About Fervor #1
Fervor – published by May December Publications
Abandoned and scared, but less alone than he could have ever imagined, Sam awakens to the screams of the other children on the island of Fervor, and the absence of all adults. To make matters worse, despite hearing this chaos in his head, he finds himself deaf to the normal sounds around him. His only answers are now being provided by a strangely charismatic boy named Francis who is about to lead Sam to a gathering that will alter his life. Why have things changed so drastically on the island, who is responsible for these changes, and what does this mean to the remaining inhabitants of Fervor?
Sam wakes to the sound of millions of voices screaming in pain and fear. His own should be among them, but he can’t hear. The world has changed overnight. The adults, who cared for the children, are gone. There are only the Bigs and Littles left. Sam is a Little.
The children find themselves split into house families – six in all. Sam’s house consists of Francis—the Teller, Sarah (another Little) – the Fixer, Fiona (a Big) – the Keeper, Nathan – the Watcher, Sam – the Finder, and Royce – the Control. Each of the first five themselves connected telepathically, but each has lost one of their five senses. Only Royce is unaffected.
“Fervor” is a compelling YA fantasy/ sci-fi novel. I found it captivating. The children find themselves in an untenable situation and learn to function as well as they can given their circumstances. Some fair better than others.
The characters are interesting and diverse. Their alliances and interactions clearly depicted. The plot is compelling, urging readers to continue and leaves enough questions hanging to make the reader long for a sequel. Although written for YA, the novel is a great read for adults. I highly recommend “Fervor”.
Five Golden Acorns
An exciting and enticing novel on a literally magical enclave (in which magic is used in place of say, electricity, and fuel power) beginning on an ordinary morning which is suddenly, exactly the opposite of ordinary. All the adults (the Minders) are gone-who knows where? There are older children-adolescents-and younger children. Now the olders (Bigs) are sort of mentors to the younger, doling out a tiny bit of knowledge here, another tad bit there. In some ways, the Bigs treat the Littles more like a drill sergeant might: the Littles are the ones with “talent” (which varies-some for example are “Finders” of people and objects; others are “Fixers” –Healers; others have other talents entirely). The Bigs dole out only enough information-and behave in such a way-as to force the younger children to awaken to their talents, which takes place in the new situation of having lost a physical sense (such as vision or hearing) and finding the replacement to be pure mental telepathy. In a sense, like “Lord of the Flies” on a larger scale-because of course both Bigs and Littles still deal with human emotions, greed, cupidity, and all the other feelings-and anyone of them can virtually “tune in” to anyone else. In the meantime, the whole remaining group must figure out how to govern themselves, how to subsist, and how to survive-not to mention, what happened? Where did the Minders go? Why have they not been trained to operate the hover cars, or utilize magic for lighting, opening house doors, and so forth?
This fantasy/science fantasy will keep readers riveted to the page, eager to see what happened as well as what will happen to the characters.
-Mallory Anne-Marie Forbes
I think this tale about children with bizarre talents, abandoned on an island with no adults, would appeal to fantasy readers of any age, from grade school and up. The plot centers around one “house-family” in particular, consisting of a Teller, a Fixer, a Keeper, a Watcher, a Finder, and a Control, and the story is told from the POV of the Fixer, Sam. Francis, the Teller, explains to Sam that the children, Bigs and Littles, can now communicate with their minds through “the connection.” As Sam meets the rest of their assigned group, several of them begin to question the secrecy surrounding their new psychic abilities, as well as the loss of some of their other senses.
As much sci-fi and fantasy as I read, I am always reluctant to read a novel that mixes the two genres. Sometimes the author blends the two together well, and other times an author creates an abomination that makes me want to claw my eyes out. Fortunately, Boudreau tempered the mix with a good dose of mystery. Each chapter led me further down the rabbit hole – the scholars’ experiment on the island of Fervor. I was so desperate to find out what was behind “the Directives” given to all the house-families that I blew off my daily schedule in an attempt to read Boudreau’s novel in one setting.
What really stood out about the author’s writing style is Boudreau’s talent for fleshing out her characters with incredible detail. I immediately began forming opinions about all of them…and, more often than not, I had misjudged them. It’s a nice change to be surprised by the characters, rather than have them be predictable. The depths of their relationships were amazing, but believable, as Sam mentions the months and years that pass throughout his narration, so their unique situation was not hard to imagine.
I haven’t enjoyed this type of unusual story since Herbie Brennan’s Faerie Wars, and I recommend it to anyone who appreciates great storytelling.
-Ursula K Raphael, contributing writer at Zombiephiles.com & author of The Survivor
“All Sam could hear was the screaming, and the screaming was all in his head”… Those are the first words for this page-turning novel about Sam, his house family and the inhabitants of Fervor. This novel held my attention and kept me fascinated to the end.
I truly enjoyed Chantal Boudreau’s first published novel and found that not only was it effortless to read, because it flowed very well, but it also told of an amazing story. The cover artwork is wonderful, as are all the depictions. Very highly recommended!
Fervor is an original! Chantal’s debut novel captures the imagination on page one and doesn’t let go. Her characters have depth and are easy to identify with. This book breaks with traditional Science Fiction and Fantasy molds and draws readers into a unique kind of telekenetic thriller.
I recommend Fervor, and can’t wait for the follow up.
Fervor grabs your imagination immediately and refuses to let go as its life-like characters are tossed carelessly into a whirlpool of confusion and chaos where only they can help each other. Will they prevail or will they turn against each other while searching for a way out? At every turn in the story, you believe you have the answers, only to be proven incorrect. Discover the truth for yourself!
I LOVED the book. It was soooo good and it only took me about half a day to read it. Once I started I did not want to stop.
– Pat Thompson