In Fury, two teens misbehave and are, of course, punished. The Furies -- figures you'd recognise from Greek mythology -- come for Em and Chase, seeking retribution.
Though, for a story about retribution, you would expect redemption as a theme, wouldn't you? Our characters' are trying to escape punishment, but aren't trying to make up for their actions. Our characters were relatable in their mistakes, yes, but not particularly admirable.
The paranormal element to the story was subtle and threaded smoothly into the story. The author's reimagining of the Furies was intriguing and well-adapted to a modern setting, while keeping it recognisably similar to the original. The Furies themselves were eerie but with an odd allure, creepy but curious.
I can't say there was anything noteworthy about the characters (the third person narration kept us at a certain distance to them) or the writing style that told us everything rather than showing us but the story was presumably intended to be plot-driven anyway.
While overall I'd say that Fury was an entertaining read, the pacing proved a problem for me. The first half of book tells a story concurrent to and important to the future of Em's, but that it was stretched for so long made its ending awkward. The main story -- her story -- sat quietly in the background waiting for Chase's to finish when they could have ran together.
While I understand the point of the plot device -- sometimes characters need to exist or things need to happen just so that the story can happen -- those devices shouldn't be just dropped into the story where they're needed. They need to be weaved in as not to interrupt the flow. Drea's help and Em's revelation about JD were employed at convenient times but not entirely justified. I found myself flicking back thinking I'd missed something when they came up out of nowhere.
I did find that the ending skilfully tied up the loose ends in a realistic manner, and the different perspective in the epilogue left room for the rest of the trilogy that the main story did not.
Fury was, overall, an well-plotted story with an intriguing premise, but the flawed pacing took away from it. My prediction is that now that the scene's been set and the main complication's been introduced that the rest of the series will pick up.
I give Fury a 3 out of 5.