Escape from Furnace 4
Alexander Gordon Smith (blog)
Faber and Faber
Farrar Straus & Giroux
I really have become a huge fan of Alexander Gordon Smith's writings. I took my time reading this books, because with the cliff hangers that Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence ended with I did not want to be left hanging waiting for the fifth and final book in the series. This book races from beginning to end.
Continuing directly from the end of Death Sentence this story is about what happens after the great prison break. Alex hoped they would get out and be able to let the authorities know what really was going on at the prison, children being experimented on and turned into Black Suit goons or berserker beasts. But soon they realize that Furnace turned their break to his advantage and has unleashed his whole army to burn the city down and after that the whole world. For the first time in the series Alex and his small band go their separate ways. Alex, Simon and Zee know that in order to stop Furnace they must split up so they can try and stop him in two different ways.
This is an excellent series and I know I will read anything else Smith publishes based on how good these books are. The big drawback is that the publishing of them is about 2 years behind in North America compared to the UK publishing. I know a number of readers who have ordered later book in the series from the UK rather than wait for the US editions to be released. But either way read them and find out what they say beneath heaven is hell and beneath hell is Furnace, and even after escaping from Furnace prison, Alex found himself under the influence of Alfred Furnace and his nectar.
Books By Alexander Gordon Smith:
Escape from Furnace:
Execution Epilogue - Short Story
The Night Children - Short Story
The Inventors And The City of Stolen Souls
1001 Questions and Answers
Inspired Creative Writing: 52 Brilliant Ideas from the Master Wordsmiths
The Solar System
Writing Bestselling Children's Books: 52 Brilliant Ideas for Inspiring Young Readers
The Art Of Furnace
Author Profile Interview With Alexander Gordon Smith