Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Review: Fury (The Cure #1) by Charlotte McConaghy

Release Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Momentum Books
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Twitter | Website | Goodreads

When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.
On the same day each year Josephine Luquet wakes naked, shivering and covered in blood that is not her own. Under the cold gaze of the blood moon she is someone else entirely, but when dawn breaks her memories flee and she is left with only an icy horror, a burning fury. Amid a sea of drones, she alone hasn't been cured.
It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die.
Until Luke.
He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and a hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises.
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.

It's ok.
If you are a fan of books that have abused and dysfunctional characters, then this might be more to your thing than it was mine.
Josephine had one of those horrible childhoods that included being passed from one awful foster home to another. It's never actually stated, but it's pretty obvious she was sexually abused when she was young. I mention this because it played into her love story with Luke, and there were a few times I felt uncomfortable with their relationship because of it. It's hard to explain, but I don't feel completely comfortable with the idea that falling in love can fix things like that. Yeah, yeah, love is great and all, but...
I'm not saying the author had them jump into the sack, and then all her problems disappeared. In fact, they waited a decent bit, but I just wasn't digging it. She was simply too much of a psychological mess for me to get behind the love story. Again, those of you who like tortured heroes/heroines will probably not have as much of a problem with this.

In this world, everyone is given some sort of a vaccine that prevents them from getting angry. Somehow, Josephine didn't get the cure, and one day a year she goes crazy.
Sort of like a werewolf during the full moon or something. Her body gets all hyped up on adrenaline, she blacks out, and then goes on a rampage and kills everyone in the vicinity.

It was interesting enough that I wanted to find out what was going to happen in the end.
But for me to get fully invested in a dystopian novel, I need to feel like that world could actually happen. The world-building needs to be complete, you know?
Not so much with this one.
There's some sketchy background about famine and riots that happened in the past, but not enough that I fully understood why they felt the need for this Cure. Riots happen all the time, don't they? Yet, I don't imagine taking away part of our personalities (to ensure they never happen again) would go over very well with the vast majority of the population.
Soooo? Why did anyone agree to this to start with?
Because in this world most people thought it was a good idea.
Maybe I could buy it if the government put something into the water supply, or even released it as an airborne virus. But for folks to just line up and get a shot?

The whole thing about Josephine's Fury was...weird. I mean, I kept waiting for something to happen to explain how she could put it to good use.
Hulk Smash bad guys!
Nope. Nothing. She's just a got a bad problem.
To make matters worse, her body is seriously breaking down because of her condition.
Why she's like that is eventually explained, but there doesn't seem to be anything useful about someone who loses their mind and randomly murders people.
So, I really don't see how her FURY is going to save anyone...including herself.
And according to the blurb:
When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.
After reading that, can you blame me for thinking that maybe she just didn't have a good grasp on her powers yet? Like maybe she was the key to saving everyone...or something?

The writing wasn't bad, and the story was intriguing enough for me to finish it, but I really doubt I'll read any more of these books.


Melissa (My words and pages) said...

I'm not big on abuse, but dysfunctional, yeah I usually find those books. lol. Thank you for sharing!

Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I'm not a fan of overly dysfunctional characters, quirks are fine, but nothing too over the top. I really disliked Fury, so I'm going to stay away from this book. Thanks for the honest review!


Thanks guys! Hopefully, it will find it's intended audience. Not my cuppa, though.

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