Tag Archive for Escape From Furnace Series

"Everybody Loves An Underdog": Alexander Gordon Smith, Prison Narratives And Unrelenting Evil

People often say that a book is only as good as it’s villain. I’m not sure I totally agree with this statement, but there’s no denying that a really great villain can make for a truly brilliant read. The more powerful the bad guy is, the harder the good guys have to fight to survive and the more we root… Read more →

Interview With Alexander Gordon Smith, Author Of Lockdown and Solitary

I recently had the chance to read and reviewed the first two novels in Alexander Gordon Smith‘s Escape From Furnace series. If you haven’t read them yet and are looking for a fast-paced series, then I’d definitely recommend them to you, even though technically they’re directed to teen boys more than anyone else. No matter who they’re marketed to, I’m… Read more →


Buy Solitary Special $10.49 (Regular price: $15.99) Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux Format: Hardcover Reviewer: Melissa on January 18, 2011 Rating: 3 out of 5 stars In the stunning conclusion to Lockdown , Alex Sawyer, Zee, Toby, and Gary jump from the passage way they exploded into a raging river. Unfortunately, their means of escape and freedom ends them right back… Read more →


Buy Lockdown Special $6.99 (Regular price: $8.99) Publisher: Square Fish Format: Paperback Reviewer: Melissa on January 6, 2011 Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars Furnace Penitentiary is the most formidable and secure prison for young offenders that has ever been built. No wonder since it’s buried one mile beneath the earth’s surface. When Alex Sawyer (yes, the connection to Tom… Read more →