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Fugitives; Escape from Furnace 4

Fugitives; Escape from Furnace 4

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Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning. Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.
Forever altered by his experience in Furnace Penetentiary, Alex has done the impossible and escaped. But the battle for freedom is only just beginning. Charged with his superhuman abilities, Alex must uncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built the prison, the man known as Alfred Furnace. And to do that he must stop running and finally confront his greatest fears.

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Publish date: Feb 28, 2012
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Copyright © 2010 by Alexander Gordon SmithAll rights reservedFirst published in Great Britain by Faber and Faber Limited, 2010Distributed in Canada by D&M Publishers, Inc.Printed in the United States of AmericaDesigned by Jay ColvinFirst American edition, 20121 3 5 7 9 10 8 6 4 2macteenbooks.comLibrary of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DataSmith, Alexander Gordon.Fugitives / Alexander Gordon Smith. — 1st American ed.p. cm. (Escape from Furnace ; 4)Summary: After achieving the impossible by escaping the laboratories andcells of Furnace Penitentiary, Alex, injected with superhuman abilities, mustuncover the last of Furnace’s secrets—the truth about the man who built theprison.ISBN: 978-0-374-32484-1[1. Prisons—Fiction. 2. Fugitives from justice—Fiction. 3. Sciencefiction. 4. Horror stories.] I. Title.PZ7.S6423Fu 2012[Fic]—dc232011022981
 
I WiSH i Could tell you 
that my story ended here.I wish I could tell you that this was my happy ever after.Because it should have been, right? I mean, we were out. We’dbeen to hell and back but the important thing was that we
 had 
 made it back. We’d slit open the belly of Furnace Penitentiary,spilled its guts all over the streets. It was dead, and we’d been bornagain, taking our first steps in a world we thought we’d lost forever. Ithad to be over. This had to be the end of it. All we had to do was runfor the hills and live out the rest of our lives on fresh air and freedom.But can a story like mine ever have a happy ending?Does somebody like me ever deserve one?There wasn’t much time for looking back as we ran from thebroken gates, ushered on by the blinding brightness of the risingsun. But I couldn’t help it. Even as the sound of the siren fadedinto birdsong my mind replayed everything that had happened. Idon’t know why, exactly. All I wanted to do was forget it, put every-thing behind me, pretend that it had never happened. But Fur-nace wasn’t going to let me. I may have found a way out of theprison but the prison was still buried deep inside my head, lockedin every thought, every memory.
HAPPY EVER AFTER 

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a_reader_of_fictions reviewed this
Rated 3/5
In Fugitives, Smith leaves the relative literary safety of Furnace, and has to really step up his world-building. In this book, there are new horrors, worse than any found in Furnace. For example, a kind of zombie/reverse vampire. If that doesn't make sense to you, read the book.

I definitely loved the fact that escaping didn't make anything better. Obviously, I thought law enforcement would be against the escaping convicts, but the broadening of the scope of what was going on made it pretty epic. I look forward to finding out just exactly what Furnace has been doing in the next book; Alex's view and knowledge of what's happening is limited, and we can only know what he does.

Smith's bread and butter is monsters and mayhem. He does that well, and comes up with such strange and creepy creatures that I do not envy him his dreams. Anyway, I want to give him props for also drawing attention to the fact that regular people can be just as bad, possibly worse (?) than the monsters. Certainly I tended to find those scenes most discomfiting, probably because they seemed much more realistic and pertinent to real life than the rest of this series.

Although I'm somewhat concerned about how long Smith is going to drag this series out, I am willing to continue reading along when the next installment, Execution, comes out later this year. For those who have enjoyed the series thus far, it only gets more crazy and exciting in Fugitives.
erincathryn reviewed this
Rated 2/5
***SPOILERS***I think I fell out of love with this series in the last book, but I want to see it through to the end.Writing reviews of books in a series has always been tricky for me, so this will be short.I think the thing that irked me most was the language. This is obviously a young adult book, but it is also obviously meant for boys. Also, the descriptions are off-kilter. Mainly, how Alex is described, post transformation. In earlier books we are lead to believe that the blacksuits are barely human, but Alex is still taken as a human. It is frustrating.Also, everything is "a million times worse" or what have you.One thing I did like was that the relationship was a) only just budding and b) wasn't between Alex and Lucy, but rather Zee and Lucy.I have checked out of the story, but I will read the last one just to see it through to the end.
calibrary1 reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Book review by Joe M., posted by CA Library:"Spoiler Alert -- My book “Fugitives” by Alexander Gordon smith was a very well written. It is fiction, but is told as a nonfiction. “Fugitives” is about a teenager named Alex ( the protagonist ), him and his friends have just escaped Furnace and are trying to fight their way out of the city. I liked the book a lot, for many different reasons. One thing I liked about it was that the conversations between all of the characters were very relatable. It was relatable because the way the characters spoke is the same way people talk now. Another thing that I like about this was that each and every chapter was intriguing and kept me interested in the story. I found every chapter interesting because there was constant action and instance dialogue between the characters. I also liked that in the they ( Alex, Zee, and Simon ) met a new character ; named Lucy. One thing that I didn’t like about the book was that it left a lot of things open for the next book and it didn’t answer many questions I had from the last book before. Another thing I didn’t like about the story was that Alex lost his mind in the end of the and he couldn’t control his body. I didn’t like this because it made him a completely different character then the one from the other books. I would rate this book 2 out of 5 stars. I give it 2 because it left too many things open. This book is similar to the “Gone” series. I recommend that if you enjoy this series then you should read the “Gone” series."
jrlibrary reviewed this
Rated 3/5
The series is almost becoming too violent for me. I really enjoyed Lockdown, but am liking each successive book less and less. In this, the boys have broken out of Furnace and are above ground, but Alfred Furnace has launched an attack on the city, and the civilians are being changed into rats (mindless, zombielike creatures who do whatever they are told. The citizens are injected with a new version of nectar, which works on their bodies immediately, but doesn't make them as obscenely strong as before. Alex, Simon and Zee end up taking on the Warden on their way to taking on the mastermind of the entire prison; Alfred Furnace. But in order to battle the beserkers, Alex has to ingest more of the nectar, and there is a very good chance that he will not survive the assault to his humanity.
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