Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Fury by Elizabeth Miles

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Release date: August 30, 2011

Pages: 352

Summary: Em has just hooked up with her best friend’s boyfriend. Chase has done something unspeakable. Both teens will now face the wrath of the Furies, ancient goddesses who deliver punishments to those who have done something wrong. They’re the ultimate form of karma, if you will. Both Em and Chase must figure out how to right their wrongs before it’s too late…

My thoughts: Fury is a fascinating, compulsively readable novel, but it doesn’t quite live up to its premise. Rather than focusing on the Furies and the vengeance they seek, Fury instead dedicates most of the book to developing Em and Chase as characters. While this is certainly not a bad thing—getting to know the characters of a book is an important thing—it left me with a slight sense of dissatisfaction. I anticipated Fury to be action-packed and rife with mythology, but instead ended up reading about two doomed romances. Still, if you go into Fury with this in mind, it may end up being a more satisfying experience.

Em isn’t a likable character at first, and neither is Chase. It’s always interesting when “bad” characters are protagonists. Fury gives us the opportunity to get into the heads of wrongdoers. Em is ultimately a more compelling character than Chase; she ends up being somewhat likable in the end. Chase, on the other hand, seems distant for nearly the whole novel, and he’s difficult to connect to. Still, both characters are well developed; by the end of the book, you feel as if you really know them.

Elizabeth Miles’s interpretation of the Furies is actually quite fascinating. She pairs their striking beauty with thoroughly terrifying motives, making them both enchanting and disgusting at the same time. Every time one of the Furies makes an appearance, Miles succeeds in creeping the reader out. They seem to hover in the reader’s mind, giving the novel a foreboding atmosphere. The Furies also provide an excellent opportunity for the reader to think—is the “eye for an eye” way of thinking really right? I found myself questioning whether or not the things Em and Chase did were really deserving of the punishments the Furies doled out.

Fury is an excellent novel for those looking for some stellar drama. Elizabeth Miles puts her characters into quite a few nail-biting situations. While some readers may not find the two protagonists likable, they do provide an interesting perspective. Miles’s take on the Furies will delight fans of Greek mythology, though their lack of face time may disappoint.