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The Fury (The Fury #1)

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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, andDaisy. Friends, family, even mom...more
ebook, 688 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (first published April 3rd 2012)
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Darren Hartwell
This review first appeared on The Book Zone(For Boys) blog

There 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...more
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 slightly more traditional, 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...more
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...more
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...more
Courtney Nicole
Stars Rank: 4****
Cover: 5*****
Writing Style: 4****
Characters: 4****

Opening Sentence:
“It was an ordinary Wednesday afternoon in June when the world came to kill Benny Millston.”

Quote From The Book:
“The man and the girl were sprinting toward her, fast, uttering pig grunts as they gained ground. There were others too… They all had the same expression, silhouetted against the lights but unmistakable. They were furious. These people meant to kill them both, Rilke understood- the knowledge absolute...more
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...more
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
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Well then - that was some finish there.

The 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 we...more
Kristilyn (Reading In Winter)
Thank you to NetGalley and MacMillan’s Children’s Publishing Group for an eCopy of this for review!

I hate that I have to write this review, since I kind of love Alexander Gordon Smith’s series Escape From Furnace and was hoping for SO MUCH from this book, but unfortunately it fell flat for me.

The synopsis for this story is incredibly good and really pulled me into the story. I was so happy to see it up on NetGalley and was very excited to start something that could be completely terrifying. The...more
Daisy's mother killed her father and then herself so neither of them would hurt Daisy. Brick's girlfriend tried to bite his face off before he was able to subdue her and lock her in the basement of an abandoned amusement park. All of Cal's soccermates and the people in the bleachers tried to rip him apart. Rilke and Schiller are attacked as they tried to attend an illegal rave. There is something about these kids that enrages anyone who comes within 30 meters of them. But there is more trouble b...more
Jessica at Book Sake
Based on Alexander Gordon Smith’s other series, Lockdown: Escape from Furnace, I thought that I’d really enjoy this series. While I didn’t necessarily hate it, I don’t think it even compares to Lockdown. It’s a lot more kiddy and less in depth. The characters weren’t too important to me, and the story was really hard to follow and imagine. This really surprises me because it manages to keep the same ominous feel of Lockdown, while changing it for the worse. However, it was still a fresh change f...more
Savannah (Books With Bite)
This is has got to be the longest book I’ve read this year.
I’m going to start off with what bothered me about the book. The book is good, don’t get me wrong. But, it has a lot of point of view switches. A LOT of point of views switches. And while each point of views flowed well, it bugged me that I kept jumping from mind to mind. I found myself frustrated cause just when the plot is getting good…BAM switch. I really just wanted to stay in someone’s mind for a while without having to jump before...more
Nina at Death Books and Tea
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...more
This book was waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay tooooooo loooong!!! I was so furious about the length; I almost threw it and said I’m not reading this. But I did read it and finish it, and my eyes suffered. Bad this about this books: 3rd person POV, a lot of perspective changes, British words that confuse me, no real chapters, just parts, which made the 671 pages even longer. This books took me forever to read. I pretty much skimmed most of it.
The good things about this book: angels (with fiery wings and they...more
The first few hundred pages scared me shitless - it was like reading my own worst nightmare come true. What if everybody you loved suddenly did not recognize you anymore? If they turned against you? Your parents, your friends, your crush? What if everybody, not only those you know but strangers as well, turns feral and tries to kill you, without an explanation?
This is the reality Cal, Daisy and Brick faces.

This far I am loving the book! I am as freaked out as the characters living it. I'm wond...more
The Fury has been on my bookshelf for months, so i thought i'd be better get around to it.
Now i wish i never bothered reading it.

It was dragged out more than it needed to be.
It took over 200 pages for the characters to meet, which just proves how dragged out it was.

It was also really dull.
When the action finally started, i wasn't very impressed by it.

It really didn't feel like i was reading a book by the author who wrote the furnace series.
I really liked that series, so this was a huge disapp...more
The Hardcover Honey
Twitter: @jbrivard

The Fury is a BIG book – I mean, doorstop big, 600 pages plus big, maybe-not-going-to-get-this-read-in-a-week big. But it starts fast and for the most part, it stays fast. Author Alexander Gordon Smith has previously released several books in a series called “Escape from Furnace” (starting with “Lockdown”, a futuristic look at a juvenile prison that is like the lost 90's movie “Fortress” scaled back to a YA level – and yes, it was as fun as that so...more
Kenneth Hursh
The sheer bulk of this novel overwhelmed me—681 pages! Anything over 400, I cry author ego run amok. So I delved in thinking I would probably never read it all.

