Alex Sawyer gets thrown in solitary confinement for a month, but it may end up less, either from death or by escape. One or the other. Zee is there too, but Alex can't really get through to him. In the meantime, Alex starts getting bad hallucinations, technically talking to himself, but also talking to ghosts, which are alive, like his best friend, Donovan, and his family looking at him with dishonour, in which he imagines it on himself. It's a better way to pass the time than most books would do. As we learned in Lockdown, this is how Gordy likes to write, and there's nothing wrong with that. Infact, he is patient enough to make up a way for Alex and Zee to communicate with each other in their cells that isn't only original and interesting, but is a great way to pass time. And as it turns out, within Furnace Penitentiary is a rebellion, led by a new friend named Simon. Who knew there'd be an area a few prisoners could go to secretly? What I liked most about this book, I suppose, was how we don't see, but we hear, that the gen pop in Furnace is actually given hope, with the fact that Alex at least found a way out of the general population, even though they think he's dead. Donovan, most of all, is given hope and friendship, being kept a promise from Alex.
In a way, however, it's the most painful of the Escape from Furnace series. It's not garbage, but it is. There's no reason you should give up on Escape from Furnace, however, and even if you don't enjoy Solitary as much as Lockdown, you're not alone. And in a way, this is where most of the pain in the Escape from Furnace series gets absorbed into, and that's pretty much why I give it thumbs down. But Gordy here writes what he needs to write the best way he can.