(The Cure #1)
Published: March 25th, 2014
Genres: YA, Dystopian, Sci-f
In the tradition of Divergent comes a novel about a world where negative emotions are stolen ... and only those with fury can stand up and fight.
Eighteen-year-old Josephine Luquet wakes naked and covered in blood that is not hers on the same day every year—when the blood moon is full. Josi has not responded to the "Cure"—an immunization against anger mandated by the government—and believes herself to be a threat to others.
Then she meets Luke. Luke has had the Cure but seems different to the other "drones"—and he's dead set on helping Josi discover the truth about herself before the next blood moon.
But time is running out. Is Luke willing to risk his life to be near her? Does he truly understand what violence she is capable of?
Raw and full of passion, Fury is a story of love in a dystopian world, and how much we are willing to forgive in the struggle to remember our humanity.
ALICIA: Hi Charlotte, I'm so excited to have you here today on Addicted Readers! :)
ALICIA: 1. Can you tell us in depth a little bit about FURY, without giving spoilers?
CHARLOTTE: Fury is a dystopian sci-fi novel about a girl named Josephine who lives in a futuristic world that has had anger ‘cured’ from humanity. She alone has slipped through the cracks and retains her fury, along with the memories of some very nasty things she has committed — without her control — on the night of the blood moon. To discover an explanation to this,and to escape the agents of the regime, Josi must learn to trust the only person in her life, Luke, a stranger who has plenty of secrets of his own. It’sa very romantic story about what happens to people when they are set apart from the rest of society, and the loneliness of being the only one courageous enough to fight.
ALICIA: 2. What gave you the idea to write FURY?
CHARLOTTE: I initially came up with the idea for Fury when I read an account of a man in England who went through a horrible trauma and subsequently believed he was transforming into a werewolf. This story sparked the idea of Josi’s character, and got me thinking about what it would be like to have no control over your actions, and to never be certain of your own sanity. The world built itself around Josi, as all the pieces of the dystopian society fell into place.
ALICIA: 3. What was your most challenging situation/event as becoming or being a writer and why?
CHARLOTTE: Getting published is challenging. Earning a living is challenging. And the writing itself is incredibly challenging. I wouldn’t recommend this life to anyone who isn’t completely obsessed with writing and compelled to do it. You’re going to be poor for a long time. It’s also a really introspective life, and can be lonely sometimes.
ALICIA: 4. Can you tell us 5 things about you?
CHARLOTTE: I live in Sydney, Australia. I have a Masters degree in screenwriting. My writing fantasy of all time is to write on a show like Game of Thrones (I would die and go to heaven). I’m obsessed with mythology of all kinds, particularly Celtic. I still watch Disney movies with embarrassing frequency.
ALICIA: 5. What's the best thing that's happen to you as an author, and why?
CHARLOTTE: The publishing contracts I’ve signed have been definite high points. Or possibly when I won the Australian Writer’s Guild Award for Best Unproduced Screenplay of 2013. Or, actually, pretty much anytime I finish a book – that’s the best (and strangely enough, often the worst)feeling in the world.
ALICIA: 6. Describe FURY in 10 words.
CHARLOTTE: The intimate story of two people in a dark world
ALICIA: Thank you so much Charlotte, for doing this interview with me, and I definitely look forward to reading FURY in the near future! :)
Charlotte started writing her children’s fantasy series ‘The Strangers of Paragor’ as a teenager and has since gone on to publish five novels. After a Masters degree in Screenwriting she wrote ‘Avery’, the first in her adult fantasy series ‘The Chronicles of Kaya’, published by Random House. She now lives in Sydney, Australia, and has just released a new dystopian sci-fi novel called ‘Fury – Book One of The Cure’, published by Momentum.
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