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WHAT Well then that was some finish thereThe Fury It doesn t seem to affect them unless one of us is close Then they just go mental, try and kill us They seriously try and rip us to pieces Cal, Brick and Diasy are all living normal lives before everyone in the world seems to turn on them.Suddenly everyone wants to kill them.They are consumed.By The Fury.So, If you re looking for a long book with a zombie apocalypse, with action, SUSPENSE, and no romance then this is fo WHAT Well then that was some finish thereThe Fury It doesn t seem to affect them unless one of us is close Then they just go mental, try and kill us They seriously try and rip us to pieces Cal, Brick and Diasy are all living normal lives before everyone in the world seems to turn on them.Suddenly everyone wants to kill them.They are consumed.By The Fury.So, If you re looking for a long book with a zombie apocalypse, with action, SUSPENSE, and no romance then this is for you There were a lot of things to like about this book I will admit, and as I don t frequent the zombie genre very often I was surprised by how much I actually did enjoy it That being said, there were a few aspects that did drag it down just a little bit WHAT I LIKED 1 The action and descriptions These zombies were scary and Alexander Gordon Smith did a really good job of portraying their dark and chilling persona.2 The characters I found having the different characters mainly Cal, Daisy and Brick with alternating POV s interesting and really kept the suspense going at some key moments.3 No romance A refreshing change and let the zombies take centre stage.4 The overall concept It was original, it was creepy and it was good.5 The mystery Luckily there are some answers at the end of this and you aren t left totally in the dark POSSIBLE ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT Length It could have been a bit shorter and seemed to drag on for longer than necessary in some places The supernatural aspect This could have been explained better.Conclusion In conclusion, even with it s slight flaws, I still really did enjoy reading The Fury It s a welcome new front in the YA genre that I would recommend to someone who wants a break from contemporary and is ready for some serious zombie action Alexander Gordon Smith is a Legend, he is one of the authors on my list that I will drop everything for As soon as one of his books arrive I have to pick it up and read I went out on the day it was released and bought my copy, delighted at it s size and in awe of it s amazingness I knew this was going to be good.If you follow my blog regularly, you will know I am a total wimp, I can t do horror or murder or things that go bump My imagination is a little over active and I end up seeing things Alexander Gordon Smith is a Legend, he is one of the authors on my list that I will drop everything for As soon as one of his books arrive I have to pick it up and read I went out on the day it was released and bought my copy, delighted at it s size and in awe of it s amazingness I knew this was going to be good.If you follow my blog regularly, you will know I am a total wimp, I can t do horror or murder or things that go bump My imagination is a little over active and I end up seeing things in every shadow So why am I excited about this book, you may well ask, simply because it is by Gordon and I know he tells an amazing story.This book is a bit like a crash site you know you shouldn t keep looking, but something pulls you in and you can t look away I was reading this biting my nails and gasping, fascinated yet completely horrified at the same time The book starts right in the heart of the action, Benny is being ignored by everyone, until something snaps and suddenly his own mother and sister are trying to kill him It s violent, it s bloody and it sends chills down your spine, but I had to know why, what was making this happen, where could it go from here This book is quite big at 530 pages, but it doesn t feel that long, the pages just fly by, every word captures your attention and pulls you in further I actually read this in 2 sittings, mainly because I made myself put it down when it got to about 7pm as I didn t want to read it too close to bedtime I could get nightmares PThis story is told from 3 main characters perspectives, Brick a tough looking 18 year old, Cal a football mad 17 year old and Daisy a sweet young 12 year old These characters are all so different yet somehow they work together really well Although he was the angry, keep to himself sort I actually really liked Brick, something about him made me think he really was a good guy Cal annoyed me at first, the everyone loves me attitude is something I can t stand, but that soon changes and he does endear himselfto me later Daisy is sweet, a bit naive and obviously very scared, a right little sweetheart, but again someone who you can tell has inner strength.There arecharacters introduced as you go on and the excitement builds with each one Rilke scared me, she is intense The very idea of this book is a lot of people s worst nightmare I m sure, I mean a lot of things in this world can scare us, but having the very people you love turn on you is just terrifying, finding that wherever you go someone will try to kill you I was utterly hooked by this book and I can t wait for the next installment, this one doesn t explain everything and sets up a lotquestions and I just have to know what happens I can see now why people like to be scared, my heart was racing, my blood pumping but I could not stop Just genius Seriously one of the best books I ve read in a few years Dark, compelling, fantastic storytelling that I didn t want to put down What if everyone in the world turned against you Not just suddenly hated you, but wanted to tear you limb from limb if they came within so many feet of you Life is suddenly like