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The Fury Hardcover – July 23, 2013
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Gr 7 Up–The Fury seemingly infests everyone but a small group of teens. Coming within 30 yards of other people sets off an instantaneous change, causing them to become rabid, violent monsters. The kids take refuge in a crumbling, abandoned amusement park to avoid contact with the “ferals.” Meanwhile, an undead corpse has unleashed an otherworldly storm that is consuming central London. As the teens discover new powers growing within them, they learn that they are to fight the storm and save humanity, even if humanity wants them dead. While fantasy gives a writer license to violate the laws of physics, it still must have an internally consistent logic and, in some way, be believable. Smith's explanation for “The Fury,” that humans unconsciously detect the otherness of the teens; descend instantly into a mindless, murderous rage; and then completely forget all of it, just doesn't click. Why the teens develop their powers at vastly different times is also never explained. An exciting climax is followed by a denouement that just seems silly. But, like Smith's other works, this one is packed with action and violence and will appeal to many readers, especially teen males. Fans of the the author's “Escape from Furnace” series (Farrar) will ignore the flaws and enjoy the tension and thrills.–Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School Library, CAα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
This isn’t a joke. My girlfriend just tried to kill me, for no reason. Brick isn’t the only teen suddenly faced with this situation; it’s happening all over England. He finds a few kindred spirits, and together they each unleash an inner angel in order to defeat the dark power that causes normal people to be possessed by a mind-altering fury that moves them to murder. Action-packed short chapters whip this book along at breakneck speed, while the point of view bounces between a motley cast of teen characters who are tasked with saving the world from a creature known only as The Fury. There are noteworthy pauses in the action, as when one of the main characters talks to a priest about the nature of religion and angels, and during the final battle when one of the teens transforms into a glowing sphere of light. These pauses enhance rather than interrupt the flow, giving the book a surprisingly upbeat ending. Grades 7-10. --Cindy Welch
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I did read all of the ESCAPE FROM FURNACE series and they were OK so I am expecting this will be the same. NOTE: lots of violence. If you buy this for a teen be sure they are mature enough to handle it.