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The Fervor

By Alma Katsu
The Fervor by Alma Katsu digital book - Fable

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The acclaimed author of the celebrated literary horror novels The Hunger and The Deep turns her psychological and supernatural eye 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 the horrors of the supernatural beyond just the threat of the occult. With a keen and prescient eye, Katsu crafts a terrifying story about the danger of demonization, a mysterious contagion, and the search to stop its spread before it's too late. A sharp account of too-recent history, it's a deep excavation of how we decide who gets to be human when being human matters most. 

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“4.5 stars rounded up The Fervor follows Meiko and her daughter Aiko as they experience society during World War 2 and the racism they experienced as Japanese-American citizens. One of the things that kept me immersed in this story is the multiple perspectives throughout the novel. Alma Katsu did an amazing job at showing various experiences, emotions, and troubles through the different characters. It was endearing to see Aiko's intelligence along with her innocence during her chapters and how it contrasted with the reality of the situation through Meiko. I also appreciated the inclusion of the pastor and his feelings as he deals with the events he experienced and his guilt. The only perspective I didn't care for as much was Fran's; however, I did appreciate it and it helped with the progression of the story. There were some points in the story that were a little difficult to follow; however, I remained engaged with this book the entire time and didn't want to put it down! Overall, I really enjoyed this read and I'm looking forward to read other novels by her (:”
“As the entry into Katsu's work, this was a well-written, thought-provoking piece of historical fiction that did an amazing job of relaying the plight of the Japanese men and women who were forced into internment camps during World War II. I was blown away by how good she is at bringing together history and mythology/folk-lore into a single book. The consistent looming darkness and hardships that seemed to be pushed onto our main characters tugged at the heartstrings and left me with a bitter-sweet taste in my mouth. Absolutely looking forward to exploring "The Deep" and "meeting The Take".”

About Alma Katsu

Alma Katsu is the award-winning author of six novels, most recently Red Widow, The Deep, and The Hunger. She is a graduate of the master's writing program at the Johns Hopkins University and received her bachelor's degree from Brandeis University. Prior to the publication of her first novel, Katsu had a long career as a senior intelligence analyst for several U.S. agencies. She lives in West Virginia with her husband.

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