Sunday, March 17, 2013

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Format: E-Book
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
Publication 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 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.
All I can say is Wow. I am behind on the Chemical Garden trilogy. I read Wither two years ago and forgot to go back to Fever when I received the release notice. I have finally found some time to read the book and I wasn't disappointed. 

If you are familiar with this trilogy, you know how tragic these books can be. A perfect dystopian feel. Fever is definitely not as grave as it's predecessor, Wither, but it still has it's dark, dreary feel to it. I remember at times while reading Wither, I had to put the book away and go read something else. Anything else, actually. Just to get away from the depressing tone.

Fever wasn't as heartbreaking to me but I didn't zip through this book like I normally would. Even though, I loved the book and the way Lauren DeStefano paints the perfect imagery in her writing, this book just seemed to drag. The bad luck for the couple just kept coming and got worse at each turn of the page. At some points, I just wanted it to end because I didn't think I could take anymore. 

Fever picked right up where Wither left off with our couple running for their lives.  They have finally escaped the horrible mansion and are on their way to New York to find Rhine's brother, Rowan. On their way they are side swept into another part of their changed-for-the-worse world; a carnival of girls. From there, we are introduced to some new characters. A mad-woman, Madame, who has many plans for Rhine. Lilac and her malformed daughter, Maddie and a few other thorny characters. 
Rhine and Gabriel out in the real world and away from the mansion brings a whole new light and questions to their relationship. Does Rhine really love Gabriel or was he a way to escape? Are they finally going to be together before the disease catches up to them or are things just so different that they get ripped apart? 

I went into the book with tons of questions and ended the book with even more. I can't wait to pick up the next book, Sever, to find  the answers. If dystopians are your thing and you haven't picked up these books yet, I really recommend that you do. You definitely won't be disappointed. 

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