Book Review #26 + Blog Tour: Fury by Charlotte McConaghy

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“What was once known as a normal human emotion can now be categorized differently–namely, as a disease that is contracted upon the development of the brain in early childhood. …Humanity, as a race, would function at a far superior level, both physically and socially, if this disease could be cured.” Fury, page 44.

Fury: Book 1 of The Cure
by Charlotte McConaghy
348 pages,
Published March 25, 2014
by Momentum Books,
Pan Macmillan


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I devoured Fury by Charlotte McConaghy. I received my review copy and inhaled the book in three days. Then lamented the fact I wouldn’t be sharing my thoughts about the book until June! I then promptly went to GoodReads and recommended it to a BUNCH of friends with the note that if they felt there was something lacking in the Divergent series (or even if they were fans) they NEED to read Fury.

Josephine’s story is told in a series of flashbacks until the current timeline catches up with the past from three different points of view–Josephine, Anthony (her therapist) and Luke. They live in a dystopian world where anger is considered a disease and the result of a world without anger is lopsided emotionally. Each character has their own voice, thoughts and opinions about the Cured world. McConaghy does a marvelous job of making each character unique and uses each one to advance the storyline in a way the begs the reader to turn the page.

The absence of anger in some humans and the presence of it in others is the driving force of the plot. It brings the characters together, for better or worse, and creates friction and chemistry. The government also plays a bit of a part in the novel, but the main goal of book one is to allow the reader to become familiar with the main characters and a world without anger. There is just a touch about the political dissent that the Cure has brought about (just enough to whet your appetite). That whiff of the larger game is laid out as one reaches the dramatic conclusion and may have some screaming, WHEN DOES BOOK 2 COME OUT?!

McConaghy has created a world that is intriguing and characters that are real. The book moves at breakneck speed and comes to an end with a moving cliffhanger. I give Fury by Charlotte McConaghy a thumbs up and I look forward to the next book in the series.

Note: The relationship between Josephine and Luke does become physical on a level that some may deem inappropriate for a younger audiences. At times, it was, for me, reminiscent of scenes I’ve read in racier Harlequin Romance novels. While I was not offended, I know some might so if you don’t like racey bits in your books, you might want to pass on this one.

About the Book

In the tradition of Divergent comes a novel about a world where negative emotions are stolen … and only those with fury can stand up and fight.

Eighteen-year-old Josephine Luquet wakes naked and covered in blood that is not hers on the same day every year—when the blood moon is full. Josi has not responded to the “Cure”—an immunization against anger mandated by the government—and believes herself to be a threat to others.

Then she meets Luke. Luke has had the Cure but seems different to the other “drones”—and he’s dead set on helping Josi discover the truth about herself before the next blood moon.

But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.

About the Author

Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.

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5 responses to “Book Review #26 + Blog Tour: Fury by Charlotte McConaghy

  1. Yes to everything you say here! I loved Fury and I do think it has what it takes to be more than Divergent. I can’t wait to read the sequel and see what happens to Luke and Josephine. <3