Krista Reviews: Charlotte McConaghy's - "Fury"

mcconaghy_Fury_coverWhen emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn’t been cured.
It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.

Until Luke.

He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises.
But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.

Kindle Edition, 1st, 348 pages

Published March 25th 2014 by Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan

Fury is a story about Josephine trying to come to terms with the fact that she is unlike anybody else. Stories of her past and present day interweave and we meet the people who try to help her, and those who try to destroy her.  We also get bits of information about how the world has changed and what caused people’s emotions to be erased.

The fact that the novel is told from three different perspectives means that we get to see different sides of Josephine and how she deals with what happens to her every year. My favorite parts of the story were from Anthony’s–her therapist’s– perspective.  Through Anthony, I was able to get more of an idea of the world outside Luke and Josephine’s relationship. His perspective gave me a better understanding to how the “emotions” play out in this world. Though people can feel no anger, there sure were a lot of really mean, abusive people in Josephine’s life.

I felt that the book was a mesh of two different stories. The dystopia (where people are mindless drones) was a fully-conceived separate idea from that of the Fury and its yearly release within Josephine. The combination of the two ideas was interesting, but I found myself a little perplexed with Josephine and how she viewed her world.

What I loved about the story was when the Fury was released within Josephine. It was scary, dark, and gory. I was gripped by suspense, waiting for the next time it would happen and to see how far it would go. It was never disappointing.

I recommend the book to those who enjoy dystopian horror stories. There was some romance as well, and Luke was a fun love interest with secrets of his own. Overall, it’s a pretty fast paced novel that delves deep into Josephine’s past and emotional well-being. 

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