that for Daisy, Cal, and Brick One day, their lives are normal Nearly thirteen year old Daisy is rehearsing for the school play with her fri Seriously one of the best books I ve read in a few years Dark, compelling, fantastic storytelling that I didn t want to put down What if everyone in the world turned against you Not just suddenly hated you, but wanted to tear you limb from limb if they came within so many feet of you Life is suddenly like that for Daisy, Cal, and Brick One day, their lives are normal Nearly thirteen year old Daisy is rehearsing for the school play with her friends and living with her loving parents, seventeen year old Cal is playing ball and living at home with his mother with a forever traveling for work father, and eighteen year old Brick splits his time between trying to keep his girlfriend happy and stave off the boredom at an abandoned amusement park But suddenly, strangers and everyone physically close to the children turn on them First they ignore them, then they are mean to them, then they full on try to savagely murder the poor kids Once the afflicted are out of range, they go about their business like nothing happened.Brick is the first one to reach out on the internet, hoping to find others like himself that have been attacked And he sets in motion the events of Cal finding Daisy while he s heading towards the amusement park, andof the different people that are targeted by The Fury to join together to find what is making them different from everyone else, what s making them so special.While a small group of these afflicted kids are huddling together in the amusement park, trying to figure out what the hell is going on, an undead corpse is unleashing hell on London, sucking everything into a giant black hole The body count is large in this book, and I d be lying if I said I wasn t a bit giddy to see so many go One thing that I really loved about this horror novel was the uncensored bloodiness, the brutal reality of who and how many would die It s essentially war, people the end of the world.Told in third person point of view, mainly rotating from Cal to Daisy to Brick and cycling through again, you get a decent look at what s going on with each character Severalcharacters are focused on further into the book, but they just add to the story instead of detracting from the text I was on the edge of my seat during most of the book because you just never knew who would die next It was that unpredictable and I loved it.The Fury was seriously one of the best books I ve read in a few years Dark, compelling, fantastic storytelling that I didn t want to put down A solid five out of five from my horror loving heart Alexander Gordon Smith s prose is fluid, not overly descriptive or wordy I m definitely going to check out his Furnace series now He s won me over Also posted on Bewitched Bookworms First of all, can we just talk about that cover I love how unashamedly creepy it is though if it s too creepy and you favour something slightlytraditional, you can see the 2012 edition I didn t really know what to expect going into this, and I haven t read anything else by this author, although from what I understood his works have generally been well received What I got, then, was a solid read that actually offered something a little different.Life was normal for Cal, Brick and Daisy First of all, can we just talk about that cover I love how unashamedly creepy it is though if it s too creepy and you favour something slightlytraditional, you can see the 2012 edition I didn t really know what to expect going into this, and I haven t read anything else by this author, although from what I understood his works have generally been well received What I got, then, was a solid read that actually offered something a little different.Life was normal for Cal, Brick and Daisy until everyone suddenly turned on them for no reason Family, friends, complete and utter strangers literally everyone is after them, mindlessly attacking them, wanting nothing but their deaths This is the Fury In their struggle to find out what s happening, the three of them realise they re not the only ones that there are others who for some reason have also become potential victims But as they find out the truth, it becomes clear that they are in a war, and the power of their enemy means they all may well end up dead.I said before I didn t know what to expect when I started this I didn t expect it to be creepy I didn t expect it to be dark I certainly didn t expect the kind of ideas and world that are explored here Smith brings to life an engaging storyline and actually succeeds in making this chilling at specific moments I really liked his concept, finding his take on certain aspects to be different from the usual The synopsis doesn t give much away, and I think that s a good thing What I would comment on, however, is the length If there is one thing about this book, it is that it is so incredibly long In all fairness, I was short on time when reading this, but even so, I never felt a need to keep reading fully, so I did end up skimming chunks of it The Fury is told from multiple perspectives Cal, Brick and Daisy are the three main protagonists, but there are also some extra perspectives as well The range of characters here were, I felt, true to life some with weaker personalities, some stronger, brought to light by the harsh circumstances Smith played with my emotions here somewhat at the start, when I read from Brick s point of view, I was interested in readingof it Yet when it came to Cal, I didn t really feel anything But theI read, theI came to dislike Brick and actually really like Cal Not only that, I liked some of the relationships developed here All of these characters started out as complete strangers to one another, and yet they start to take protective roles Cal with Daisy, younger than him by several years, and Daisy with Adam, younger than her