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Furious

Furious - Amazing story! FURIOUS takes three angry girls who don't have anything to do with each other and molds them into the Furies of old. What the three do have in common is anger. Alix loves to surf but hates how the other surfers push her aside and really hate how her older, developmentally delayed brother is teased and tormented by the other kids and neglected by his irresponsible father. Stephanie hates how people are abusing nature and hates the way her real estate developing mother minimizes her concerns. Meg is the narrator of this story. She is a foster child and has been one from birth. She has gone from family to family and seen all the bad in the foster care system. She is currently housed with an older lady she has nicknamed the Leech. Her only friend is Raymond who is a gay genius who is a misfit because of his personality which even Meg agrees is annoying. And she has an unrequited crush on Brendon who is one of the surfer crowd which has caused Meg particular torment. She sees something different in him that others don't see. Enter Ambrosia who has been seeking revenge since the days of the ancient Greeks and who is determined to have revenge on the descendant of the ancient prince who caused her death. She brings out the girls not-so-latent anger. The girls start out small but soon their actions escalate as they try to bring about Ambrosia's idea of justice. Fighting Ambrosia is Ms. Pallas who is a teacher at Hunter High who happens to be teaching Western Civilization and who is Pallas Athena, Ambrosia's ancient enemy.I liked the characters. I liked the writing style. I liked that the novel was formatted like an ancient play by Aeschylus complete with stasimons written by Ambrosia. I liked that Raymond remained the voice of reason. I liked that the kids--especially Meg and Raymond--decided that they wouldn't be anyone's puppet. I liked watching Meg and Brendon's relationship develop and crash. And I especially liked that forgiveness was not automatic.FURIOUS is an excellent entry into the group of current novels that are injecting Ancient Greek mythology into contemporary paranormal fiction. I recommend it highly.