I was wrong. It was pretty good. Some unfortunate English children are suddenly being brutally attacked by everyone around them, even their own parents, sometimes fatally. One who escapes the onslaught, Brick, hides out in an abandoned amusement park and pleads on the internet to anyone else suffering the same “fury” as he is. There are...more
Kitten Kisser
Various kids & young adults are drawn together by an unknown force after fleeing literally for their lives from everyone because everyone is trying to kill them. They search for answers & are desperate for food. After all how can you eat if you have no hunting or fishing skills & cannot go anywhere near a store without people trying to kill you? Despite the overwhelming need to work together there is constant bickering & fighting in the group.

As if things weren't bad enough there...more
I can't believe it took me this long to read this book!!! Anyway, from start to finish it is very crazy and confusing but that is why you want to keep on reading. This is one of my favourite books, but by fair the most craziest and illogical book I have ever read and kept me saying "WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON!!".
I recommend this book to anyone that is interested in zombies and paranormal books. Definitely a one of a kind book.
Wow, I think I'm gonna love Daisy forever. It's o hard to find words as I've just finished the book - literally seconds ago. Ths is so much more than just a creepy tale. It's creepy and yet seriously heart warming. I found myself laughing and crying and getting nervous for all the characters. This is such an awesome group of characters, thry really stick with you. I got way more than I ever expected!
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.
Apr 28, 2014 Sarah marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
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I have been reading this book for six months and am only a little over halfway through. It's time to admit defeat. Every time I pick it up to continue, I wind up finding other things to do, so I'm done. I'm pretty bummed about this one, because I was enjoying it -- it's a pretty different take on a zombie story, and the author is great at crafting really tense, creepy scenes, but... look, this book is almost 700 pages long. I am not one to suggest unnecessarily turning books into series, but thi...more
Carson Faircloth
Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you…

This novel was quite the giant to plow through; I’m talking six hundred and eighty-one pages. And so, reading the Table of Contents came as quite a shock. Because I would not be reading the next great adventure, one that would span months, if not years. No. I would be reading the events that would transpire over six days.

Six. Days. (Need I remind you that this bad boy is six hundred and eighty-one pages?)

The time frame,...more
Skyla Happy Go Lucky and Lost in Books
This may be one of the strangest things I have ever read.

I have been a fan of Gordon Smith's work since the very first page of the Furnace series, and if you ain't read that yet what the fuck are you waiting for?

He has this way of writing that is deliciously creepy and at the same time completely obtuse. His words drag you into the story and you can't get loose no matter how much you kick and scream and want to.

Though the writing style for this book is not the same as the one he used in Furnace...more
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An excellent and creepifying novel, I can't wait to read the next installment.
An epic adventure. Alexander Gordon Smith is the Stephen King for young adults, in my opinion. The book started with a bang, and it was non-stop action the whole way through. I appreciated the unique twists Smith created because, although my first impression was that this was a zombie book, it turned out to be something else entirely. It had zombie-esque moments, but ethereal qualities too! Just a sidenote - like Stephen King's books often are, Alexander Gordon Smith's The Fury is,...more
Corinne  Casarico
I've always loved Smith's style. His title as YA horror novelist is well deserved. I've read almost all his book in the series Escape From Furnace, and have devoured each of them. This book was no disappointment. It had the same way of reaching inside of your soul and gripping you heart tight with chills.

With all the good things about it, it didn't have to be as long as it was. Even if it was 600 pages I would have been happier. It just took so long to read, which took away from the experience...more
It was an ordinary Wednesday for most of the world, but for a small group of teens, the day turned out to be anything but ordinary. Suddenly, every time anybody got within 20 feet of them (including parents, girlfriends, boyfriends, best friends, or strangers), complete and total fury seemed to take over their bodies, and the teens ended up having to run for their lives or be ripped to shreds by the people possessed by the fury. It’s only when one of the teens who is being attacked, Brick, decid...more
The Book Gazer (Eddie)
Whoa... I don't know where to start.

The Fury is a gargantuan book, clocking in at a whopping 668 pages. Though I wasn't at the edge of my seat for all of them, I did enjoy the movie-like experience they created. You see, I went on a journey, a marathon of sorts, reading through a story so complete, so wholesome, it was hard not to cower in its entirety. Although the novel only takes place over six days, Alex makes it feel like six weeks. PLENTY of time for Character development right? RIGHT? sor...more
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Alexander Gordon Smith is the author of the Escape from Furnace series of young adult novels, including Lockdown and Solitary. Born in 1979 in Norwich, England, he always wanted to be a writer. After experimenting in the service and retail trades for a few years, Smith decided to go to University. He studied English and American Literature at the University of East Anglia, and it was here that he...more
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