Magic, fate and hope collide in the stunning conclusion of New York Times bestselling author Rachel Vincent’s acclaimed Menagerie trilogy…
1986: Rebecca Essig leaves a slumber party early but comes home to a massacre—committed by her own parents. Only one of her siblings has survived. But as the tragic event unfolds, she begins to realize that other than a small army of six-year-olds, she is among very few survivors of a nationwide slaughter.
The Reaping has begun.
Present day: Pregnant and on the run with a small band of compatriots, Delilah Marlow is determined to bring her baby into the world safely and secretly. But she isn’t used to sitting back while others suffer, and she’s desperate to reunite Zyanya, the cheetah shifter, with her brother and children. To find a way for Lenore the siren to see her husband. To find Rommily’s missing Oracle sisters. To unify this adopted family of fellow cryptids she came to love and rely on in captivity.
But Delilah is about to discover that her role in the human versus cryptid war is destined to be much larger—and more dangerous—than she ever could have imagined.
Weaving together past and present in this heartbreaking tale of sacrifice and self-discovery, Fury is the deeply moving finale to a series that readers won’t soon forget.
About the Book
by Rachel Vincent
The Menagerie Series
SciFi & Fantasy
October 30, 2018
Fury is a powerfully relevant conclusion to an amazing series, I’d recommend this book to fans of Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson series, people who enjoyed Anne Bishop’s The Others and to anyone who enjoys books that aren’t afraid to draw parallels with real-world issues, whether there is a ‘solve’ for them or not.
I loved Rebecca’s story; I especially enjoyed the way it tied into the issues Delilah and the other characters face in this novel, despite the time gap, and I feel like a few loose threads from previous novels were skilfully tied up through the use of the flashbacks. I even (surprisingly) loved the way Rebecca’s story was told. Split-timelines can be tough to do right, they can delay major plot points to fake a build up of tension, but that’s not what happens in Fury. Rebecca’s story enhanced (rather than distracted from) the main plot of the novel.
I liked the way that Gallagher’s storyline was tied up. I think the happy ending he receives is a little unlikely, (the political situation built-in the world of the Menagerie series was one of the things I liked best, and the hinted at end to this was not specific enough to satisfy me) but I’m glad he got one.
I’m glad that the book didn’t shy away from examining the social and political ramifications of tragedies like mass shootings and other such acts of violence. The need to ignore the instinctive response to find someone to blame and fight when society itself is wounded is put brilliantly in what is one of my favourite lines from the book.
“We make one cut, and instead of bandaging the wound, humanity tries to carve it out…They turn a dribble of blood into a fount.”
That brief snippet isn’t just an example of the amazing, raw dialogue you’ll find in the book; it’s a brilliant summary of the problem with a war on terror. Frightening as it is to confront, there is no easy way to fix a systemic problem like a lack of trust, or trustworthiness, that results in terrorists, vigilantes, martyrs and mass shooters. Tragedies cannot be prevented by spreading hate and panic, explaining how Fury deals with this very weighty issue would be a definite spoiler, so I’ll just say that I think Rachel Vincent does a good job of drawing real world parallels without being trite or sending the wrong message. Instead, Fury mirrors and explores real-world issues much like the first two books in the Menagerie series did when examining the issues of othering, racism/discrimination and gendered power imbalances.
Even listing all of the issues skillfully worked into the series helps to explain why Fury wasn’t able to tie up every character’s storyline as neatly as I’d like. There are some heavy issues dealt with over the course of the Menagerie series, something you already know if you’ve read the first two (and I really wouldn’t recommend reading Fury if you haven’t, not a lot would make sense). As the book itself puts it— “Comfort is not the purpose of truth”.
While I loved the truths Fury explored, I do have a few minor complaints. The action took a while to get going, with the main threat not being presented clearly until almost halfway through. That being said, the characters in this book remained frustratingly oblivious to the very-clear explanation behind the threats, and then ‘discovered’ the real threat only via a very roundabout manner. The slow start in Fury can probably be explained, because the first two books already presented the world as antagonist to the main characters, so a more specific antagonist wasn’t entirely necessary to build tension.
The setting of Fury was likewise a little disappointing, though only in contrast to the richly detailed and unique environments described in Menagerie and Spectacle (the previous books in the series). There were also a few major events that were foreshadowed in the previous Menagerie books that I don’t believe carried the emotional weight they should have, as they were incidental to the plot rather than raising the stakes or providing motivation for later plot points. That being said, Fury does its job as a conclusion to the Menagerie series, whilst raising awareness of political and social issues.
This book holds a mirror up to some of the most complex and frightening problems being faced by modern society, while also telling a compelling tale of sacrifice, justice and the only end possible when people give in to fear.
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