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The Fervor
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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From the acclaimed and award-winning author of The Hunger and The Deep comes a new psychological and supernatural twist on the horrors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II. 1944: As World War II rages on, the threat has come to the home front. In a remote corner of Idaho, Meiko Briggs and her daughter, Aiko, are desperate to return home. Following Meiko's husband's enlistment as an air force pilot in the Pacific months prior, Meiko and Aiko were taken from their home in Seattle and sent to one of the internment camps in the Midwest. It didn't matter that Aiko was American-born: They were Japanese, and therefore considered a threat by the American government. Mother and daughter attempt to hold on to elements of their old life in the camp when a mysterious disease begins to spread among those interned. What starts as a minor cold quickly becomes spontaneous fits of violence and aggression, even death. And when a disconcerting team of doctors arrive, nearly more threatening than the illness itself, Meiko and her daughter team up with a newspaper reporter and widowed missionary to investigate, and it becomes clear to them that something more sinister is afoot, a demon from the stories of Meiko's childhood, hell-bent on infiltrating their already strange world. Inspired by the Japanese yokai and the jorogumo spider demon, The Fervor explores a supernatural threat beyond what anyone saw coming; the danger of demonization, a mysterious contagion, and the search to stop its spread before it's too late.
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Addison_Reads
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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This short story isn't in the database so I've tagged another that I liked by this author.

Alma Katsu has become a favorite author. With the unique ability to blend morality with horror in her stories, I find myself always being deeply moved while also being creeped out and entertained.

This is such a great version of the werewolf myth and I was not expecting the ending at all. 😱
Highly recommend!

vivastory I will have to check out both The Fervor & this one! I have read 2 Katsu books: The Hunger (loved it) & Red Widow (meh) but I do want to read more of her work. 2mo
Addison_Reads @vivastory I also loved The Hunger, but I haven't read Red Widow. I look forward to seeing what you think about Wehrwolf. @Reggie recently showcased it in his countdown this month of short stories. 2mo
Reggie Poor Uwe and Katya. 💔 I‘m glad you liked it. 2mo
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Clare-Dragonfly
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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I didn‘t get along with the writing style. I tried to give it a shot in hopes it would become scary, but it just wasn‘t working for me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Decalino
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Set primarily in a Japanese internment camp during WWII, this chilling horror novel describes a mysterious and sometimes deadly sickness, with symptoms that include attacks of violent rage. Both science and the supernatural play a role, but the true evil is clearly humanity's recurring willingness to dehumanize others. It's definitely worth reading the afterword for more on this infamous period in US history. A tense and timely read.

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Hooked_on_books
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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WWII is raging and mysterious parachutes or balloons are falling from the sky in the US. Shortly after one falls, bad things start to happen—people sicken and die and odd emotions boil up. Set partially in a Japanese-American intern camp, this book melds horror and Japanese mythology. I really enjoyed it from start to finish.

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AmandaBlaze
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Historical fiction mixed with Japanese folklore. The novel is set during WWII in America when thousands of Japanese Americans were sent to concentration camps across the country. It also mirrors the violence Asian Americans are experiencing today. Trigger Warning: Tiny spiders and racism.

WJCintron Sounds great! Stacked it! I have The hunger! Haven't read it yet! 6mo
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AmandaBlaze
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Today's patio reading.

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Michael_Gee
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Mehso-so

A parable about America today told through a paranoia-thriller set in the 1940s w/archetypical characters. It bypasses the (easier) claustrophobia of an internment camp to get at the claustrophobia of being a minority in the US & how quickly the walls close in. Unlike her other novels, this one lacks the rootedness in a historical era perhaps b/c its intention is to hold a mirror to our time. More below ⬇️

Michael_Gee But it doesn‘t work for me as a novel. Many lines are the equivalent of looking directly to camera, & this along w/small inconsistencies & a deux ex machina never allowed me to fully get into the story. The message is clear but as a novel it is like a hastily built shack. You can see the builder & her world through the many gaps between the boards. 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence What a well written review! 7mo
Michael_Gee @LiteraryinLawrence oh wow, thank you! It‘s hard to distill all your thoughts into the allotted characters here. I will read any historical horror novel Alma Katsu puts out, this one just didn‘t work for me. 7mo
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keithlafo
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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A dark, terrifying, and confidently told story. With a combination of gruesome history and Japanese folklore, Katsu explores the grim and horrific reality for Japanese-Americans in the 1940s. Her best book so far.

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Twainy
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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🎧 it‘s 1944, Meiko & Aiko are evacuated from Idaho to an internment camp in the Midwest. Meiko‘s husband is a pilot in the US military.

Fran‘s a reporter who wants to break a big story that she‘s a part of but no one wants to talk about. People are getting cold-like symptoms, becoming combative & then die.

Will the 3 of them make it back to Idaho & find out what‘s going on?

Not a fan of spider-filled balloons but enjoyed this.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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TorieStorieS
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Katsu‘s latest historical horror novel set during the end of WWII takes place largely in an internment camp- but also ties together the story of a Nebraskan journalist eager to find the truth behind mysterious balloons that leave destruction in their wake and a preacher who stumbled into one balloon‘s path. Well-written, I think the characters all come to life here, and the creepy imagery is shiver-inducing! A timely read too, despite the era.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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Set in the true historical horror of the WWII Japanese internment camps, this is atmospheric and hallucinogenic. It‘s also perfect for readers of historical fiction. Its undercurrents of horror, both human and supernatural, add a twist that hits all too close to home. Katsu draws on family experiences, colored by her own perspective on the last few years in the US. Excellent!

Full review https://www.TheBibliophage.com
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Clwojick Way to go! 💖 8mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Clwojick Thanks! Now that we have the new color grid, I‘ve been matching a few covers that didn‘t fit the first one. 🙌🏻 8mo
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Addison_Reads
The Fervor | Alma Katsu
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#NetGalley #ARC

This author wrote one of my favorite books, The Hunger. She does a wonderful job of taking real historical events and adding a supernatural/horror storyline.

The Fervor is set at an Japanese American internment camp. When a disease breaks out in the camp, a young daughter sets out to discover what is happening. Katsu's story is inspired by the Japanese yokai and the spider demon and things get intense and creepy.

Reggie This sounds freakin amazing. 11mo
Addison_Reads @Reggie Based on other books I know you like, I think you'll really enjoy this one. 11mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oooh! Requested!! 🤞🏻🤞🏻 11mo
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