Three high school girls become the avenging Furies of Greek legend.
We were only three angry girls, to begin with. Alix, the hot-tempered surfer chick; Stephanie, the tree-hugging activist; and me, Meg, the quiet foster kid, the one who never quite fit in. We hardly knew each other, but each of us nurtured a burning anger: at the jerks in our class, at our disappointing parents, at the whole flawed, unjust world.
We were only three angry girls, simmering uselessly in our ocean-side California town, until one day a mysterious, beautiful classmate named Ambrosia taught us what else we could be: Powerful. Deadly. Furious.
Furious is an interesting take on the Furies of Greek legend. I've always been a fan of Greek mythology so when I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. While it didn't completely rock my socks, I did enjoy it and would rank it a solid 3 of 5 stars. Read on for a summary and my finishing thoughts.
Furious introduces us to Meg, a foster child who has been bounced around and who is currently residing with a horrible woman, The Leech, who treats Meg like a piece of unwanted garbage. Meg harbors an inner anger at her circumstances but has found a true friend in Raymond, her quirky sidekick. An unusual event in Western Civ class places Meg on the radar of Ambrosia, a mysterious and exotic classmate. Ambrosia brings together Meg, Alix, and Stephanie who quickly bond and form a friendship based on their shared anger, and the fact that the three are destined to become The Furies, powerful creatures of Greek mythology.
All of a sudden, Meg's life begins to change in miraculous ways as she and the girls begin to correct injustices, forcing people to acknowledge their bad behavior and make amends for it. When a humiliating event pushes things too far for one of the Furies, things begin to quickly get out of hand. What starts as good intentions quickly becomes escalating hatred and revenge. Will Raymond be able to save Meg from herself, her anger, and the puppet strings Ambrosia uses to control her? Or is the anger she carries inside just too great? Justice and revenge collide in this modern tale of The Furies.
I thought this book was solid, yet there is nothing mind-blowing about it. It had good pacing and the story was engaging, but predictable at times. I liked the idea of a modern Furies story and if you're a fan of Greek mythology, you may enjoy it. See for yourself when it releases later in April. Enjoy! *XOXO*
Expected publication date: April 16, 2013 by Henry Holt and Co. BYR