Escape from Furnace #5. 2011. Farrar Straus Giroux. 312 pp.
Having read the first four books in the series, I was excited to see what Alex Sawyer would be up to now that he had escaped his horror-filled life in the Penitentiary and was facing new battles on the Outside. In “Execution,” the joys of freedom still weren’t in the cards for Alex and his friends, as Alfred Furnace’s war against humanity raged all around them. The Army was brought in to stop the onslaught but, instead of helping them to defeat Furnace and his minions, they were captured and forced to undergo treatments designed to find out the secrets of the nectar. The Army seemed intent on creating its own nectar-filled recruits, and having the power associated with them.
Even trapped and helpless, Alex feels the lure of Furnace calling to him and filling his thoughts with memories of the past, and thoughts of power. Knowing that the only way to stop the war is to kill Furnace, Alex is determined to find a way to escape and end this war forever. He, Lucy, Simon and Zee have one goal, and Alex won’t rest until it’s completed. Filled with action, fight scenes, mayhem, and tons of adventure, “Execution” is not for the faint of heart but will be sure to lure in the most reluctant of readers aged 12 and older, especially boys.