Series: Fury, #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release: August 30, 2011
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon Pulse
My Copy: Publisher
Buy the Book: Amazon
Sometimes sorry isn't enough.... It’s winter break in Ascension, Maine. The snow is falling and everything looks pristine and peaceful. But not all is as it seems...
Between cozy traditions and parties with her friends, Emily loves the holidays. And this year’s even better--the guy she’s been into for months is finally noticing her. But Em knows if she starts things with him, there’s no turning back. Because his girlfriend is Em’s best friend.
On the other side of town, Chase is having problems of his own. The stress of his home life is starting to take its toll, and his social life is unraveling. But that’s nothing compared to what’s really haunting him. Chase has done something cruel...something the perfect guy he pretends to be would never do. And it’s only a matter of time before he’s exposed.
In Ascension, mistakes can be deadly. And three girls—three beautiful, mysterious girls—are here to choose who will pay. Em and Chase have been chosen.
I really enjoyed this book! I am really looking forward to reading the next in the series when it becomes available. What I liked about it was that the characters are very real. They seem like real teenagers who make mistakes and try to deal with the consequences. So often YA characters are caricatures of real teenagers. But I found these characters really believable. The book alternates between two narrators, Em and Chase. Each are dealing with their own problems. Em is in love with her best friend's boyfriend. When her best friend goes on vacation, temptation proves too much for Em and she ends up hooking up with the boyfriend. Chase is a star jock who did something very mean to someone. I can't really say too much without giving some of the story away! But how the author sets up each situation and how it is told from each perspective is very believable and makes you sympathetic to the characters.
Chase ends up meeting a beautiful redhead and falling in love with her. But bad things start happening to him. Em runs into the redhead's cousin and bad things start happening to her. See a pattern? The story unfolds slowly and you will keep turning the page wondering what is going to happen. You know these girls are bad news, but why? And how will it all play out? How will their fates be decided. It doesn't start out very much like a paranormal story, but certainly ends up that way. I was surprised at the resolution to Chase's story, but it certainly ups the ante for Em.
I recommend this book - perfect summer read!