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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  263 ratings  ·  62 reviews
When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.

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 vanish and she is left with only an icy horror,
Kindle Edition, 1st, 348 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Momentum Books, Pan Macmillan (first published March 1st 2014)
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Charlotte McConaghy Hi there, you can read the omnibus edition, which is the whole book in one, or you can read each episode separately... It's basically just been broken…moreHi there, you can read the omnibus edition, which is the whole book in one, or you can read each episode separately... It's basically just been broken into three episodes to stagger the releases, but either way is the same.
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It's ok.
If you are a fan of books that have abused and dysfunctional characters, then this might be more to your thing than it was mine.
Josephine had one of those horrible childhoods that included being passed from one awful foster home to another. It's never actually stated, but it's pretty obvious she was sexually abused when she was young. I mention this because it played into her love story with Luke, and there were a few times I felt uncomfortable with thei
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

This novel was so much better than I expected it to be. It must have been fate that I read this since the premise is not something I would normally read at all. (Girl goes on murdering spree once a year but never has any recollection of it the next morning, where she is incidentally naked and bruised). Usually anything to do with murder or mystery turns me off. However this book is not a mystery book or a murder book, rather it is an amazing and thoughtful adventure that includes aspects of not
Apr 04, 2014 rated it liked it

This book was hard to review because it was equal parts good and bad.

The good:

The characters are compelling, well rounded and flawed.
The story lines pace is perfect, it pulls you along and keeps your attention.
It doesn't shy from gore or taboo topics.
It made me want to listen to cello music.

The bad:

The synopsis says emotions are removed. The novel tells me only ANGER is removed (and potentially sadness will be next) Yet in the book she flicks between the "drones" having no emotion, no capacity
Sasha Hibbs
Apr 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
““I’d burn the whole world down if I could,” he whispers, his eyes flashing with a bright, exhilarating fever. “I’d make it so that there was no cure, no censorship, no propaganda, nothing but you and I.”
And this is when I understand the truth, the one truth that means anything.
They cannot take my fury from me, but I can let it go, because there are more important things in life.”

Aldous Huxley’s BRAVE NEW WORLD and Veronica Roth’s DIVERGENT produced a literary love child and her name is Joseph
Leelo Loves-Books
Sooooo many unanswered questions.

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Took me a while (3 months) to hash out this review with my over-active brain, my all too deceiving curiosity and my unhinged spidey-book sense.

Fury, for me, was a bundle of unnerving sequences that left me floored, flabbergasted and feeling outright weird.

I read Josephine as strong willed but she's ultimately a tortured soul, defeated and torn by her 'circumstance'. I loved her deadpan sarcasm (I'm a total sucker for it) and her unwavering resolve (though it di
Amy Softa
Mar 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Net Galley

This book looked interesting as I was browsing through Net Galley last week, so I decided to take a chance and request it for review. I am so glad I did, it is bloody brilliant. Most of the time I am reading simply for escape and nothing to deep or thought provoking. Mainly I pick books that look like they are going to be an entertaining story. This book was all that and more. It made me think. It made me ponder the questions it
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Taking away human emotions is something I have seen before in dystopian stories, but non of these stories was so dark and intriguing as Fury. Which made this story even more interesting to me is that I'm hardly ever furious, so seeing Josi explode in the nights of the full moon is how I sometimes feel to.

But let's go from the start. Josephine, our main character here is living in an dystopian world where the government has taken negative emotions out of people.
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
And the Dystopian Angels sang! The best of this genre that I have ever read!
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Enter for a chance to win a copy of Fury during the blog tour over on my blog Lilybloombooks

Fury is one of those rare and precious finds. Having not even heard of this book before the tour sign ups. I was sucked in by the premise, and jumped at the chance to read it. Let me tell you - this book will blow you away. It's dark, disturbing, sorrowful and powerful.

Imagine a world where anger is nonexistent. By given a serum to rid individuals of anger, what would be left? Would it be peaceful? Would
Jun 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the most amazing aspects of reviewing books is that often times you come across a book that you might have other wise never had the chance to read. If you are really lucky, it turns out to be an AMAZING book that you want to share with the world. Fury by Charlotte McConaghy is one of those books.

