Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 is NOT for Summer Reading

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Summer is the time for reading action books for fun. Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 is an action book, but the darkness and the length of the book make it difficult to like.

Summer is the time for reading action books for fun. Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 is an action book, but the darkness and the length of the book make it difficult to like.

The story is about three prisoners breaking out of the Furnace Penitentiary. Parts of the story lead you to think they are being helped breaking out of prison even though the main characters think they broke out of prison themselves. Also, the book makes you wonder if Alfred Furnace, the villain of the story, is using them to set in place a bigger plan of his own. Is it safer inside the prison rather than out?

I didn’t like Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4. I think the story could be written in fewer pages rather than than 277 pages and could still be filled with the same amount of action. It was really wordy. Some of the writing in the book didn’t feel necessary. From page 240 to the end was good, but the story up to that point was pretty boring.

This book is very dark. Lots of people get hurt and die in very bloody and gory ways. The story is filled with a lot more violence than is needed.

The book has foul language at times. It gives good descriptions, but they are really bloody. It uses phrases that are hard to understand so you might have to read them over a couple of times. I lost track of one of the lead characters at the end of the book. It didn’t tell you anything about what happens to that character. This might be because there is one more book remaining in the series.

I didn’t read the first three books. The book assumes you know what happened before this book. It tells you how only Alex, the main character, ended up in jail in one sentence. It doesn’t give you too much information. This book isn’t a complete story. It leads into the next book. Readers will want to start with the first book.

Fugitives: Escape from Furnace 4 is for kids 12 and older. Even at this age, some of the parts are still very disturbing and frightening. The level of reading difficulty is also for kids 12 and older. This book would be good for older kids who like dark, creepy, adventurous science fiction.