The Fever King

The Fever King

by Victoria Lee

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ISBN-13: 9781542040174
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Feverwake Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 171,568
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Victoria Lee grew up in Durham, North Carolina, where she spent twelve ascetic years as a vegetarian before discovering that spicy chicken wings are, in fact, a delicacy. She’s been a state finalist competitive pianist, a hitchhiker, a pizza connoisseur, an EMT, an expat in China and Sweden, and a science doctoral student. She’s also a bit of a snob about fancy whiskey. Lee writes early in the morning and then spends the rest of the day trying to impress her border collie puppy and make her experiments work. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her partner.

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The Fever King 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
tpolen 3 days ago
I've read some good reviews of this book and seen it on lists of highly anticipated releases. Considering that and the beautiful cover, I requested it on NetGalley. The different take on magic in this novel is intriguing. Magic is a virus, and only a slim percentage of people survive after being infected. If they are fortunate enough to survive, they become a witching and possess magic with varying powers. A lot of time and creativity were put into the world-building - it's complex and politically charged. The treatment of undocumented aliens is brutal and heart-wrenching, but also timely, and Noam finds himself straddling two different worlds. Initially, the pacing is on the slow side, and it took me a while to get into this story. On the flip side of that, the ending is exciting, full of twists, and moves at an astounding pace. There are conflicting opinions on the world-building in other reviews I've read. Some readers wanted more, some thought it was more of an information dump. I'm with the group that's unsure if they understood all the political angles. I found it a little confusing at times. The Fever King is filled with political intrigue, characters who possess powers along the lines of X-Men, and a wonderfully diverse cast. Overall, it's an enjoyable read, and more for the older YA crowd. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Charlotte Kinzie 5 days ago
The short blurb bit: The first thing I want to write is that “The Fever King” is going straight onto my list of best books of 2019. Yes, I’m that confident. I read a lot of books, always have, and when I read one that has an original concept … presented in a way that I absolutely love – it makes me a little giddy. The descriptive bit: The book begins with sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro. He lives in the USA of the future, an immigrant whose family fled outbreaks of a magical virus. Yes! A virus that spreads magic… but the kicker is most people don’t survive. The people who manage to survive the magical fever and wake up become “Witchings”. Noam works at a small store and volunteers his time at a refugee center. He’s a self-taught computer whiz and hacker and uses his skills to fight for refugee rights. Noam lost his mother when he was young and his father is now unreachable… so Noam’s beliefs and his work are his way of getting by day-to-day. Then everything changes. Very early on in the book, Noam heads home to find his father and neighbor ill. He soon realizes that there’s a viral outbreak… and he has been infected. The next thing Noam knows he is waking up and being drawn into a very different world. Noam survived the virus. He’s a witching. And the Nation of Carolinia wants him to work for them. Immersed in a new world, Noam struggles to maintain his ideals while learning that things may not be what he’s always thought they were. My thoughts bit: There are a few things that I love about this book. Let me start with the description of how the “Witchings” use their magical powers. I loved Lee’s premise that magic is based on an underlying knowledge of science. For instance, if you want to master the power of telekinesis you must have an in-depth knowledge of physics, matter, gravity etc. (Trust me when I say this is wonderfully written, I’m not doing it justice in my summation). I fell in love with the idea that even though one could be granted the potential to perform magical acts, that like many other things it had to be learned. The second thing that I found quite moving in this novel was the relationship between Noam and Dara. This is not a book for readers who want to read about a relationship that progresses quickly and for that I was truly grateful. The interactions between Noam and Dara swing between tolerating each other and inexplicably drawn together. The reasons for their connection and the friction between them become clear towards the end of the novel, but you know I’m not going to give it away. The way they care for each other is as complex and convoluted as the world they live in. This was one of those books that I couldn’t stop reading. The end … good GRIEF. I’m telling you, I’m already clicking around like mad on the internet to find out when I can preorder the second book! yes. It’s a series. (If you could see the smile on my face as I type that). The warnings bit: There are some mentions of abuse (power imbalance and physical), substance abuse (self-medicating), statutory rape.
Vicky-Who-Reads 9 days ago
I am stunned by this whole book. It effortlessly tackles so many important issues (i.e. the complexities of activism, refugees, etc.) in a dystopian, futuristic world that deviates from the classic 2010 YA dystopian and rather forges the way for a new, modern dystopian full of relevent issues that parallel our modern day's rep. Plus, the storyline is just that good and I devoured this whole book, not being able to get enough of this! It was wonderful and I can't believe that ending. I need the next book ASAP. I would definitely recommend this to any teen (or adult) wanting to read something a little heavy, but so so good.
Kimberly_Gabriel 16 days ago
The Fever King by Victoria Lee is deep, complex, and layered in the best way. Lee works philosophical & current day realities into her fast-paced story set in a gritty world with magic & complex structures of power. Noam, a Jewish Latino bisexual teen survives a virus that kills his whole family. He becomes a technopath. His ability to control technology earns the attention of the government that has an objective that Noam doesn't agree with. But that's where he meets a Dara, a complicated boy that Noam begins to fall for. Lee's characters are beautiful, her slow-burn romance kept me turning the pages, and her twisty plot and allegory are compelling. I can't wait for the next one.
ruthanne13 17 days ago
I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of THE FEVER KING and it was absolutely stunning. Victoria Lee's character development was perfection -- I was immediately drawn in and I felt like I knew these characters. I cannot wait for the sequel!