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House of Furies, a sat­is­fy­ing tale of hor­ror and mys­tery, has al­most ex­celled rather well in a rare re­gard for young adult nov­els. And that is to tackle in­trigu­ing, even cruel, mat­ters in the realm of ideas. Take for ex­am­ple the ideas of cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment (of evil pun­ish­ing evil it­self ), chance and fa­tal­ism, and the un­just­ness of life it­self. Such are the para­dox­i­cal and com­plex mat­ters dealt with in this novel.

Cen­tral­ized Ideas

It’s quite rare feat for a young adult novel to be built around an idea in­stead of the usual char­ac­ter-plus-plot setup. Most young adult nov­els rely on their char­ac­ters to tell the story.

The ones in the dystopian genre do hold sur­pris­ingly great ideas but at once shad­owed by its char­ac­ter’s nar­ra­tive. Usu­ally writ­ten in first­per­son, young adult nov­els re­volve too much on their nar­ra­tor’s story. In most cases, th­ese nov­els end up tak­ing the back­ground for granted, which in it­self can be a whole story.

So far, the right bal­ance be­tween an idea and the sto­ry­telling is yet to be achieved. House of Furies come closer to that than most young nov­els I’ve read, and this one here doesn’t even fall un­der the dystopian genre. That makes this novel en­tirely sig­nif­i­cant

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