Dystopian worlds and glimmering hope : Fury, by Rachel Vincent

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1986. The Reaping.

On a warm night in 1986,  Rebecca Essig comes home during the night to find her siblings slaughtered. Her own parents are covered in blood. Soon enough, she’ll realize that this has happened to others: during the same night, in the same circumstances. This will be a night remembered for ever; this is the night of the Reaping.

Present day

Thirty-something years later, Delilah is on the run, along with some fellow cryptids. The world seems to be against them, and Delilah is determined to protect her unborn child and help her friends reunite with their families.

But along with her own serious problems, some even worse begin to arise. Humans are being massively murdered again, and the blame is cast on cryptids.

Can Delilah figure out how to help humanity while remaining free and building a future for her child? Is her calling waiting for her out there?

The third book in the Menagerie series, Fury is a dark, yet beautiful tale of oppression, love and sacrifice. Rachel Vincent has managed to cleverly balance the dark, ominous setting of the story with the heroes’ love, hope and willingness to survive and thrive, even under the worst of circumstances.

Moving back and forth between two timelines seems easy and straightforward, while the plot remains immensely interesting for the reader, who tries to figure out the connection between the two stories. But don’t worry, this is done gradually and in a very enjoyable way. One piece of the puzzle each time you go back, until you get the full picture together – and you will be amazed. Bonus points, there is a very strong and exciting finale.

Fury is probably one of the best fantasy books of 2018, definitely not to be missed. Strongly recommended to all fans of the fantasy genre.