Solitary: Escape from Furnace 2
By: Alexander Gordon Smith
Picking up where the first novel left off Alex and his fellow escapees are soon recaptured by the evil warden and his henchmen and whisked off to Solitary confinement. This was pretty much given away by the title and the fact that this is a trilogy, they were going to get away that easily.
Solitary is somewhat better than the previous novel Lockdown. The suspense and tension are ramped up much higher and done better but the dialog and character development still suffer from a lack of depth. There are plot holes and inconsistencies in the story but theyre not glaring so much as merely noticeable. As an example; some of the physical feats (long runs, high climbs, extreme exertion) later in the story would certainly be impossible due to the physical condition the prisoners are in.
This novel is recommended for readers in grades 7 – 9 and I think thats a good fit though it would probably also hold the interest of older students and adults. Solitary and the rest of the trilogy probably wont win any literary awards but theyre worth reading.
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