I’m pretty sure that the Furies (not to be confused with furries, gross), mythical women-spirits who enact karmic justice, are near the top of my list of things that are bad ass. I read Fury by Elizabeth Miles as a horror story – subsequently I enjoyed this debut novel VERY much.
So the plot makes me think of ‘Those damn Dawson’s River kids, sleeping in each other’s beds and whatnot’. You see Emily Winters, one of the main characters, has feelings for her best friend Gabby’s boyfriend, Zach, and chooses to act on them. The other main character, Chase Singer, has a terrible secret, which is that he pretty much did something really bad to an old friend.
1, 2, the Furies are coming for these two. 3,4, better shut the door.
Just kidding! Shutting the door won’t stop what I consider to be the heroes of the story, the Furies. I will admit to making mistakes when I was younger, but nothing on the level on Chase and Emily.
Seriously, I couldn’t stand Em or Chase. Wah wah my BFF is mad at me for being a boyfriend stealer. Good lord girl, take some responsibility. Yes, Zach has faults, but Em, you totally never stopped to say to yourself ‘maybe this isn’t my most brilliant idea.’ In what planet is it EVER okay to steal your friend’s boyfriend and then expect everyone to just be cool with it. As for Chase, he’s just this meathead jerk who wants pity because he’s poor. Spare me. Being poor doesn’t mean you have to act the jerk. I get that your life is hard, Chase-y-Pie, but you really have no excuse for being a bully.
However, there was one shining minor character, Em’s next door neighbor JD. He was absolutely wonderful with his award winning outfits. Also, well, I guess this doesn’t count since I already said it, but I totally loved the Furies. I am partial to red ribbons and pretty hair. I am also partial to vengeance and karma and people getting their just deserts.
And to follow a separate line of thought – I kind of associated Fury with Stephen King. Mainly because the book is set in Maine and there’s even a mention of Bangor. And throughout the pages there is this pulse of evil, you can practically feel something bad lurking. Some parts are legit scary too! And okay, Fury made me think of Thinner by King’s alterego Richard Bachman, because I didn’t love the main characters/victims, but I did feel a tiny ounce of sympathy at the ultimate punishment.
If you go into Fury by Elizabeth Miles expecting horror, not to want to be BFF with the main characters, and seeing people reap what they sow, you will love it. I pinky swear.
Disclosure: Received for review.