From the second you begin to read Fury you are sucked in. I knew I was going to love this book from the first few words. It helps that the writing is utterly wonderful! I normally don't share boo
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: new-adult, dystopia
Full review originally posted at

I'm not sure what I was expecting from Fury, but it certainly wasn't this. I thought I might be getting dystopia, some strange world where nobody feels anger anymore, except Josephine. In a way, that's what I did get, but I also got so much more.

Fury is a lot more grown-up than I expected it to be. Billed as something for fans of Divergent, with an eighteen year-old heroine, I thought I'd be getting something Young Adult
Liz Barnsley
Mar 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Copy recieved via Netgalley - thank you to all concerned.

When emotions are erased from the world, creating a civilization of mindless drones, only those with fury can survive.
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.

Mad Scientist
May 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Concoction of a Review:

Fury is one of those books that MS put off because she just was not sure. Please, understand that sometimes MS does not enjoy the Dystopia bandwagon books like others. Yet, this book was good in that way where MS felt as if she has been looking for this sort of read.

A novel wherein our abused main character, Josephine, races against time to find out what just makes her change into a most powerful human killing machine once a year. The same day every year she turns into a
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
4.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: I devoured it.

It’s dark and passionate and wonderfully written, and though I’m typically just a smidge embarrassed about reading love stories, I won’t be hiding this one under my bed. It’s a grown-up version of Divergent – just a few shades darker. It’s the kind of book you’ll respond to viscerally; you’ll want to feel what Josephine and Luke feel, but at the same time you’ll be secretly relieved your life isn’t like theirs. So. Pour yourself a glass of wine, snug
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
The concept of this book intrigued me and it did not disappoint. Josephine lives in a world where at 15, teenagers are given "the cure", which takes away the ability to feel anger. But Josephine never got the cure. I liked this book more than I expected. McConaghy did an incredible job showing what a world without anger would be like. I loved the pace of the story. After finishing this book, I felt very connected to the world and the characters. I can't wait to read the next book!
Erin Arkin
Mar 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I read the summary for Fury by Charlotte McConaghy I thought it sounded intriguing and while I hadn’t heard anything about it, I decided I wanted to check this one out. I have to say, I opened this up and as soon as I did, I wasn’t able to put it down. The characters and the story pulled me right in and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. Even now I am excited to see when book two will come out.

The world has been changed by the decision to force “the cure” on its citizens. Now, people
Emily Bradley-dorman
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book had me within the first chapter and I honestly wasn't expecting it to be as good as it was. I haven't read anything by Charlotte McConaghy before so I didn't know what I was getting. Suffice to say, I was pleasantly surprised. It's a powerful story and keeps you guessing the whole way through. There wasn't a single moment where I thought I knew where this was going. It didn't hold back and Charlotte certainly wasn't afraid of shaking thing up and adding in those all too important plot ...more
Marta Cox
Apr 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
There's a lot of books around at the moment labelled dystopian and even the odd movie but finding one with an original take sometimes feels nearly impossible. This particular book seems to be aimed at a young adult audience but for me borders on new adult with a sci fi twist but what's important is it is a book worth reading as it taps into a dark place that few authors seem to explore successfully. Humans are capable of so much good and yet we are almost self destructive. What would happen if o ...more
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: ARC copy from Netgalley.

Fury, by Charlotte McGonaghy, is hands-down, an epic book. This book starts with the premise that there is a plague that has devastated the entire world and the survivors rode their fury to destruction and chaos. The emotion anger and the resulting aggression has been eliminated by a vaccine. That's a good thing, right? Not... quite. It has the unfortunate effect of making most people lose their humanity. Without anger, people can rape without getting upset.
Anna Carolyn McCormally
Apr 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
This review originally appeared at

Fury by Charlotte McConaghy took me by surprise. I can usually tell how I’m going to feel about a book from the first couple chapters. But with Fury, I did a complete 180. Though it took me a while to get in to the story, about a third of the way through it grabbed me and took off running, dragging me along with it!

The premise is a good one: in a future where anger has been “cured”, the uncured are feared and wild. Josi,
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The blurb perfectly describes the story so let's get straight to my thoughts, that's if I can make sense of them!!

