ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE reading level information

bookcovers from the ESCAPE FROM THE FURNACE series by Alexander Gordon Smith

Alexander Gordon Smith has penned this exciting guy-friendly series which is part INCARCERON, part MAZE RUNNER. (links goto the series booklist)

The premise is nightmarish.  Kids, who are not subject to the regular trial system, are sentenced to life imprisonment in a jail one mile beneath the earth's surface.  This jail is manned by an evil staff, including some creatures that are decidedly inhuman.


4.09 Stars from 5,514 GoodReaders

In this book, the reader is introduced to Alex Sawyer.  Alex is convicted of a murder he didn't commit and is sentenced to The Furnace, with no hope of parole.  Conditions are horrible... and creepy.  There are humanoid creatures in gas masks that stalk the corridors at night.  And giants in black suits that randomly seize screaming inmates from their cells, never to return.

It isn't long until Alex realizes that he has two choices.  Die in this hell, or excape.

Word Count: 74,294
Page Count:  304
Accelerated Reading level: 6.5 / points: 12.0
AR quiz: 135875
Lexile: 1010L
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4.14 Stars from 2,073 GoodReaders

They thought they had escaped.  Unfortunately, they had only gone deeper into the prison: into solitary confinement.  Solitary is where the creepy gets creepier.  Where nightmares come alive.  Where there are things worse than the warden and the Wheezers.

Word Count: 63,504
Accelerated Reading level: 6.5 / points: 10.0
AR quiz: 141390
Lexile: 960L
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4.26 Stars from 1,560 GoodReaders

It happens!  Alex becomes what he fears most in the labs.  They pump stuff in his veins and he becomes one of 'them' --a servant of the warden.  A monster.

Word Count: 73,918
Accelerated Reading level: 6.7 / points: 12.0 
AR quiz: 145215
Lexile: 960L
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4.17 Stars from 946 GoodReaders

Alex is out, but not free.  No, he's still in the grips of the poison in his blood and now he's hunted by dark creatures, who along with police try to find him and the others. 

With time running out, Alex realizes that there may be only one solution.  Find Alfred Furnace before Furnace's creatures find him.

Word Count: 78,150
Accelerated Reading level: 6.5 / points: 13.0
AR quiz: 149823
Lexile: 950L
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4.35 Stars from 581 GoodReaders

It happens.  Furnace's war is won.  He is now master of the world, and Alex is the only one who may be able to stop him making the earth a living (and dying) hell.  Only problem is that Alex is a now a monster.

Word Count: 89,681
Accelerated Reading level: 6.3 / points: 15.0
AR quiz: 155430
Lexile: 910L

THE NIGHT CHILDREN: An Escape From Furnace Story
3.96 Stars from 127 GoodReaders

This story gives some background on where various characters originated.  This prequel goes back to WWII.

EPILOGUE  (Escape From Furnace, #5.5)
4.33 Stars from 39 GoodReaders

This story is available for FREE as an online .pdf.

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