The Fever King (Feverwake Series #1)

The Fever King (Feverwake Series #1)

by Victoria Lee


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In the former United States, sixteen-year-old Noam Álvaro wakes up in a hospital bed, the sole survivor of the viral magic that killed his family and made him a technopath. His ability to control technology attracts the attention of the minister of defense and thrusts him into the magical elite of the nation of Carolinia.

The son of undocumented immigrants, Noam has spent his life fighting for the rights of refugees fleeing magical outbreaks—refugees Carolinia routinely deports with vicious efficiency. Sensing a way to make change, Noam accepts the minister’s offer to teach him the science behind his magic, secretly planning to use it against the government. But then he meets the minister’s son—cruel, dangerous, and achingly beautiful—and the way forward becomes less clear.

Caught between his purpose and his heart, Noam must decide who he can trust and how far he’s willing to go in pursuit of the greater good.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781542040402
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2019
Series: Feverwake Series , #1
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 38,343
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 14 - 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 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
alyzzp More than 1 year ago
I received a free eARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This by no means affected my opinion of it. ⚔ Dystopian literature is a genre that I usually either absolutely love or absolutely hate, but with THE FEVER KING, it's like the sun has turned off and the earth has stopped spinning and the world is out of sync. Did I like the book? Sure. Was it good? Sure. Was I emotionally invested? Maybe. THE FEVER KING is relatively slow paced in the beginning, meaning tons of time spent with worldbuilding, character development, plot exposition, etc. If you're into that kind of thing, good for you. If you would rather see a thickening plot, chapter by chapter, no candy here. The one good thing I can say about the burgeoning pace is the slow burn romance between two beautifully complex male characters. They push and pull and truly compliment each other. The plot gets twistier towards the end. I'm not going to say anything else except that it's brilliant and worth the wait. I do think it's important to know before reading that while magical elements are certainly prominent, the story doesn't center around that. Rather, THE FEVER KING is strewn with political messages, both a strength and a weakness (when it hinders the worldbuilding). In today's political climate, it's very much an important (and diverse!) book. Recommended, but with caution.
Charlotte Kinzie More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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.
ConfuzzledShannon 3 months ago
Set in futuristic world magic is real. Not all have it and it is only found after fevers rage through areas killing most. Those that are left are called witchlings. Each witchlings main power is different but other powers can be learned. Our main character Noam has lived some hardships as a refuge and things do not get much easier for him after a fever breaks out killing his father. The fever leaves him with powers that make him very wanted by political leaders. As he learns how powerful he really is he also finds an attraction to a fellow witchling name Dara. Characters are enjoyable to get to know even the ones that may not be on the side of good. I particularly liked the fact that there was no way to be sure who was in the right and who was wrong. There were no black and white sides and you learn this as the main character, Noam, also realizes it. Even Noam’s relationship with Dara is in the grey area. One thing bothered me about the name of the new countries that North America broke into like Carolinia. I don’t know why this bothered me. It just felt the name for people were pretty great but the names for the places in the future world were just so so. The author Victoria Lee has mentioned some characters will be in the next book and I look forward to finding out what happens next. I hope Noam expands his magic knowledge and get more powers. I found the lore of magic in the world very interesting.
novelishly More than 1 year ago
You guys, The Fever King might end up being one of my favorite reads this year. I swear to god, this book was captivating and spell-binding and I read it in one sitting in a day. I wish I could describe in just a sentence how much this book meant to me. I want to sum it up in a few lines but I keep going back and forth. However, I can promise you that The Fever King will you take you on an incredible journey with some fantastic characters that you can’t help but root for (or against?) I also loved the way the author built the world. There is so much relevance to our present situation in the world: what it means to be an immigrant and how much it affects your life every day. I enjoyed reading the manner in which the magic was built around the plot. The storyline is so damn entertaining and I loved the futuristic setting. Just throwing it out there that I would 100% die for Noam and Dara. Noam is a biracial bisexual Jewish teen and Dara is a gay POC character. There is a wonderful slow burn romance and I had my heart eyes on the entire time. I do wish we got more from the side characters but maybe we will see more of them in the sequel. *Fingers crossed* The last 30% was jam-packed and I started questioning everything and everyone and also the ending absolutely killed me. How am I supposed to wait a year for The Electric Heir? If you love futuristic dystopian setting with magic and diverse characters with a focus on social issues, then The Fever King needs to be your first pick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing! It was fast paced and kept you guessing. The characters were well written and relatable. I love that the main character is bisexual since you never see that in fantasy novels and it was a pleasant surprise. The plot was so well thought out and I didn't know who to trust until the very end. I highly recommend reading this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While I think that the thought behind this novel and what the author was going for is super interesting, I found this novel sadly uneven in terms of characterization, world-building, and pacing. The world and the rules of the world weren't set up well enough for some of the important details to land and make sense (especially the political ones that characters were constantly yelling about). Not only that, but it also made some of the characters' more drastic decisions feel less rational and more out of character (in almost a scary way, especially for characters we're supposed to care for). I couldn't muster the energy to read this novel for long periods of time because it just dragged. That and the story never really seemed to be building to anything special. In fact, there's a point toward the end of the book that felt like a natural ending/cliffhanger for the next novel, but then the book just kept going past it, making what came next feel much weaker and more ineffectual than it should've. I appreciate the author's attempt here, but this book didn't land for me. I sadly won't be reading the sequel (even though I'd actually really like to know what the title of this first book even meant, because I have no idea).
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
The Fever King's premise drew me in. Viral outbreaks that lead to magic? That sounded right up my alley. And it was. But this book is also much more than that. There's politics, morally gray characters, an immigration debate, an examination of an "others are dangerous" mentality, and romance. While The Fever King was good, I would have enjoyed it more if the world-building were stronger. For me, world-building is key in fantasy and I just didn't have a clear enough picture of this world. Although the plot was a bit slow sometimes, I was interested enough in Noam's journey to keep reading. I did like the characters and ultimately found myself cheering for the romance. It was a relatively quick read and I'm intrigued to see where the author takes the plot in the sequel. One note - I'd highly recommend checking out the content warnings on Lee's website before starting this one. *Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
tpolen More than 1 year 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.
Kimberly_Gabriel More than 1 year 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 More than 1 year 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!