The Furyby Alexander Gordon Smith (Website, Facebook, Twitter)
Series: The Fury
Published by Farrar Straus Giroux, Macmillan on July 23, 2013
Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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.
What if everyone in the world turned against you? Not just suddenly hated you, but wanted to tear you limb from limb if they came within so many feet of you. Life is suddenly like that for Daisy, Cal, and Brick. One day, their lives are normal: Nearly thirteen-year-old Daisy is rehearsing for the school play with her friends and living with her loving parents, seventeen-year-old Cal is playing ball and living at home with his mother with a forever traveling for work father, and eighteen-year-old Brick splits his time between trying to keep his girlfriend happy and stave off the boredom at an abandoned amusement park. But suddenly, strangers and everyone physically close to the children turn on them. First they ignore them, then they are mean to them, then they full-on try to savagely murder the poor kids. Once the afflicted are out of range, they go about their business like nothing happened.
Brick is the first one to reach out on the internet, hoping to find others like himself that have been attacked. And he sets in motion the events of Cal finding Daisy while he’s heading towards the amusement park, and more of the different people that are targeted by The Fury to join together–to find what is making them different from everyone else, what’s making them so special.
While a small group of these afflicted kids are huddling together in the amusement park, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, an undead corpse is unleashing hell on London, sucking everything into a giant black hole. The body count is large in this book, and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a bit giddy to see so many go. One thing that I really loved about this horror novel was the uncensored bloodiness, the brutal reality of who and how many would die. It’s essentially war, people–the end of the world.
Told in third person point of view, mainly rotating from Cal to Daisy to Brick and cycling through again, you get a decent look at what’s going on with each character. Several more characters are focused on further into the book, but they just add to the story instead of detracting from the text. I was on the edge of my seat during most of the book because you just never knew who would die next. It was that unpredictable and I loved it.
The Fury was seriously one of the best books I’ve read in a few years. Dark, compelling, fantastic storytelling that I didn’t want to put down. A solid five out of five from my horror loving heart. Alexander Gordon Smith’s prose is fluid, not overly descriptive or wordy. I’m definitely going to check out his Furnace series now. He’s won me over.