Title: The Fury
Author: Alexander Gordon Smith
Series: The Fury #1
Published: April 5th, 2012
Available formats: paperback, hardcover, ebook
Genre: Horror, Zombie, Dystopian
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you.
Every single person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage, hell-bent on killing you – and only you.
Friends, family, even your mum and dad, will turn on you. They will murder you.
And when they have, they will go back to their lives as if nothing has happened.
The world has the Fury.
It will not rest until you are dead.
Cal, Brick and Daisy are three ordinary teenagers whose lives suddenly take a terrifying turn for the worst. They begin to trigger a reaction in everybody they meet, one that makes friends and strangers alike turn rabid whenever they are close. One that makes people want to tear them to pieces
Cal and the other victims of the Fury – the ones that survive – manage to locate each other. But just when they think they have found a safe place to hide from the world, some of them begin to change…
They must fight to uncover the truth about the Fury before it’s too late. But it is a truth that will destroy everything they know about life and death.
Story-line: What if one day everyone around you turned on you and treated you as if you didn’t belong? Even worse, what if they decided that tearing you apart was perfectly acceptable and everyone is now your enemy? I felt that the story line in the novel was good, but the constant changes in point of view threw me off a bit. I would really be getting into the book when suddenly BAM! We had a new point of view. This is the main reason I felt this book was a four star read instead of five.
Writing: Alexander Gordon Smith has a way of writing that can express funny, realistic heartfelt scenes in one moment and in the next write a scary, gory scene that has you sitting on the edge of your seat. The gore factor in this one wasn’t toned down and I enjoyed it more because of this. There were a few scenes that genuinely creeped me out a bit.
Characters: The story is told by three main characters named Cal, Brick, and Daisy although more come into the story as it progresses. The characters were different enough that I never became confused as to who was who. They each contributed to the story and I found myself enjoying all of them as the story developed.
Originality: This one was pretty original and I liked the concept of the book. It was a fun twist on a horror dystopian seemed to blend both genres effortlessly.
Ending:I liked that the book ended on a good note and many of the loose ends were tied up. I enjoy a first book in a series more when the book allows me to decide whether or not I want to read the sequel rather than hitting me with a huge cliffhanger that makes me feel obligated to read the second one. This book has allowed me the choice of whether or not to continue on with the series and I wholeheartedly plan on it.
Extras: The book flowed well and was overall entertaining. Highly recommended.