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The Fury

(The Fury #1)

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3.84  ·  Rating details ·  1,109 ratings  ·  179 reviews
Imagine if one day, without warning, the entire human race turns against you. Every single person you meet becomes a bloodthirsty, mindless savage, hell-bent on killing you - and only you. Friends, family, even your mum and dad, will turn on you. They will murder you. And when they have, they will go back to their lives as if nothing has happened. The world has the Fury. I ...more
Paperback, 535 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Faber and Faber (first published April 1st 2012)
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Sean Schmidt Unfortunately, there is not. There is a movie titled 'The Fury', but it is based on a book with a somewhat-similar plot from 1978.

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Ashley Daviau
I’m right in the middle with this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the concept and thought it was incredibly interesting. But the characters were so young that they grated on my nerves and I kind of wanted to strangle them all. And the book stretched on and on when it could have easily been half the size and packed way more punch. I also would have like more explanation as to how the whole phenomenon came about, we’re kind of left in the dark about that. Despite that it was a quick, fun read and it di ...more
Darren Hartwell
Feb 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
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
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Heather
Jul 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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.

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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
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Aa'Ishah
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
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Becky
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jenn
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
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Greg
Nov 13, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
Yusuf Genc
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: gave-up-on
This was a big disappointment for me. Smith is one of my favorite authors, and I was positive that this book would be packed with action. I was right, at least for the first 150 pages. The beginning was actually interesting, because it told the story of each of the main characters. However, once the main characters group up, barely anything happens. They just start arguing with each other about what they should do, and how they are going to operate. Progression drops to a minimum during the midd ...more
Taylor Berndt
Jan 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
After enjoying the "Lockdown" series’ so much I couldn't wait to start reading "The Fury" by Alexander Gordon Smith, but I hate to say that this book was nowhere near as good. The plot of the book is great and pulled me in, but the book just went on and on. “The Fury” is almost double any of the "Lockdown" books. The book starts out saying how a group of normal people on a flip of a switch can freak out in fury and kill someone. But then snap back into their normal daily routine. This is the way ...more
Eugenia (Genie In A Book)
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WHAT?

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
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Courtney Nicole
Oct 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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OwenD.
May 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Fury is definitely an interesting book. This is the first book in a while where I’ve actually been able to get interested in what was going on. The beginning of the book sets up the main characters and what is going on, which is that everyone else (in a certain radius of each character) will go crazy and try to kill that character. There are 9 main characters, but out of the group, we spend the most time with 3 of them, which are Brick, Daisy, and Cal. The setting of the book is in and near ...more
Daisy
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
Quality Rating: Three Stars
Enjoyment Rating: Four Stars

The Fury follows the typical in of younger thriller ('boy') fiction, but has some really refreshing differences and twists. Though I can't say I was won over with the overall explanation, the story itself and the suspense it builds will entertain a wide range of younger readers (and not just boys).

The writing fell a bit flat for me, but to be honest I wasn't expecting anything magical. Even so, the action was well written, and the characters
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Nina (Death, Books, and Tea)
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
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Brandon
Apr 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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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
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Haley
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Charlie Lewis
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
PERSONAL RESPONSE
I enjoyed The Fury because it's about people triumphing over great odds and many difficulties. I also enjoyed how some of the characters interpreted what they were supposed to do with the gift differently. I also liked how it was about good defeating evil. Finally, I liked how it was in the point of view of many people.

PLOT
In the beginning they got a headache then it goes away but then they got attacked by everyone. They found out about each other through a question on yahoo. Th
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Misty
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The fury is an exciting start to a new series, it's full of the action and tension that you'd expect from reading the blurb and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I will say though, it does have a lot of violence in it, which doesn't bother me but might bother some.

The book gets straight into it from the first chapter and had me hooked in right away as the tension builds I found it hard to put down.

There were a few points where I felt the book was a little too long and it kind of lulled a bit, but it didn
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P.M.
Aug 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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Jessica at Book Sake
Dec 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Sara
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
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Abbie
Sep 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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April
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!
Madi
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Foggygirl
Apr 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and creepifying novel, I can't wait to read the next installment.
Ketandu
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-reads
Honestly, a supremely satisfying read. I really love this book. Great job, Alexander Gordon Smith.
Caleb
Oct 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Zombie, horror, gore fans.
Critique of The Fury
The book The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith is a gory, fast, and energetic book about The book The Fury by Alexander Gordon Smith is a gory, fast, and energetic book about a group of teens in the city of London, France and the world that turns against thema group of teens in the city of London, France and the world that turns against them. The teens each at a different time are attacked by mobs of people that just seemingly burst into fury. The group soon find that they have
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McKenna Quinn
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didnt-finish, novels
I’m sad to say it but this book was a big let down. After reading Smith’s Escape From Furnace series (which I loved so, so much!!!) I wanted so desperately to read his other books immediately but after reading both The Devil’s Engine and now The Fury I’m realizing that maybe I’m more a fan of the Furance series rather than this particular author. I do really enjoy the way that Smith tells stories and can really strike fear into the hearts of readers but this book was just way, way too long and d ...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
“This thing was what existed before life, before the first stars, before the big bang. It was the emptiness before the universe, and the emptiness that would follow.” 4 likes
“And what could the darkness be, other than humanity? This crushing, heavy mass of people who had no legitimate right to life. How many souls lived on earth now? Six billion? Seven? All of them like insects, crawling around on their hands and knees or slaughtering one another in pursuit of scraps. They were ignorant, they were cruel, they were the night that smothered the day. They did not deserve their existence.” 2 likes
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