Solitary (Escape From Furnace #2) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Solitary (Escape From Furnace #2) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Goodreads Synopsis
Furnace Prison ...
Where death is the least of your worries.
Escape is just the beginning ...
We thought we’d made it, we thought we were free. But we should have known there was no way out of Furnace.
All we did was slip deeper into the guts of the prison: into solitary confinement, where the real nightmares live - the warden, the Wheezers, and something much, much worse.
The clock’s ticking. Because if we don’t escape soon they will turn us into freaks - like them. For ever.
In the darkness of the hole your worst nightmares come to life.


Where to start, where to start. Honestly, this book felt like a rip off of the first in the series, Lockdown. It didn't feel like there was really a difference in the plot or characters from the first book to the end of this one. Same characters making the same decisions with the same results.

Honestly, I liked the introduction of Simon and his friends, but I thought there was going to be more to it than where it ended up with them. Their stories and characters were wasted in this novel, but honestly so were all the characters.

Alex did nothing special this time around, especially considering he came up with another failed escape plan to leave the prison and was caught again by the Warden. At least this time the author didn't let us think they were going to escape and then spend the first quarter of the next book talking about how they got caught.

Zee was barely in this novel. He was just there to be like "Yeah Alex you are so smart!!" which why. You could have just had Alex narrate that part in about himself and it would have had the same effect. I also don't count the conversations that Alex and he had by banging their gate to communicate because that doesn't count. That was a plot device for the author to talk about the plot without having Alex narrate it in his mind, even though he really was.

Donovan ... don't even get me started on this. It was absolutely ridiculous to have him be Alex's conscience in this novel through hologram and hallucination only to ultimately be murdered by being suffocated with a pillow. Like what a waste of a potentially great character. Also just another plot device for the author to "move" the plot along without having Alex do it himself, even though he really was because NO ONE ELSE WAS THERE. 

Simon was okay, I guess. He seemed like a filler for the plot to me though, just someone else for Alex to talk to because Gary was down for the count. He <spoiler>escaped from the wheezers and has been living in the tunnels beneath Furnace waiting for his chance to escape and thinks he has found it in Alex</spoiler>. Okay, sounds good to me. He doesn't trust Alex. Also reasonable. I don't think he is going to make it past the next book though.

Overall: I give it 2.5/5 stars. Nothing special about this sequel. I know seconds are always hard to write because you need to flesh out the characters more and move the plot more in the direction that you want it to go, but this novel did neither. The characters and plot were both static and honestly it was difficult to differentiate between the two except for the fact that in the first book, it takes place in general population and this one takes place in solitary confinement. That's it, that's literally the difference. 

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