kicking and screaming into a fast-paced nightmare-world. The writing, however, is not so strong. Smith uses so much repetition and over-exaggeration that at times, it pulls me out of his story. I'm never really sure how big things are or how hurt people get, as it seems to change with the drama of a situation. You have to be able to suspend reality and ignore the fact tha ...more
Thien Mai
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a phenomenal book in that it was extremely fast pace. If you’ve ever been a kid and wanted to write about some crazy story that was completely farfetched but totally awesome, and you never get around to it and you wonder why no author has ever published a book like that? Well this one has! The whole overall mood of the story is sort of dark and apocalyptic, and since it is about genetic mutations eating adults alive and infecting children to build their army it would sound weird if it w ...more
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
I have been addicted to the Lockdown series, devouring them as quickly as a wheezer completes surgery -- yet Fugitives, the fourth installment, was an incredible disappointment.

Fugitives had many fighting scenes, and it was action-packed with fires blazing and berserkers tearing people limb from limb -- yet, even through the gore and carnage, I felt boredom seeping through my veins, like nectar seeps through Alex's.

The language in Fugitives is repetitive -- each berserker, though terrifyingly
Jess Beck
Feb 28, 2012 rated it liked it
I absolutely adore this series, so it is difficult for me to say anything bad about this particular book. However, compared to the other books in the series, I think Fugitives fell short. It was not nearly as interesting and it seems that this book has been dedicated to the set up of the conclusion. While there is certainly nothing wrong with that, I didn't feel the emotion that I did whilst reading the other parts of this series. I know that the 5th book won't disappoint, but I'm really terrifi ...more
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I love this book. It is a great book because of all the mysteries and wonder. This book is about Alex getting out of furnace and back into the real world but The warden and Alfred Furnace unleash their beasts into the world to totally wipe out the weak and build a new world out of only strong people. Alex, Simon, and Zee all have to fight the warden and save the world from total wipe out.
Collin baehnman
Personal Response:
I thought that Fugitives was a great continuation of Lockdown. It showed the reader how hard it was to break out of the Furnace and what happened because of breaking out. The reader was also shown how Alfred Furnace had control over the berserkers and how he communicated with them as well. The reader was more or less impressed by the decisions given to the characters and how the characters decided to deal with the problems that arose.

When the trio escaped the Furnace, the
Carter Dittmann
Personal Response: I thought the book, Fugitives, by Alexander Smith was a very interesting book. The author really does a great job capturing the reader’s attention and I just wanted to keep reading. Smith does a good job explaining everything in detail down to the bitter end of it. Smith also keeps everything in a nice, even flow to help the reader stay in touch with what is happening in the story.

Plot Summary: The boys, Alex, Zee, Simon, and Donovan escape furnace and they are back to the t
Personal Response:
I thought this book was okay because it was hard for me to get into. This book was hard for me to get into because I thought it didn't describe very much. One thing I liked about this book was the ending.

In the beginning of this book, Alex, Zee, and Simon were hiding out in the mall. While they were at the mall, the police found them. Once they escaped the police, they ran into the subway. While they were in the subway, they met up with some skulls. A berserker came down i
May 17, 2017 added it
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Cody Becker
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I really liked Fugitives, by Alexander Gordon Smith, because it had a lot of fighting scenes. I also really liked this book because it showed you how difficult it was to escape Furnace, which was a high security prison ran by nazis. This book really made me want to read the next book.

The book started with Alex, Zee, and Simon who were getting chased by the cops. They got away from the cops, and stole a vehicle. They drove the car to the train station. When they got to th
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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They somehow made it past the Warden. They even managed to elude the berserkers. They could see the sky and feel the sun and air on their faces. They had freedom in their sights.

All they had to do was stay hidden and not get caught.

But how could they remain free when there was nowhere to hide? Where could they go when the world was on fire and the enemy was closing in?

And were they really free in the first place when the world outside of Furnace Penitentiary simply felt like an even larger priso
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My thought on the book was that it was amazing, the author Alexander Gordon Smith way of writing the book made me feel like I was in the book and made me think what I would do in a situation that the characters faced. I loved this book so much that i wouldn't even notice how much time I spent on reading the book . Like everyday I looked forward reading this book in Literarure Class, I even asked the teacher if I can take the book home so I can continue ready but also for the reason that I to fin ...more
Evan Lord
Jan 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Alex is finally free from the furnace. They have made a big break and breached the surface of the furnace while trapping the warden deep in the furnace. The former prisoners of the furnace penitentiary are now running wild in the streets causing chaos on every street and in every ally. Alex soon questions whether it was better to keep all the prisoners or to breaking out of the furnace along with all of the other prisoners who are causing lots of trouble in the city. How will Alex survive the st ...more
Now that we're almost at the end of the series, Fugitives seems to have a similar drop in quality that Solitary. Solitary was the book that was used to set up the rest of the series and Fugitives is the set up for the end of the series. You'll notice my three star rating, the lowest yet. I was sad that I had to give this book a lower rating than the rest but what's done is done, and for good reason.

Alex and friends are finally free of Furnace Penitentiary, but not free of the man who built the p
I loved the first three books, but this one was a bit of a disappointment. Too much action, too little mystery and tension. And every monster is the biggest, creepiest and ugliest... until the next one enters the stage.
Also I don't really like (view spoiler)
Dwayne Portwine
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Lori Anderson
I have no idea how I ended up with this book, but the entire series fascinated me.
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s amazing! No spoilers, but it gets soooo intense. A definite have-to-read!
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I read the book Fugitive Escape From Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith. Fugitive is about a boy named Alex. Alex gets convicted of a crime that he doesn’t do for killing his best friend, and he is sent to the Furnace. The Furnace is the world’s worst, hardest, and secure prison for the worst kids and teens. In the third book Death Sentence Escape From Furnace Alex breaks out of the Furnace along with all the other prisoner. When they all get out, Alex realizes his mistake. Some
Jared Shilts
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Best book ever! 2 8 Dec 07, 2014 09:07AM  
Anyone know of a free online or downloadable version? 1 3 Oct 10, 2013 05:21AM  
Would you have done what Alex had if you were in his shoes? 2 10 Oct 10, 2013 05:14AM  
This book is great !! 2 10 Apr 01, 2013 06:08PM  

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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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