By Rhea

Solitary, by Alexander Gordon Smith, is the second book in the Escape from Furnace series.  Alex and his friend Zee have finally escaped Furnace, only to find that their escape route does not lead them to the surface.  Additionally, the guards from Furnace have now released the horrible and vicious mutant dogs on the boys to make sure that they do not escape.  It seems that they still are not truly free.  Hoping to get away, the boys continue deeper, only to end up in a different, deadlier part of Furnace.  Once the Warden finds out that the escapees have been captured, he gives them a sentence worse than death: a month in solitary.  If the horrors of Furnace haven’t killed the boys, then solitary surely will.  It is only a matter of time until they go mad.  But maybe there is still some hope…

I absolutely love Solitary and the rest of the series.  The story line is very good and completely unpredictable.  Not a single word in the book is a waste of space; everything connects to the story and makes it even more intense.  It is very fast-paced.  I am sure that boys would love this book, and so every boy should give it a try.  Like Lockdown, this book is slightly depressing since every time there is the slightest bit of hope, it is shattered, but even then the book is fantastic.  One should definitely read this book.  I think that everyone (or at least boys) will love it!

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