3 March 2013

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)

Reviewer: Kelsey
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Format: Paperback
Pages: 341
Rating: 7 out of 10

**Spoiler Alert**Stop reading here if reading WITHER**

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

What I Think: Soooooo...I'm glad that they got away and I know I would have given up but COME ON. I was so mad to find out that their luck hadn't improved! Of course, I was aware that this was a trilogy but that doesn't make me feel any better. I had hoped that they would at least fine some kind of happiness but alas! 

I found that I had a big problem with the timing of this novel. It said that weeks went by and that months went by but consider that...something happens to Rhine close to the end of the novel the timing seemed off. I think this might have been one of those things that the author seems to overlook without being aware of it. The timing just doesn't make sense. If she was being figurative and not literal with the time that makes sense but I'm not so sure about that. You may notice this if you read this novel. Then, thinking that the timing may have been off, I was even more confused as to why one of the largest, most important parts (I believe) of the novel was only a small portion of the book. I suppose I should defend the author by saying that she spent most of it unconscious so I guess I wouldn't want too much detail on that anyway. 

Linden is a...jerk.
Gabriel makes me feel bad.

Cant was used far too often even though the book mentions that awesome vocabulary.

But: Don't misunderstand me! I find that I only mention negatives with novels even if I really like it. I really did love this book. I will be buying the third book for certain. I think that if you like dystopian that you should try this one out but start with Wither.

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