HOUSE OF FURIES
A NOVEL BY MADELEINE ROUX
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.
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