Death Sentence (Escape from Furnace #3)
There was a definite shift from the usual story with Death Sentence. Alex isn't trying to escape the prison anymore (well, not for a large portion of the story anyway) and is instead fighting a battle within himself.
I didn't quite think Smith would end up turning Alex into a Blacksuit, but it was the right move for the story. I mean, how long can Alex try to escape with minimal consequences? Plus, it really takes his internal struggles to a whole new level. There's been a war in his head from the moment he was thrown into Furnace: is he really a bad person? Then Smith goes and elevates it by basically pumping Alex full of evil.
There's certainly not a shortage of action in this one. While the previous book entertained me, I felt as if not all that much had happened. Death Sentence, however, throws down. I don't even know what to expect from the next book after finishing this one, but I'm excited to find out.
I have to admit that I was slightly underwhelmed by the nectar's explanation, but I think I'd be happier with a bit more explanation.
The Nutshell: Death Sentence is another good book in a highly addictive series. Now, I won't going saying these are amazing books everyone will love, but I really enjoy them, but if you want a good action-horror series then this would definitely be one of my first suggestions.
The beginning was rough. I mean, he's undergoing the change and mostly just having nightmares. Then he wakes up and the Warden says things. He fights with himself to hold onto Alex Sawyer. He has Achilles-level rage. He feels guilt. There are some scenes that are reminiscent of the reprogramming in A Clockwork Orange, which I really hope was an intended reference.
So, in this installment, you actually do get to learn a bit more about the origins of Furnace. Actually, there were a couple of subtle hints before this point, which I noticed, but ignored, hoping that wasn't where Smith was going with this. Well, it is. Sigh. Maybe it will be cool, but I worry that it will just make me angry with stereotypes. I guess that remains to be seen.
The next book, The Fugitives, is poised to be hugely exciting. Even after having been less enthused with this one, I'm excited to find out what will happen next.