Release date: 1st September 2011
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy / Horror
Target audience: 12+
UK Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Fury is a high school drama with terrifying paranormal twist. Enter the three furies... I can tell you this book was no Disney story. It actually gave me the creeps!
Written in the third person, Fury follows two main characters: Emily and Chase. The chapters alternate between their character journeys. Emily is a privileged popular girl, she is pretty and likeable. Along with her best friend Gabby, she rules the social circuit. But Emily is not shallow and superficial. She is actually really nice. I warmed to her immediately. Chase is a star football player. He’s captain of the team and popular with the girls. But Chase is extraordinarily image conscious. His lives on a trailer park on the outskirts of town and has to scrape together the money to keep up his preppy image. I really liked Chase too. Miles elicits the reader’s sympathy for the two Juniors by giving them tangible issues to struggle with.
Emily has fallen for Gabby’s boyfriend Zach. She knows he is off limits but he keeps flirting with her and she can’t stop thinking about him. Miles portrays Gabby as rather self-centred. She is a character of two halves. On the one hand she does charitable things. On the other she fusses over material things and what she wants for Christmas. So despite the fact that we know Emily’s betrayal is wrong, we still also have a lot of sympathy for her. The same can be said of Chase but he’s sin is less obvious and slowly unravels as the plot moves forward.
I can honestly say that I have not read a book like Fury before. I had no idea how it was going to end. That I guess is because it at times is more horror, than paranormal teen angst story. I had no pre-existing knowledge of the genre conventions. There are the three fury figures that punish the sinners of Ascension – the town where Emily and Chase live. The furies are beautiful and ruthless. They gave me the heebeejeebies: think derelict buildings, ghostly knockings and strange voices. I was reading Part 3 in bed and I had to stop because it was horribly eerie. Horror fans will probably see this as tame as a moonlight stroll. For me, it was a serial killer in the bathroom. But despite this, I still found it an absorbing read. I wanted to get to the end. I really wanted the two characters to find redemption for their sins. You’ll have to read it to find out if they do...
Fury was an easy read, it was a page-turner and the writing was of a good standard. The teen voices didn’t grate on my nerves like some of the commercial paranormal fiction out there in the market. I can’t exactly say that I loved this book. I mean, it was too unnerving and a little outside of my comfort zone. But I can say that I was completely riveted. It was dark and twisted and explored the idea that some choices are unforgivable. Intriguing and also rather sinister...
Thanks to Simon and Schuster for sending the book to review.