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Fury by Rachel Vincent
Narrator: Gabra Zackman
Series: Menagerie #3
Published by Recorded Books on October 30, 2018
Length: 8 hours, 29 minutes
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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.
I wondered how things would go for our group of escapees in the next story of the Menagerie series. The group is hiding out in a cabin near Washington DC. There is no long-term plan beyond survival. They are preparing and waiting for the birth of Delilah’s baby. The entire group sacrifices to help Delilah.
Fury has a new aspect blending past and present. The chapters alternate between the present from Delilah’s perspective and that of Rebecca Essig from the time of the Reaping in 1986. The tale eventually gives us the connection between Rebecca Essig and Delilah and explains how Delilah became a Fury.
Most of the story is spent in weaving the past to the present and preparing for the baby’s birth. It is suspenseful and terrifying throughout because there is so much misunderstanding, hate and death. People hate the cryptids simply because they aren’t human, while the Reaping was not caused by them.
I am not sure I understand everything which happened at the end, and I won’t spoil it for you. Even with an epilogue, the ending seemed abrupt. The story is about Delilah and we don’t get much closure on what happened to the rest of the group. It’s a sad, horrifying, sometimes quick-to-judge world, but there are the compassionate as well.
Gabra Zackman is one of my favorite, FAVORITE narrators ever. She does an amazing job here as well as with the rest of the series. I listened at my usual 1.25x speed. Her performance of male and female voices is excellent and she does differentiate the voice between the different characters.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge