Title: The Fury
Series: The Fury, #1
Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
Date(s) read: July 20, 2013
Genre: YA Horror
Source: Publisher (ARC)
From the creator of the Escape from Furnace series, a ferocious epic of supernatural terror, perfect for Stephen King fans
Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you, if every person you know, every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage . . . That’s the horrifying reality for Cal, Brick, and Daisy. Friends, family, even moms and dads, are out to get them. Their world has the Fury. It will not rest until they are dead.
In Alexander Gordon Smith’s adrenaline-fueled saga, Cal and the others must uncover the truth about what is happening before it destroys them all. But survival comes at a cost. In their search for answers, what they discover will launch them into battle with an enemy of unimaginable power.
Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan’s Children’s Publishing Group for an eCopy of this for review!
I hate that I have to write this review, since I kind of love Alexander Gordon Smith’s series Escape From Furnace and was hoping for SO MUCH from this book, but unfortunately it fell flat for me.
The synopsis for this story is incredibly good and really pulled me into the story. I was so happy to see it up on NetGalley and was very excited to start something that could be completely terrifying. The problem with this book, for me, was that it was just so long. I really loved the beginning and how the story was set up — to suddenly have the world turn against you, as if something switched on (or off) in their brain, making them hate you SO MUCH, enough to kill you — was absolutely horrifying. I was hooked by the first few pages of the story, but from there it seemed to drag.
There are a LOT of narrators in this story. I feel that we could’ve done with only one narrator, or even just an outside narrator, rather than having parts that are so short from the perspective of one person. It really broke up the story and made it longer than it was (and this is a long book at close to 600 pages!). I did like the characters for the most part, but found that there wasn’t enough there for me to want to root for anyone in particular. Along with the numerous narrators, there was also a lot of characters which was hard to keep track of after a while.
The other part that I didn’t like was that the horror of the story — like what happens in the first few pages — happens QUITE often. It always seemed to be the same thing — someone would come up to these characters whose lives were on the line, they would start to slur, and then they would try to kill them. It was the same thing over and over again. I kind of wish something different had happened — I mean, once we know that this is how other characters are going to react to the main characters, we don’t need to see it all the time.
Unfortunately, this is one of those series that I don’t think I’ll be continuing with. I will, however, continue to recommend the Escape From Furnace series to people because that series starts off with a bang and just gets better and better. I can only hope that the future works of Alexander Gordon Smith are up to that calibre.