again Some of this was really sweet to see, which unfortunately could not be said of other characters I could mention but again, isn t this representative of life The Fury is quite a dark book and also somewhat emotional at timesparticularly with that ending It was an excessively long book, but despite this, it was one that I truly enjoyed This review is also posted on my blog. Good Lord do I wish they d stop giving me these And in writing this I notice there s an effing number after the title So not just one pointless book but a series Good Lord. Well, that book was something The Fury was creepy, dark, menacing and long I mean, look at that cover I loved the beginning, how we are instantly thrown into the story line with no warning And what an opening chapter that was A boy on his birthday is beaten to death by his sister and mom I was instantly like, what is happening Over the next few chapters we meet our main group Daisy, Cal and Brick The only thing they have in common is that everyone is trying to kill them They band toget Well, that book was something The Fury was creepy, dark, menacing and long I mean, look at that cover I loved the beginning, how we are instantly thrown into the story line with no warning And what an opening chapter that was A boy on his birthday is beaten to death by his sister and mom I was instantly like, what is happening Over the next few chapters we meet our main group Daisy, Cal and Brick The only thing they have in common is that everyone is trying to kill them They band together with a small group of other kids teens who are also like them and over the course of the book they try to figure out why the world wants to kill them Meanwhile in London, the city is being sucked into a black whole I will not deny that Smith can write He has a style that sucks you in and makes you want , even while you are cringing at the scenes displayed before you All of the characters were very distinct and strong in their own ways Daisy and Cal were my two favorites by far and I looked forward to all the scenes with them Their relationship together was by far the highlight.The few issues I had with the book was first the length There seemed to be scenes that were dragged out and stories that could have been told in half the time The second was the ending I don t want to give anything away but it was just kind of like, really That s how they defeat evil This was my first Gordon Smith book, but I am definitely intrigued to read others from him This review can also be seen here on my blog Review I enjoyed the first book in the Furnace series and for some reason never carried on I thought it would be interesting to see what else Alexander would come up with It s different in some ways for example, no prisons, a little supernatural twist , but it s similar that it s what you d definitely call a boy s book.So, one day, all Cal s friends try to kill him.Daisy s friends try to kill her Brick s girlfriend violently attacks him For some reason, everyone wants to kill these and s Review I enjoyed the first book in the Furnace series and for some reason never carried on I thought it would be interesting to see what else Alexander would come up with It s different in some ways for example, no prisons, a little supernatural twist , but it s similar that it s what you d definitely call a boy s book.So, one day, all Cal s friends try to kill him.Daisy s friends try to kill her Brick s girlfriend violently attacks him For some reason, everyone wants to kill these and some other teenagers, and there s not really much they can do to stop it Somehow, they band together with other people in similar circumstances, and must find out what s happening and what they can do to stop it But what they do find will change their perspectives on everything This isn t the clearest of summaries It could be anything But I was hoping for a lot of action, which I definitely got.The plot is set up very quickly There s purpose to everything that happens, and being a 500 page book, that s a lot There are some things I m not entirely sure about There seems to be teenagers from all over the country who manage to get to Furyville on their own, which I m not sure if that would be possible and there s not much explaining it, and there were a few other things that were a bit wait, what and not really connected to the main reveal at the end.The three main characters were well developed at the start, but I think some of the characters that were introduced later like Adam and Rilke could have had a little bitwork on them They did get backstories, but I just didn t really care for some of them.I like the way that each chapter 1 focused on a character and 2 had day, place and time clearly defined It made it a lot easier to keep track of everything The action scenes were really well written fast, and kept you reading on I read this in an entire sitting mainly because there was nothing else to do on a six hour ferry ride from France where all your friends are asleep or watching The Muppets and just couldn t put it down Everything was really well described, you may have well have been there, and there was some kind of action happening every few pages.The big thing at the end was a little anti climatic, but once you d got used to it, you liked it It left me with questions that I m hoping will be answered in book 2, because the general concept is very different to what you d expect from this kind of book and the way the rest of the book had been playing out.Overall Strength 4 tea to a book that is action action action throughout that kept me gripped from the start This was a big disappointment for me Smith is one of my favorite authors, and I was positive that this book would be packed with action I was right, at least for the first 150 pages The beginning was actually interesting, because it told the story of each of the main characters However, once the main characters