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.
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.
Josephine's story begins in a psychiatric hospital were she tries to convince those in charge that every year on one particular day she turns rabid and murders randomly only to wake up covered in blood with virtually no recollection. There seems to be no proof of this and so she regularly has sessions with Anthony, who is beyond intrigued by her but does not believe her outrageous claims. They live in a time when human anger has been eradicated as science has found a cure and surely agreeing to take the cure would help Josephine with her inner demons and pain.
This story leaps back through time as we see how Josephine first met Luke, a man who promised to protect her, and offers her a home but is he a figment of Josephine's imagination? The wild stories she tells do not make sense and Anthony fears for the damaged Josephine. Fighting to save her sanity, Anthony continues to counsel Josephine but hers is a terrible story which can only end brutally in death.
Such an unusual way of getting and keeping the readers attention. I thought the idea of flashbacks worked very well here and it wasn't confusing at all. The story is told from three points of view (Josephine, Anthony and Luke) but the question remains all the way through, just how much is real? In such a regimented world, could one woman alone truly commit multiple violent murders and yet there be no evidence? If the answer is yes, then just what exactly is Josephine?
Fury is written in such a way the reader feels inside the characters' heads and it's an intimate place to be. Characters are multi-faceted and not always as straightforward as they might seem. It's a world filled with tragedy and probably the biggest is the fact that without anger humans lose passion. True horror is the thought of apathy when dealing with our fellow man and not truly connecting with loss. So much of how we react depends on how we feel and by removing anger people are disconnected. I thought Ms McConaghy did an excellent job in slowly revealing the terrible aspects of this scenario.
I thought it was an interesting beginning populated with damaged characters but slowed down a little in intensity as I continued reading. The last third gathered such a pace though, I could not put it down and just had to finish! It's a fantastic and well conceived conclusion that felt quite emotional and very unexpected.
Unfortunately there is a cliffhanger and those who hate book hangovers will be tearing their hair out! This was such an intriguing and surprising read I really have to know what happens next. A great beginning and I loved that I wasn't sure exactly how the story would end.
Fury is an e-book and is available at Amazon for $5.99; at Kobo for $8.19