I finished this an immediately wanted the next book in the series, which, to me anyway, marks a great book. On finishing as well, I had so many emotions running through me, which I thought ironic, since the book deals with emotions being eradicated :) One thing about the blurb though, is that it says that emotions have been erased when really it's only anger that has been, from what
Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
This book was not was I thought it would be. It's hard to know what to expect from a relatively new author. In this case, the story quickly went from ambiguous to riveting. I couldn't put it down. It was, in fact, amazing.

This is the story of Josephine, whom we meet when she is speaking with a therapist in a mental health facility. She has tried to kill herself several times and her therapist is nearly at his wits end trying to figure out how to fix her. And apparently this is a facility for the
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A view weeks ago I received an invitation to participate in the blog Tour for 'Limerence' by Charlotte McConaghy. I read the book description and immediately wanted to sign up. But since ‘Limerence’ is the third book in the series and I haven’t read the previous books I thought I wouldn’t be able to be a part of the tour. Thankfully there was an option to read all three the books in the series. So as fast as I could I signed up and when I received the book I started reading the first book 'Fury' ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The title pages of this book compares this book to the Divergent series. I would say it's a lot closer to (and even better than) the Delirium series. Everyone in the Fury universe is cured of anger as a teenager and with that all other emotions are dulled. Josi is uncured and once a year becomes blackout violent.

While there are a few little errors in the book (in chapter 6 Luke is described as shirtless and then Josi says that she can see through his shirt and it's distracting) Fury is a seriou
There are some books that hook me for the prose alone, and others that hook me for the characters. Then there are the few books that absolutely hook me because the premise the book is based on is so absolutely thought provoking. This is one of the ladder kinds. Fury surprised me. I went into it expecting an adult version of Divergent, and I came out of it absolutely surprised (but the good kind). This book is thought provoking, and well written. The ending is a little predictable, but the pace i ...more
Jo Hughes
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I would like to thank the publisher for approving my copy of this on Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

We first meet Josephine or Josi as she is in hospital, we live the story through Josi's eyes, it's is told in such vivid detail that you can see Josi as she is talking to her Doctor.

When I first picked this up I really wasn't sure if I would like it, but it is told in such a way that from page one you are asking questions like, who is Josi? Who is Luke? Is Josi making it all up
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read, favorites
This book surprised me. I wasn't sure what to expect but I quickly grew interested in the main characters and their back-stories. It has revealing information slowly exposed so it keeps the mystery alive. It's based in a dystopian world where emotions are numbed, and it can be somewhat realistic with the way that some modern mental medications do in fact make people feel they are 'numb', especially when referring to rage or sadness. I really enjoyed this book and cannot wait to see what happens ...more
Feb 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dystopian, adventure
Great book with an exciting story and strong characters that are easy to fall in love with. I loved the style of writing in this book where it would go back and forth from past to present in different perspectives. Also, I loved the way McConaghy described the action scenes where she did not hold back on the brutality and goriness of it. Overall, it was a really great read that ended on a massive cliffhanger, making me pick up the next installment in the series immediately!
Feb 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


I wasn’t really expecting anything going into this book. I didn’t read any reviews but I saw that it had a fairly high rating. While it was by no means a perfect books I found myself really enjoying it and I was a little sad when it was over. So sad that I started the next book right away!


I think my favorite part of this book was the relationship between Josi and Luke. It was far from perfe
Michelle  novelsontherun
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
BOOK REVIEW by Michelle 24th April 2014:


“‘All that is necessary for the triumph of evil
is that good men do nothing.’”

This story is told from three pov’s, Anthony the shrink, Luke and Josephine.

I found this a great read. I did have my moments where I had to take my time with dates and how the book jumps around chronologically.

I did find this to be a bit of a distraction. I did get used to it, as the book just keeps doing it, then add that to the character pov continual c
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Charlotte started writing when she was 14 in her home town Armidale. She now has eight novels published and lives in Sydney. She loves to read and write, and has just sold a new fiction novel MIGRATIONS to Flatiron Books, for forthcoming release.

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The Cure (3 books)
  • Melancholy: Book Two of The Cure
  • Limerence: Omnibus Edition (The Cure, #3)