Furious




By Jill Wolfson
Published on April 16, 2012
Published by Henry Holt and Company BYR
Source: Publisher for Review
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.


The Furies are not chicks you want to mess with.  That is partially the moral of this story.  The story centers around 4 girls and one male friend.  Ambrosia is the ring leader of sorts- she is a lost soul, wandering through time, reawakening the Furies time and again to cause destruction (and hurt a very specific line of descendents).  This time, Ambrosia has awoken Alix, Stephanie, and Meg- three girls who have been hurt and who secretly wish for revenge for the wrongs of their lives.




This book is not pretty- bad things happen to the people around the Furies, especially if they have wronged the girls in some way.  The Furies are not fairies, they are not Disney-fied, they are... well... ugly.  They are cruel, angry girls bent on their own form of justice and revenge.


Out of the characters, I am not completely sure that I liked any of the characters (except for Meg's friend).  I thought they were all not nice, although Meg had glimpses of being a good person.  This is important to the plot though, because if they were all sweet, kind, innocent girls- well that doesn't make a good demi-goddess of destruction, does it?


All in all Furious was a good book. I enjoyed the mythology surrounding the girls and the history lessons.  The end was very fast for me, but I am glad that it ended the way it did.  The book was left open for a semi-sequel, so I am curious if that will be happening.  If you are a fan of Greek Mythology- absolutely give Furious a shot.  It won't give you a warm gushy feeling, but it was highly entertaining.

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