The Fury, by Camilla Quinn
Publisher: Less Than Three Press
Release Date: February 15, 2017
Hanna has been a prisoner of the Institute for her entire adult life. Though the Institute claims residents are there to be rehabilitated so they can rejoin society, everyone knows they are prisoners for life. Especially the Howlers, dangerous residents restricted to solitary confinement. But her friend, Mya, is dead set on escape, and Hanna is helpless to do anything but agree—even if escape means being forced to overcome her fear of the Howlers, fear of herself, and fear of what happens if they fail—or succeed.
Friends to Lovers
Escape from Prison
Set in the far future, society seems to have more or less ended as a huge chunk of the remaining population is living in the Institute. While I was mostly pleased with an East Asian girl as the book’s main character, I felt a huge deficit in both character development and world building.
A majority of the book takes place in the Institute, where Hanna, her best friend and several other inmates are trying to plot their escape. It takes almost three quarters of the book before a character info dumps the backstory about the Howlers and what the Institute is. And, although Hanna is Asian, her ethnicity isn’t specified (her last name is simply Cho), nor does her being Asian seem to matter to any of the characters (or to herself) or have any context in the story at all. In fact, the only physical descriptors we get about her character are that she’s short and thin, which are never mentioned again.
The Fury is also written in present tense, and while not my favorite, did help make the book a faster read. But, in hindsight, that quick read may have had something to do with the thin world building or failing to make me care about the characters. Overall, I found Hanna, Mya and the supporting characters to be stereotypical and without dimension; most of the time, I had no idea what was happening, and even as events unfolded, I couldn’t understand why I should care.
Additionally, although I had selected this book for the F/F pairing, I found the book was really light in that arena and doesn’t spend a lot of time focusing on that (at least in a way that I would find meaningful). So, a main selling point of the novel wasn’t as present as I would’ve liked.
So while I thought The Fury had an interesting premise with an POC lead, I was ultimately disappointed with its execution.
Camilla Quinn is an English major from South Texas. When she isn’t saving the world one insurance policy at a time or scribbling scenes between phone calls, she’s tending to a hyperactive corgi or referencing obscure movie quotes.
You can purchase The Fury from:
Less Than Three Press
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.