REVIEW: The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith reviewed by Isabel Blackmore (age 13)

by |September 19, 2013

The cover of this book is interesting to say the least. It features a man’s face completely black with soot. His eyes seem to be on fire, two miniature flames in the centre of two red irises, red also replacing where the whites of the eyes should be. His hands are on his face, because we can see several fingers – which are also black with soot – on his cheeks. His forehead is mostly obscured by the title, the ‘the’ considerably smaller than ‘Fury’, which is in capital letters. They are both cleverly coloured in red and yellow. The author’s name is in white along the bottom of the cover.

The title comes from a word firstly spoken by a character in the book. The character says it because he is describing what is inside and consuming many people on the Earth who are attacking the main characters in this book.

The book opens with the sentence: “It was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon when the world came to kill Benny Millston.” This is a horrifying sentence, which shocks the reader, (as it did me) and makes you want to read more, if you have a strong stomach that is. Take it as a warning.

This novel is mainly about the people who are not ‘chosen’ attacking the characters who are not trying to kill each other. There are many twists and attributes which contribute to this anger, – or ‘Fury’, as the book says – making it easy and very scary to think about.

The Fury has many strengths, one of being the very, (sometimes overwhelming) descriptions; definitely not meant for younger readers, perhaps older ones too.

This book follows many different points of views, but never in the first person. The views follow almost all of the main characters. This makes it sometimes hard for the reader to follow all of the characters, because each of their points are so strong, since they are all strong headed people. For example, when the characters are all in danger, they have a hard time figuring out what to do.

This book should never be given to children under the age of 10. It can be enjoyed by all pre – teenagers and teenagers. The storyline is extremely gripping, and only leaves you wanting more. There is never a boring moment, even if it is a chapter of a character’s thoughts. It is extremely well written, and horrifyingly could be true if one was to believe it…

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Andrew Cattanach is a regular contributor to The Booktopia Blog. He has been shortlisted for The Age Short Story Prize and was named a finalist for the 2015 Young Bookseller of the Year Award. He enjoys reading, writing and sleeping, though finds it difficult to do them all at once.

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