Fury is the first book in the Fury Trilogy by Elizabeth Miles. It was published on 1st September by Simon and Schuster and the book is 384 pages long.
Em Winters and Chase Singer discover that a little guilt isn't the only consequence of doing wrong. After Em hooks up with her best friend's boyfriend and Chase's secret harassment of a social outcast spirals out of control, three mysterious Furies-paranormal creatures that often assume the form of beautiful women-come to town to make sure that Em and Chase get what they deserve. Not everyone will survive-and those who do will discover there are worse punishments than death. But when Em befriends outcast Drea and learns more about who and what the Furies really are, she becomes resolved above all to take them down and stop their plans. Little does Em know that, by confronting the Furies, she could become inextricably bound to them for life.
What I thought
I am a big fan of Greek mythology and when I found out there was a book all about Furies, I couldn't wait to read it!
Fury didn't start off very well for me as the story took a long time to really get going. I was reading and reading thinking something exciting is bound to happen soon and it never did. Initially, we are introduced to the main characters of the book, Em and Chase, who have alternating chapters. Em is the real main character but I didn't like her at all. Although she tried to act like a good friend, it doesn't take long for it to become clear that she likes her best friend's boyfriend and that she plans to do something about it. Right there, I decided I kind of hated Em and thought that she deserved anything she was about to get for what she did. The only thing she was really bothered about was making sure no one found out what she did and even though she said she felt guilty and sorry for what she did, I didn't exactly believe her. I really don't think that she was a good female character at all and I can see many girls not liking her because of what she did.
Chase on the other hand, I loved. Unfortunately though, even though he gets every other chapter to himself, he isn't really featured enough. His back story and what is happening around him was much more interesting than the same about Em. I wanted to know why these things were happening to him and what he had done in the past. Although this is explained, I would have liked for it to be expanded on more instead of giving more time to Em. Chase was a really interesting character because nothing is ever fully revealed about him. He is really a bit of a mystery and I loved this about him. Something that I did find to be a good idea was intertwining Chase and Em's stories and eventually making them a part of each other instead of being completely separate.
Even though this book is called Fury, the furies themselves do not actually feature nearly enough. The whole idea of the Furies wasn't even explained too much and it should have been. You don't find out what they are until way into the book and even then, the reasoning for them is quite rushed, like it is nearly skipped over completely – or would have been if the author could have gotten away with it. An explanation is given of what Furies are and what they do and why but there is no real sense of danger. It never once seemed clear to me that these things could totally mess with your lives and make them hell on Earth. Instead, they just seemed like a small annoyance hiding in the back of a story.
The plot, on the whole, was extremely slow going and it dragged... a lot. Everything was this massive build up to really finding out what was going on with Em and Chase but it never really amounted to anything. There is all of this (teenage) drama going on and I was reading the whole time thinking that it would get really exciting and different at any minute but that change never came. The story did get a little more interesting part way through because of there being a lot of mystery surrounding Chase but they didn't even last very long. I think I was expecting a completely different book than what I got in the end and I can't say that it was a good thing either.
Although it sounds like I really didn't like this book, it wasn't completely terrible. The initial idea was a good one and I think the Furies will have a much bigger part in the last two books of this trilogy. Things did get a lot more interesting right at the end and I will still be reading the next book to see what happens.