by Charlotte McConaghy
Series: The Cure #1
Published by Momentum Books- Pan Macmillan Release date : March 25th 2014
Genres: Dystopian, New Adult
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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.
I received this book for free from The Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Fury is one of those rare and precious finds. Having not even heard of this book before the tour sign ups. I was sucked in by the premise, and jumped at the chance to read it. Let me tell you – this book will blow you away. It’s dark, disturbing, sorrowful and powerful.
Imagine a world where anger is nonexistent. By given a serum to rid individuals of anger, what would be left? Would it be peaceful? Would everyone be happy? Or would everyone who was given this “cure” be mindless, shelled individuals? What do you feel, if anger is no longer there?
In Fury, all individuals are given the “cure” at age 15. Those whom are “uncured” are feared as wild and violent – and usually killed. Josie, is uncured. But there is more to Josie than meets the eye. At the same time every year during the Blood Moon, she wakes up naked, badly bruised and with no recollection of the previous 24 hours.
Honestly, there is so much going on Fury to skim over and not discuss. We have the Government mandating this serum, to “cure” each individual. We have Josie, who like I mentioned, blacks out and loses herself for 24 hours each year (and what she does will make you shudder). We have Luke, the sole person to SEE Josie and offer to help. There is propaganda, secrets and test subjects. Then we have the touchy subjects of suicide, abuse and murder. Not to mention, the slow intense burning romance.
We have 3 POV’s in the story – Josie, Luke and Anthony; alternating between the past and present – primarily from Josie’s view – as she explains events over the past year and how she winds up in the asylum. Slowly, pieces of each of their lives are woven together and the world starts to come into clear view as the book progressed. This writing style in actually one of my favorites. It is quite easy to get lost and confused reading books this way, and the execution has to be perfect. And in Fury, it was. Plus, this minimizes info dump, since we learn about the world and characters slowly, over time.
Each character is complex, intense and I loved em all. Josie especially. She is strong, smart and beautiful. My heart just ached for her, having to deal with that she does, what has happened to her, and her internal battle of whether or not to end it all. Luke, too. Of all the characters, he had the most complex life and characteristics. There were many times where I was just as confused as Josie was, even after learning about majority of his secrets. Anthony, the psychologist. Now, it took me more time than I would like to admit his overall role in everything.
The romance in the story is a major factor in the book. In most cases, the romances in dystopians have been lackluster for me. In Fury, it was one of my favorites. It’s slow and intense. All consuming, powerful and raw. It left me hopeful, sad and smiling at the same time. Truly, beautiful.
One thing that make me nervous about Fury was balance. I am a firm believer that there NEEDS to be balance. So, how could one feel happiness, without anger? How Charlotte created the repercussions of this serum was brilliant. All emotions are in essence, connected, so if you remove one it’s a domino effect. It took some time to fully understand how these “cured” individual’s thought, but once I did? Brilliant.
As I said, there is a lot going on. As much as I feel I need to talk about each small thing in this book, there isn’t enough time in the day. And really, you need to experience the full effect of this novel on your own.
– My Peeve –
Not really a peeve but I must mention it anyway. There was one thing towards the end that Luke did, that even still, I have no idea why. I just can’t comprehend what the hell he was thinking. The REAL peeve? The ending. It’s not bad by any means, so don’t go there. But I was hoping for a few more answers and HI CLIFFHANGER.
– Overall –
I absolutely loved it. Charlotte has created a mater piece. Intense, powerful and full of raw passion, this is a must read.
– Recommend –
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