Previously published on my blog: http://fictionfervor.wordpress.com/2012/07/03/review-fury-by-elizabeth-miles/
Fury took me by surprise. I wasn't expecting much from this book, and the only thing I really knew about it was that it was about the Furies from Greek mythology. Great idea, but when I first opened the book, I wasn't sure how Elizabeth Miles was going to work it out.
But Fury is such a haunting debut-one that constantly finds ways to surprise you when you're off guard.
I was really enchanted with the idea this book was set on: three girls-the Furies-haunt a town where they inflict revenge on people who make deadly mistakes. For instance, take Em and Chase. Em cheated with her best friend's boyfriend; and Chase publicly humiliated his childhood friend, leading to her suicide. So when a girl starts stalking Em and embarrassing photos of Chase are shown around school, you know that the Furies are out to get them. Because someone has to pay.
I love the Furies. Even though they're so EVIL and so CRUEL, I love them. Because they're interesting characters whose complete lack of compassion makes them the perfect villains. The normal kids, however, aren't exactly so interesting. I was often fed up with Em-she always acted like a "nice" kind of person, yet she kissed her best friend's boyfriend (I mean, hello?)-and while I felt like Chase was more of a round character, he was always so caught up in being perfect and being part of the in-crowd. Really, I don't think high school drama is THAT big of a deal.
I hated Zach. The end. Gabby was a very flat character too, serving only as Em's best friend and popular girl. But I loved JD. I'm sorry, I always fall for the guy-who's-the-girl's-childhood-friend type. Because it's always so hilarious that the girl never realized, and the guy is always so sweet and understanding. Makes me want to squeal.
What I was really surprised about this book was the sort of horror aspect to it. Mind you, it's not incredibly scary, really, but I've always had a certain paranoia with stalkers. Sometimes I feel like someone's staring at me, and I turn around to see no one there ... Yes, freaky. But yeah, since Em had to deal a lot with one of the Furies stalking her, it freaked me out. Probably it's just me, though, haha.
And, lastly, the book was a tad bit predictable at times. I could figure out what was going to happen at several times, but other times the book really did throw me completely off guard. Strange, eh?
Fury was a fantastic take on Greek mythology-one that took more of a haunting quality to it. Though the characters felt underdeveloped, the idea and plotline were remarkable. I would be glad to get my hands on the sequel.
Source: ARC won from giveawayshow more