So, after Alex Sawyer's stunts in the last two books, Lockdown and Solitary, evil Warden Cross has decided he is Soldier of Furnace worthy. That means transforming him to be a cold-blooded killer, inside and out. During the first fifty pages or so, we go inside Alex's head, and despite how he doesn't want to forget his name, his friends, and everything he's ever wanted, he just might want to let the Warden take over him, because he's angry at the world and at himself, like he has been ever since he got sent down the elevator. The warden's special nectar poison starts taking over his body, and no matter how much Alex resists to not forget his own name, the quantity of the nectar keeps on struggling with him: The same thing that happened to Donovan after he was sent away to the infirmary is now happening to him as well. After he has all of a sudden woken up and become perfect, quickly, he then sees a tiny hole in all the manipulation, which he now sees as the truth of the world.
Now, when you talk to people about this book, you're going to want to spoil it, because it's hard not to. This is not only the most exciting of the Escape from Furnace books, but also the most heart touching. The prison goes wild, all the killers and forever-be-locked-up's now finding hope for getting out. There's a speech in the middle of this that might be the best speech about being a prisoner that may ever come. This is a full-time page turner, in which what did it was that I was waiting for the bad part to come along after the good part ensued. You know what part I'm talking about. But as the good parts kept coming and going in order to start another, I kept waiting for it, and it never came. Death Sentence by Gordon Smith has a shot at being the most action-packed teen's book ever, despite the first 100 pages that focus on decisions. Those are just about as exciting as the next two acts. Basically, read Escape from Furnace, and look forward to Part 3 the most.