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Reviewed by Caitlin Lyle Farley for Readers' Favorite
Ty wasn’t Wil’s father, but he’s the only parent Wil has ever known. He’s raised him the way Wil’s deceased mother asked him too, not strong in their way, but strong in the ways of the heart. Then Wil meets a Revout in the forest. Ty told him to run if he ever saw a Revout, but it’s too late. The man sees the Heater mark tattooed on Wil’s forehead and then the others come. Wil is taken from Manitoq and the settlement burns behind him. He sees his mother’s grave dug up, her remains opened to the world, but there’s only one body when there’s supposed to be two. The Midwife is still alive, but Wil has no way of finding her in the Redukayshun centre of Ferule, and no way of discovering the truth about the Atrocity until he finds her.
There are so many layers to this book, but I can sum it up in one word: amazing. Brin Murray has created a vivid and fascinating world that serves as a warning to us all. I only wish there was a map to accompany the book. Ferule is a hard and cruel place made even more shocking when portrayed through the eyes of children, who accept the brutality in the matter of fact way that children deal with such things. The relationships between Wil and the Ferule Squadecs are nuanced and complex. While the Squadecs at Ferule are required to dole out vicious punishments, there’s also an unexpected kindness and logical thinking in their Captain, Jace. Children of the Furnace is not only an engrossing novel, but also a book that changes the way you see the world.