Solitary: Escape From Furnace By: Alexander Gordon Smith Presentation By: Matthew Kertzman
General Information • The book that I read is called Solitary: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith. This book is a Thriller/Action. It has a total of 232 pages. It is part of a series. The series is called Furnace. There are five books in the series; Lockdown, Solitary, and Death Sentence. Those are the only ones announced at this time.
Basic Information • One of the characters in the story is Alex. Alex was put in Furnace because he was mistakenly framed of murder. Another character in the story is Toby. Toby and Alex were robbing somebody when Toby was shot. This is when Alex was accused of the murder. Toby is now coming back as a spirit to help Alex. Another character is the Warden. The Warden is in charge of Furnace. The setting of the story is Furnace, which is a prison below Hell. The point of view of the story is 1st person told by Alex.
Key Details • The first Key Detail is when Alex(a 14 year old boy who is in a prison called Furnace) tries to escape with his friend. This is the beginning of the book and they try to run away by going out through the river. They think that the river is the way out. Unfortunately the Warden catches them. The Warden is in charge of Furnace. The Warden throws them into Solitary. To get into the solitary there is a door on the ground. Then they just open the door and climb into the small hole in the ground. They are thrown into two different solitaries right next to each other. This relates to the story because then they get thrown into Solitary it interrupts their escape. • The second Key Detail is when they figure out a way to communicate between each other. They would communicate by spelling out words. The would hit the side of their box once for the letter A, twice for the letter B, three times for the letter C and so on. This relates to the story because now they are able to make a plan to escape. • The third Key Detail is when they get out of the solitary and find a cave. They got out of solitary because Alex’s friend Toby who died came back as a spirit and let them out. The cave has a very tall roof and they think if they climb it that they will be able to escape. They get ropes and try, but it is unsuccessful. This relates to the story because now they have to find another way to try to escape.
RelationshipsLevel 3 • One stated relationship is Zee and Alex. The relationship between Zee and Alex is that they are really good friends. A lot of people are afraid to stand up and fight against the bad people in Furnace. But Alex and Zee are friends who will fight for their lives together. • Another stated relationship is Alex and Toby. Alex and Toby were the best of friends but Toby was killed in a Burglary before they got into Furnace.
RelationshipsLevels 4-5 • One implied relationship is the Warden and the Blacksuits. The Blacksuits are the Warden’s body guards. I can infer that the Blacksuits are very loyal to the Warden. I can infer this because they stand by the Warden the whole time and do whatever they ask. • I can also infer a relationship between the setting and the plot. If the setting wasn’t in furnace underground there wouldn’t be all the unusual characters such as the Blacksuits and Wardens.
What I Thought • I thought the book was pretty good. I thought that the idea was very clever. I thought the characters were very well established. I thought that the author could’ve been a little more understandable. Other than that it was a great book. I recommend this book to anyone who likes weird books that are not realistic at all. Also to anyone from middle school up.