group up, barely anything happens They just start arguing with each other about what they should do, and how they are going to operate Progression drops to a minimum during the midd This was a big disappointment for me Smith is one of my favorite authors, and I was positive that this book would be packed with action I was right, at least for the first 150 pages The beginning was actually interesting, because it told the story of each of the main characters However, once the main characters group up, barely anything happens They just start arguing with each other about what they should do, and how they are going to operate Progression drops to a minimum during the middle of the book Unfortunately, I ve given up on this book This review first appeared on The Book Zone For Boys blogThere are a handful of authors for whom I will drop everything to read their new book when it arrives Alexander Gordon Smith is one of them His Escape From Furnace series is not only one of my favourite series of recent years, but also one of my all time favourite series of YA horror books In my opinion he leaves most of the competition standing, and yes, I include Shan and Higson there.What I love most about the Furnace series, and no This review first appeared on The Book Zone For Boys blogThere are a handful of authors for whom I will drop everything to read their new book when it arrives Alexander Gordon Smith is one of them His Escape From Furnace series is not only one of my favourite series of recent years, but also one of my all time favourite series of YA horror books In my opinion he leaves most of the competition standing, and yes, I include Shan and Higson there.What I love most about the Furnace series, and now The Fury can be added to this as well, is the way Gordon for that is how he prefers to be known taps into the things that we fear the most I m not talking about spiders, rats, death here, but those primal fears that lurk deep with our psyches have done for millennia Loss of freedom, loss of identity, loss of the things that make us human were all themes covered in the Furnace books, and now in The Fury Gordon goes for the jugular and builds his story around a fear that nearly every child, teenager and adult fears deeply their friends and family, the people they love the most in the world, turning on them And we re not just talking playground bullying here, or petty arguments between friends In The Fury a handful of young people find their loved ones suddenly turning on them, chasing them and literally trying to pull them apart, like a pack of hyaenas slaughtering an isolated baby gazelle.In The Fury it is as if Alexander Gordon Smith has taken the whole zombie genre, put it in a blender, added his own twisted imagination and incredible talent in equal measures and pressed the on switch The result is something that is a gore filled, feral frenzy of a story, with an underlying theme that will have you thinking about it for weeks after the final page has been turned It is the book that puts Alexander Gordon Smith ahead of the pack in the race for the title of the Stephen King of YA horror.The blurb at the beginning of this review tells you pretty much all you need to know about the story, although I will clarify one major point Although similar in nature to the traditional zombie story it differs in one significant way there is not a zombie in sight, and this is what makes it eventerrifying Certain individuals suddenly find their nearest and dearest filled with a blood lust and a single minded desire to pound them into a bloody pulp, even if it means pain and injury to themselves in the process, and yet once the deed is done they immediately return to normal, as if some omnipotent being is turning their behave like a zombie switch on and off for fun So if you love horror, but are tired with the idea of legions of rotting, stumbling undead munching on brains, then this is the book for you.This is a 500 page book and yet it reads like something much slimmer in page count I mean this as the greatest of compliments There is not a single word of padding in this story, and every word is made to count, and as such there is no scene or passage in the book that ever feels like it is dragging its heels Instead, I found myself poring through the pages as rapidly as possible, desperately concerned for the fate of the small handful of well crafted characters that the author collects together Alexander Gordon Smith is a master story teller and he knows when to speed things up and have the reader s heart pounding hard on their ribcage, and he knows when it is time to give that heart a brief moment of respite before turning the dial back up to 11 and beyond.The Fury is the first book in a two part series from Alexander Gordon Smith, and as such does not come anywhere close to having an ending that answers the questions posed during the story However, it does leave us lusting for , although at present I am not sure when the sequel is due to be published If you are at all like me it will also have you thinking about it for weeks after, its themes sneaking back into your conscious thoughts when you least expect it ^READ E-PUB ⇰ The Fury ⇭ From the creator of the Escape from Furnace series, a ferocious epic of supernatural terror, perfect for Stephen King fans Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you, if every person you know, every person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage That s the horrifying reality for Cal, Brick, and Daisy Friends, family, even moms and dads, are out to get them Their world has the Fury It will not rest until they are deadIn Alexander Gordon Smith s adrenaline fueled saga, Cal and the others must uncover the truth about what is happening before it destroys them all But survival comes at a cost In their search for answers, what they discover will launch them into battle with an enemy of unimaginable power