June 3, 2014

Fury (Book One of The Cure) by Charlotte McConaghy ~ Blog Tour: Review & Giveaway


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

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.

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Fury has a premise that's really interesting because it makes me think about what society would be like if the government decided to start removing certain emotions from humanity. In this novel, the government has decided to "cure" anger, and sadness is possibly next. From there, where would they stop and what would be the unforeseen consequences?   

The mystery of Josephine and the blood moon kept me eagerly engaged in the story. There's an obvious possibility that I couldn't help but keep in mind throughout Fury. There's something different about Luke, because even though he has received "the cure" he still wants to help Josephine figure out what happens to her every year. I wanted to know what was different about him and why.     

The only issue I have with Fury is that anger is supposed to be the only emotion removed, yet there are still people attacking other people while onlookers don't do anything about it. For example, Josephine gets a job at a casino serving drinks and rebuffs one of the customer's advances. He corners her in the bathroom and attempts to rape her while a coworker of Josephine's walks in on them and walks away without a word. Where was her compassion? I get she doesn't get angry anymore, but surely she still has some compassion. 

Overall, Fury is a book I enjoyed and with the ending, I'm looking forward to reading the next book. I can tell there's a lot more story to unfold, and I'm ready for it! 

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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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  1. It is an interesting premise, what happens when human nature is tweaked until we're more like an ant colony than individuals. Have you watched Joss Weadon's movie, Serenity? I remember you possibly saying Firefly is on your list so maybe you haven't seen it, but this story reminds me of that movie a bit. The compassion comment is interesting. Do they zap emotions or just get rid of anger? I read that anger is a secondary emotion, first you have sadness or fear and anger comes after. Great review, Jennifer!

    1. I haven't seen it yet because I need to see Firefly, and Brady doesn't want to watch it with me because it's not Buffy, lol. In the synopsis, it says people have been turned into emotionless drones, but while reading, I found out only anger had been "cured" and that sadness might be "cured" next. It's an injection. There's so many possibilities to consider - and I don't think the government would stop at just anger. If that really happened, I think they'd go after sadness, despair, and depression, which actually brings me to a new idea - why not create an injection for depression or anxiety rather than anger? I love books like this that make me think. Thanks, Robyn! :)

  2. You're welcome, Candace! :)

  3. Does sound really good, Twilight meets Hunger Games

  4. Also reminds me of Equilibrium

    1. I haven't seen that yet. Was it good?

  5. Yeah, it reminds me of the Delirium series in a way. Removing one emotion would be so hard to pull off since there are others that are so closely related. I agree about the compassion thing. That would be hard for me to understand as well. I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I bet it was interesting. Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven.

    1. What I really like most about books that tackle these kinds of what ifs are the way they make me think. Eek, and they were saying sadness might be next! I don't think anger and compassion are so related that removing anger would remove compassion, too, but like you said, it's so hard to pull off removing one emotion when they're interconnected. Thanks for stopping by, Jaclyn! :)

  6. This book sounds really interesting and has a really good storyline. I have read some great reviews so far. Great post Jennifer :)

    Chanzie @ Mean Who You Are.

    1. Thanks, Chanzie! I hope you get a chance to read it - it'll make you think about what society would be like if anger was removed and what the implications of that would be. Thanks again! :)

  7. Fury sounds very promising! And I love the title, it's powerful and I imagine hell breaking loose.
    You're right about compassion. It's a whole another feeling, but then again without anger she may not felt so strongly about compassion. If that makes sense!

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

    1. Yes, it was, and the next book could be even better so looking forward to that. :) That's true - I wracked my brain trying to think of how anger and compassion are related because all emotions are interconnected but couldn't think of how they'd affect each other. So, yeah, what you said makes a lot of sense. Thanks, Athina! :)


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