Wednesday, 6 July 2011
Review: Angel's Fury by Bryony Pearce
Written in first person narrative from Cassie's point of view. Sleep deprived and barely functioning due to her recurring nightmares, I could literally feel the weight of her tiredness emanating through the pages. Cassie is instantly relatable to people like myself that use books as a means of escapism, quite literally losing yourself in the pages of the book.
Powerfully descriptive writing makes for a very compelling read even though I did find some of the imagery disturbing. You have to remember that I have a very sensitive nature [ : D ] The prose showed how easily the worlds atrocities take place and could re-occur with only the slightest of provocation.
The way in which the 'help' for Cassie was portrayed and the misuse of the position of authority was terrifying to imagine; as a parent myself you always question what is best for your child and the other people you trust with their safety. Sometimes even those closest to you aren't always the best choice. The portrayal of how young minds can be manipulated by a few well placed suggestions was absolutely horrifying. I felt as if brain-washing was taking place and it frightened me as to how easy it is to shape the thoughts of younger people.
The dynamic use of the Old Testament gave credence to the plot. The idea of free-will versus destiny was woven through the narrative adding to the layers of the story. There are some very interesting plot twists that enhance the story as a whole.
The power of sleep really is a miraculous thing - proven quite poignantly via this story.
An original and well written debut by Bryony Pearce. I would love to see another book in the series as the ending left a beautiful opening for further development.