ARC Review: Fury by Charlotte McConaghy



Title: Fury (The Cure #1)

Author: Charlotte McConaghy

Release Date: March 25, 2014

Publisher: Momentum Books/ Pan MacMillan

Genre: Science- fiction/ Dystopia

Format: ebook (348 pages)

Source: eARC via NetGalley

Rating: 5 STARS


Purchase from Amazon: Fury: Book One of The Cure (Omnibus Edition)

Blurb: 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. It will be the same each year: atrocities forgotten, truths hidden and pieces of herself left to die. Until Luke. He isn’t like the other drones. With secrets whispering behind his eyes and hunger for all things Josephine, he is the only one determined to help her discover the truth before the next blood moon rises. But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand the violence she is capable of?

Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.


Josephine Luquet (Josi) is an uncured girl in a world filled with drones (cured people). To be cured is to have your emotions erased from your mind. Going from foster home to foster home, Josi is now 18 and living on her on. She doesn’t know why the Bloods (Government), haven’t tracked her down to be given the cure. She is different. Something wakes inside of  her every year on the night of the blood moon, and she wakes up naked and covered in blood, having no memory of what happened. She’s sitting alone in a club one night, and a guy (Luke Townsend) walks up and talks to her. This surprises her, since she has been pretty much invisible to the other drones around her. Luke has secrets of his own, and soon he and Josi are on a mission to find out why she has those episodes on the night of the blood moon. Being together for a certain amount of time can cause one to fall in love, and that’s exactly what happens between Josi and Luke. Time is running out for Josi, and she admits herself into a non-government asylum for a year, while Luke promises to be back for her one year from the date he takes her to the asylum. He is trying to find answers and is determined to save his girl from the fury that plagues her once a year. There, her doctor, Anthony Harwood doesn’t believe anything that she’s admitted to doing. Or does he? He soon develops feelings for her, but he keeps them to himself. He, along with Luke and Ben Collingsworth (creator of the cure), try to create an antidote for Josi’s condition before they run out of time.

This is another great Dystopia book that I can honestly say, that I will be continuing the series. It is beyond what I thought it would be. I was thinking that this would be another YA story with the MC being at the forefront, saving the world. The MC, Josi, is so remarkably smart. She has an eidetic memory, so she can remember everything that she has read and seen. Except one thing, the night of the blood moon when she commits unspeakable crimes against others. It’s more of a sense of survival. Her not wanting to think about such heinous things for the rest of her life. She is witty and plays the cello better than any Julliard student. Luke is also a very strong character. At first, I was just happy that Josi could interact with another human being who still had some emotions. Then he started helping her try to uncover the truth about her condition, and I fell in love with him. While he has secrets of his own (which I will not reveal), he is the epitome of a true hero. Any man that would willingly put his life in danger to save the woman he loves is nothing but heroic.

I love the different POVs and the memory recalls in this book. I would usually not be fond of more than two POVs, but thankfully, there aren’t a whole lot. The world building and characterizations are excellent. There is no information that is unimportant, so you don’t get a bunch of info-dumps here and there. I was a little worried about the love triangle that seemed to be brewing, but as it turns out, it’s nothing. Hopefully, there won’t be any in the near future. (prays really hard) I would recommend this book 100%! It is well written and full of everything that a great dystopia book has. I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone under the age of 16 though. It’s not graphic, but there are aspects that are inappropriate for younger readers.


There are currently 3 episodes available that make up this edition.


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