Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon and Schuster's Children's Publishing
Release Date: February 21, 2012

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ringmistress keeps watch over a menagerie of girls. Just as Rhine uncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhine travels through an environment as grim as the one she left a year ago - surroundings that mirror her own feelings of fear and hopelessness.
The two are determined to get to Manhattan, to relative safety with Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan. But the road there is long and perilous - and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and young men die at twenty-five, time is precious. Worse still, they can’t seem to elude Rhine’s father-in-law, Vaughn, who is determined to bring Rhine back to the mansion...by any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither, Rhine must decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
Oh, this book was, in a way, hard to read. It's not that Wither was a bundle of joy to read, but Fever dealt with the repercussions and there were plenty of intense, heartbreaking situations in this book. 

Rhine has definitely changed since the beginning of Wither. She has to take on a lot more responsibility in this book. Because of everything she has been through, it was just hard for me to take an interest in her. But she was still selfless and brave when she needed to be. 

Man, there were definitely some twists in this book. It was such a ride that I couldn't let go of. I never knew what was going to happen. And that ending. Lauren DeStefano sure knows how to break some hearts with her endings. 

Even though Fever was harder to read, I still enjoyed the ride. It's turning out to be a very interesting and unique series. Wither is still my favorite, but I can't wait to see how it all ends. 

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