Reading level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse (August 30, 2011)
Sometimes sorry isn't enough....
It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is
as it seems... Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him,
there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s
nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something
cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s
only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay.
I had the privilege of meeting the author and listening to her talk about FURY and upon it's description I knew I wanted to read it. Being a fan of Greek mythology I was more than eager for a new concept that would take me away from vampires, weres and faeries and offer me something enticing that I could relish and enjoy.
For fear of having the Furies relish their brand of justice upon me I know that I must tell the truth and admit to my disappointment in reading this debut novel. I had high hopes for this novel considering it's amazing packaging and how much it was advertised, yet I could not relate to this story nor it's characters.
In regards to the story...although the characters involved committed sins and some more despicable than others, I did not feel that their actions merited the harsh hand the the furies would deliver. It felt like a brand of vigilante justice that only left me perplexed and unjustified. This fact along with others did not make this story work for me. Fury, seemed to rely heavily on situations that were manifested for shock value that seemed cheap and overplayed instead of building a storyline that I could wholly invest myself in and feel sympathy for the main characters involved.
Elizabeth Miles had a good concept on her hands but somehow it did not reach it's full potential. I really wanted to enjoy FURY especially since the later half of the book picked up considerable speed and seemed to have piqued my interest, but it wasn't enough to make up for the overall presentation.
If a book cover can get you motivated into picking it up then FURY by Elizabeth Miles fits that bill, for it is beautiful and enticing. Yet, sometimes beautiful is not enough.