Monday, June 17, 2013

ARC Review: The Fury (The Fury #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith

The blurb as seen on Goodreads:
Release Date: July 23, 2013
Publisher: Macmillan
688 Pages

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.

Well, that book was something. 

The Fury was creepy, dark, menacing and long. I mean, look at that cover! I loved the beginning, how we are instantly thrown into the story line with no warning. And what an opening chapter that was. A boy on his birthday is beaten to death by his sister and mom. I was instantly like, what is happening??

Over the next few chapters we meet our main group: Daisy, Cal and Brick. The only thing they have in common is that everyone is trying to kill them. They band together with a small group of other kids/teens who are also like them and over the course of the book they try to figure out why the world wants to kill them. Meanwhile in London, the city is being sucked into a black whole. 

I will not deny that Smith can write. He has a style that sucks you in and makes you want more, even while you are cringing at the scenes displayed before you. All of the characters were very distinct and strong in their own ways. Daisy and Cal were my two favorites by far and I looked forward to all the scenes with them. Their relationship together was by far the highlight.

The few issues I had with the book was first the length. There seemed to be scenes that were dragged out and stories that could have been told in half the time. The second was the ending. I don’t want to give anything away but it was just kind of like, really? That’s how they defeat evil. 

This was my first Gordon Smith book, but I am definitely intrigued to read others from him.

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