A Thrilling Blend of Cli-Fi and Post-Apocalyptic Chaos

4.25 out of 5 stars

In J.R. Tate’s latest novel, Fury, I was treated to an electrifying experience that seamlessly blends climate fiction (Cli-Fi) with post-apocalyptic intensity. As a long-time fan of the author’s work, I was thrilled to dive into another J.R. Tate creation, and once again, her storytelling prowess did not disappoint.

As an avid lover of Cli-Fi, I have often found it challenging to come across audiobooks that explore this genre effectively. However, Fury not only delves into the captivating world of climate fiction but also manages to make it come alive through vivid storytelling and gripping narration. The storms that were described were insane and honestly, with the way things have been going – it felt like it could be less fiction and more non-fiction.

Fury throws readers directly into the maelstrom of the Southern United States while it’s currently being ravaged by violent storms (a Hurricane in January if I remember correctly) along with tornados and massive wind storms), immediately evoking memories of the intense film “The Day After Tomorrow” and the heart-pounding tornado action of “Twister.” This fast-paced and thrilling introduction sets the stage for what unfolds as a tale of survival in a radically changed world.

Tate’s portrayal of the power and devastation of these storms is commendable, leaving readers with a visceral understanding of the forces at play. However, Fury becomes more than just a climate fiction story. It quickly evolves into a post-apocalyptic adventure, exploring the challenges and resilience of the characters in this unforgiving landscape.

One of the author’s notable strengths lies in her ability to craft believable and relatable characters. In Fury, the cast of survivors comes to life with their unique struggles and triumphs. Some characters are so well-defined that they practically leap off the page, leaving a lasting impression, even if not always in the most favorable way.

While Fury ventures beyond the traditional boundaries of Cli-Fi, Tate skillfully weaves together elements of two captivating genres, creating a narrative that is both thrilling and thought-provoking. The blend of environmental catastrophe and post-apocalyptic survival makes for an enthralling read that keeps readers engaged until the very end (and wanting more since it appears to be book one in a series).

I did want to call out that I enjoyed most of Brad Holbrook’s performance. There were a few moments where he was utilizing some voice modulation (cell phone, bad connections, etc) where it probably wasn’t needed – it did add to the drama a bit, but made it heard to hear and follow the story. Outside of that, I thought he did a great job.

Rage, the second book in this series appears to come out in December of 2023, which can be picked up on Amazon here.

Book Description:

Kindle edition currently available with Kindle Unlimited

Beneath a turbulent sky, two meteorologists find themselves at the forefront of a cataclysmic battle between humanity and nature in this gripping tale of survival. Gavin Dolan and Avery Phillips, seasoned storm chasers, have witnessed the fury of hurricanes and tornadoes firsthand. But nothing could prepare them for the monstrous storm systems threatening to annihilate mankind.

As the world teeters on the brink of devastation, Gavin and Avery are thrust into a race against time. The government turns to them for answers, tasking them with unraveling the mysteries behind these unprecedented weather phenomena. Lives hang in the balance as each new storm unleashes a deadly dance of destruction, pitting humanity’s resilience against the wrath of the elements.

In this war waged on a grand scale, families are torn apart, communities shattered, and the very fabric of civilization unravels. With dwindling resources and desperate stakes, Gavin and Avery must delve into the depths of scientific knowledge to comprehend the origins of these apocalyptic weather patterns. Yet, as they uncover shocking truths, they face a haunting realization—nature is gearing up for its ultimate revenge, poised to reclaim what was once taken for granted and usher in the extinction of the human race.

Amid the chaos, Gavin and Avery must summon their expertise, courage, and unyielding determination to defy the unfathomable forces of nature. Can they unlock the secrets that lie within the tempests’ heart and find a way to preserve humanity’s existence? Or will they become mere witnesses to the earth’s wrathful retribution?

In this gripping tale of suspense and survival, the boundaries of human ingenuity are tested against the overwhelming power of nature. Brace yourself for an electrifying journey as Gavin and Avery navigate a world teetering on the edge of annihilation, where the ultimate question looms: Can humanity outwit its own demise and weather the storm of a lifetime?

Fury by J.R. Tate
Narrator: Brad Holbrook
Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
Series: Respect the Wind #1
Published by Self Published on June 26th 2023
Genres: Cli-Fi
Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Tornado Warning, Drought Warning: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller (The Damaged Climate Series Book 2)

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