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Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2

by Alexander Gordon Smith

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We follow the first book and see the aftermath of the explosion and the escape. But all does not end well and it's not all sunshine and burgers. Instead, our protagonists are thrown into Solitary. And who knows if escape is even possible. Ever.

I thought the first book was decent, and I had middling hopes for Solitary (yeah, I'm not that optimistic for sequels). But this book quickly made me regret that.

To be honest, the first book's greatest appeal was the exploration of the world, to see the horrors and strange creations that would appear next. With those mysteries mostly seen and solved, this book fell flat.

First of all, the plot was crap. I cannot beleive that Alex and Zee would be the first to go pull out their grill and bang it to stay sane. Or that a group of people would depend completely on Alex to get them out when he doesn't even have a freaking plan. Or that no one has thought of the incinerator as an escape. Or that they didn't get caught leaving Solitary. Too many unrealistic plot movements that made me roll my eyes. I can take some incredulity, but not for an entire book!

I think there was also some very thoughtless character development. That story about stealing his mother's locket for money and not feeling guilty? Obviously the purpose of that story is to show us that our protagonist is quite a bad kid. But when the rest of his first person thoughts and tone comes off across as very innocent (especially as he tries to save all his friends for the most part), it seems like he is bipolar or not true to his character.
Similarly, why is Donovan always portrayed as such a good guy?
There is also not enough character development for me to believe that Alex would choose friendship over self-survival. In this book and the first book. Where does this inherent stick-together and save-my-friends come from? It isn't natural for humans to think that, but he does.
Yeah, yeah. Sure someone could point out that he does make the decision to leave them behind once. But that was more like in the face of impossible odds, and even then he quickly retracted it. Like a fake dip into selfishness to pretend he's isn't a glowing protagonist.

The only scene I thought was worth reading was the very last scene with Donovan. That is it. The rest wasted my time.

One star. I didn't like it at all. The shine of this world has worn off and the characters and plot are not enough to make me stick around to see more. I'm going to drop the series.
Not recommended. ( )
  NineLarks | Sep 15, 2014 |

Just as entertaining as book #1 and just as disturbing. I hope you like dark reads, because dammit - there's just no hope. ;__;

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  JennyJen | Aug 14, 2014 |
Solitary by Alexander Gordon Smith is a very good book . it is about a boy who iwas framed for murdering his best frien,and is sent to furnace . Furnace is the most cruel place you will ever hear of . The story of alex and his friends and how they survive it is a rollercoaster .It is the second book in the series, and what I really like is how the second book picks up exactly where the first left off. Usually in other series i have read there is a big gap between where one book ends and another starts off. I really like this you will never be left hanging at the end of a book in this series.

This book throws your spirits up high and then completely destroys them throughout the whole book. If you read this you will get frustrated and for short bits of time you will be happy. the book is very descriptive and it never leaves holes in the story. The book is some what predictable but that doesn't mean it is a bad book this is one of the best books i have ever read.

Anyone who is into thrillers should read this book, you will be on the edge of your seat the whole time you read it. THe book is never boring there are many times where you are blown away by what the characters are able to do. Everyone should read this book
  br14mabu | Jun 5, 2014 |
This book was as good as the first. In this book Alex is caught escaping with zee and try's to escape.
Soon the meet someone who is not exactly normal. His name is Simon and he was taken to the infirmary and mutated by the gas masks. I don't want to give much more away. This book is defiantly worth reading. ( )
  br14zape | Mar 17, 2014 |
This is the second book in the ‘Escape from Furnace’ series. In this book, Alex and Zee get out of gen-pop (general population, aka the prison) but end up underground in a huge cave. They gets caught and put in ‘solitary confinement’ for a month. They meet a guy named Simon who was experimented on and so one of his arms is really big. He breaks them out of their confinement and they try to get out through a hole in the celing. That doesn’t work and they get caught. Alex gets experimented on and he turns into a black suit.

Like I said in the last book I really love this series! I would rate it a 4 ½ because it wasn’t as good as the first but I still liked it. I think this book had a little more action in it. But then again this book was kind of predictable. Since the first book, you knew someone was going to be turned into a black suit. Some of the twists or adventures in the book leave me re-reading it over again to see if it really happened. Like I said in the last review, I would recommend this book! ( )
  AlexaP.B3 | Mar 17, 2014 |
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For everyone who is dying for the second book to come out....the titled is said to be released on December 21, 2010! Yay!
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Imprisoned for a murder he did not commit, fourteen-year-old Alex Sawyer thinks that he has escaped the hellish Furnace Penitentiary, but instead he winds up in solitary confinement, where new horrors await him.

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