Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
Published: August 2, 2011
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Genre: Teen, YA, horror
Review: paperback from library
Buy Links: Amazon, Amazon.uk
Alex's second attempt to break out of Furnace Penitentiary 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. How can he escape when the darkness is inside him? How can he lead the way to freedom if he is lost to himself?
So I was so glad I was able to get to my library to pick this book up. I have been dying to find out what has happened to Alex. If you read book two which I recommend you do before even reading book three heck I recommend you reading book one before you get to book three, you know that Alex was trying to escape from solitaire.
Well now the Warden has decided that because he has not only tried to escape once but twice that he will use Alex for something else. He changes Alex and it is not for the good, he has turned him into a black suit. We get a lot of details and descriptions to what the different super humans look like and we get to see how Alex handles it all. It seems the warden uses something called nectar which was invented by the main man Alfred Furnace to pretty much created an army of men that are hard to kill and can withstand pretty much anything.
When we see the warden's plan backfiring when Alex remembers who he is and how he wants to escape a riot is issued and we are left wondering will Alex and the others become free or will they still be locked inside the furnace?
We do get a lot of backstory as to why the Nectar was invented and it all has to do with WW2 and Nazis though there isn't a history lesson involved but you can see where the idea came from. We are introduced to more experiments within this book and the way they are described you can't help but wonder what the heck has been going on within this penitentiary and why has no one come to find out answers. I will be reading book four soon so I can see what else will be happening. I think teens will really enjoy this book as there isn't any bad language, there is plenty of action but there is some killing.
Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series of young adult novels, includingLockdown 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 first explored his love of publishing. Along with poet Luke Wright, he founded Egg Box Publishing, a groundbreaking magazine and press that promotes talented new authors. He also started writing literally hundreds of articles, short stories and books ranging from Scooby Doo comic strips to world atlases, Midsomer Murders to X-Files. The endless research for these projects led to countless book ideas germinating in his head. His first book, The Inventors, written with his nine-year-old brother Jamie, was published in the U.K. in 2007. He lives in England.