Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Review: Fury by Charlotte McConaghy (Giveaway)


Fury: Book 1 of The Cure by Charlotte McConaghy
348 pages, Published March 25th, 2014 by Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan

In the tradition of Divergent comes a novel about a world where negative emotions are stolen ... and only those with fury can stand up and fight.

Eighteen-year-old Josephine Luquet wakes naked and covered in blood that is not hers on the same day every year—when the blood moon is full. Josi has not responded to the "Cure"—an immunization against anger mandated by the government—and believes herself to be a threat to others.

Then she meets Luke. Luke has had the Cure but seems different to the other "drones"—and he's dead set on helping Josi discover the truth about herself before the next blood moon.

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.

My Review:

One of the most amazing aspects of reviewing books is that often times you come across a book that you might have other wise never had the chance to read. If you are really lucky, it turns out to be an AMAZING book that you want to share with the world. Fury by Charlotte McConaghy is one of those books. 

From the second you begin to read Fury you are sucked in. I knew I was going to love this book from the first few words. It helps that the writing is utterly wonderful! I normally don't share book openings in my reviews but this one deserves to be spotlighted. 

I am a flame of fury. The last flickering flame in a 
world long since burned out. I have rage threaded
through my skin, whispering against my ears, tied
tightly around each one of my bones. My eyes, one
brown and one blue, leak with it. 
Most of the times it frightens me.
But sometimes I like it. 

If that alone doesn't make you want to run and pick up this book then I don't know what will! The rest of the writing was just as brilliant. Most times the writing was poetic and when it wasn't it was hilarious! I laughed so many times out load while reading this book. Josephine's retorts and sarcastic comments were right up my alley. They brought a bit of light to such a dark circumstance. 

I loved the world and the idea behind it. The idea that we as humans would try to remove negative emotions is not completely foreign. We have medication to help with "sadness" and medicine to help deal with angry mood swings. Even in today's society we attempt to find ways to get rid of the bad emotions and only keep the good ones. But that brings up the question: can we know one without the other? I think we can to some extent but I also think we feel are biggest highs when we know what our lowest lows have felt like. I think the author did a great job of presenting the idea that removing one emotion damages the rest of us because if we cannot feel we cannot truly live. 

I know a great majority of people are not a fan of multiple POVs but I am in the minority. When done right it can bring so many dimensions to the story. I loved all three of the perspectives. We got to see Josephine as she sees herself and then we see her in two different lights. The way Luke sees her and the way Anthony sees her. This made Josephine so much more real. In life there are many different sides to a story and this also applies to people. I didn't think any of the characters fell flat and I give a lot of credit to Charlotte for keeping me interested in the story all three had to say. 

This book was crazy intense and action packed. There was not really a moment of complete peace and I loved that because it kept you on your toes. It made you unable to relax while reading this book because the second you were about to something new would smack you in the face! It is one of those stories that you want to continue reading but are nervous to turn the page. There were a few times that I put down my kindle, paced around my living room, grabbed a drink and THEN braved picking it up again. There is no way you can read this book and not become emotionally invested in the world, the characters and the outcome. 

The only bone I have to pick with Fury is the GIANT cliffhanger at the end! REALLY? I needed more! Definitely one of those books that could have been 1000 pages and I still would have devoured it! 

Please go out and buy yourself a copy! It is a thrilling story from start to end. It will keep you on your toes. A new favorite of mine! 


About the Author:

Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.

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  1. I'm so glad you loved this one so much! Thanks so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Great review, Kristen! My favorite bit: "But that brings up the question: can we know one without the other?" That is the whole crux of the story, right? If you give up one emotion, how does the balance out. It's really reflected in that scene in the bar.

    Terri M.
    Second Run Reviews

    1. Thanks so much Terri for stopping by!
      I am so glad you enjoyed the review! I think I loved that part most. I love when books make you question things like that. I think we have all those emotions for a reason and to remove one just doesn't work out. I think I'd miss sadness the most though! I think it is so therapeutic sometimes to feel sad and to let yourself cry. haha