Book Review: Furious by Jill Wolfson

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.

Release Date: April 16, 2013
Age Group: YA
Source: Review copy from publisher

I was pleasantly surprised by Furious. I thought it was a great read, and loved that it is a stand-alone novel.  

What you read in the summary is exactly what you get in the story: three high school girls who becoming the Furies of Greek legend. The girls aren't friends, instead they know of each other but each one is sort of a loner, except for Meg, who has a best friend. They are brought together by Ambrosia, a classmate, who nurtures their power and leads them into their roles.  

What starts as a testing of the Furies' power turns into a social experiment gone wrong. Because, when you think about it, where do you draw the line at exacting revenge? Everyone has something they've done wrong at some point in their lives, and the Furies take it upon themselves to punish everyone as they see fit. But all of the justice wrought on others takes it toll on the girls. Like they say, forgiveness is a gift you give to yourself. And once the Furies figure that out, the game changes. 

What really stood out for me in Furious was the imagery and emotions. I loved the way Wolfson wrote, and the basis in Greek legend was a neat twist. Ambrosia's personal journal entries at the start of each chapter added a lot of depth and intrigue to the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed Furious and would recommend it to fans of YA. I was very happy with the conclusion of the book and would definitely read Jill Wolfson again.


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