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"Rhine's struggles and pain are real, and her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I couldn't read this book fast enough."

--Beth Revis, NY Times Bestselling Author of Across the Universe

DeStefano’s rich use of language helps set this dystopian tale apart.

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano is the author of The Internment Chronicles and the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at

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  • File Size: 3324 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 144240907X
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 21, 2012
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055OJCUU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,028 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Lauren Destefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. This is her first novel.

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Format: Hardcover
WITHER was one of my favorite dystopian releases from 2011, and even though I expected FEVER to be a very different type of story based on the ending of WITHER, I think my expectations were still too lofty. FEVER picks up with Rhine and Gabriel having escaped the mansion where Rhine had been forced into a polygamous marriage. In sharp contrast to the affluent and pampered life in the mansion, Rhine and Gabriel find themselves abducted and forced into a brothel run by a demented and cruel Madame. Once again, Rhine must play the part of a biddable and grateful girl while secretly plotting her escape. Life inside Madame's sex slave tents is harsh and merciless. The girls are tragic and vicious, the men who patronize the tents are just as desperate and depraved as you would expect. Since this is YA, the details and descriptions are somewhat sanitized, but it's all to easy to imagine the atrocities that go on.

What was fascinating about FEVER, and what I was hoping to learn more about, was the world outside the mansion. The various factions, the politics, the first generation elderly mixing with the terminal youth. How would that society look? We get some answers in FEVER, and the promise of even more in the next book. What was less fascinating, was the romance. Rhine and Gabriel lived on stolen moments, fleeting glance, tiny moments in WITHER. In FEVER, they are together, but without that constant threat of being caught, their relationship became rather dull. Gabriel, in particular, became this flat and uninteresting figure that just roamed around in the background.

An inherent problem with trilogies is the often mundane middle book. FEVER kind of feels that way. I'm not sure it needed to happen.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Penny on March 21, 2012
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I usually just don't review if I can't say something nice, but honestly this "bridge" book is irrelevant. It has zero forward momentum, because the book starts and ends in the SAME PLACE. The title is quite literal - either Rhine or Gabriel spend the entire book sick with this or that, which gets annoying quickly. Gabriel continues to be a cardboard cutout. After reading two books I still know nothing about him.

I still have problems with the world building of this series, although I try to suspend my disbelief. But honestly, now that Rhine spent a book out "in the world" instead of sequestered in the mansion, these issues only aggravated me more. I don't understand how there is such an excessive glut of young women in the world and why they are worthless and throwaway. Women are basically branded as too numerous to have value, which feels completely opposite of the world's rules where women die much earlier than the men and the ability to reproduce is at a premium. If women die earlier, there are probably fewer of them, so a single woman should have exceptional value. I get very confused about the world that is being represented as a whole. Sometimes it is demonstrated that the outside world is SO DANGEROUS that Rhine literally cannot walk a few feet without being kidnapped (even when escorted by a Big Strong Man). Yet other times, the world seems to be a simple extension of our own, where everything goes on as normal. Sometimes it seems post-apocalyptic, sometimes it's exactly what is outside my own window. The inconsistency of tone is jarring to me and makes me uncomfortable. I think the author attempts to make a distinction between the world of the the "first generations" and the world of the sick kids, but it never quite melds for me.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Kelly on March 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I was so intrigued with the ending of Wither, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy of Fever. I was excited to see the world outside of the mansion, and to watch Rhine fight to get back to her brother. A lack of real plot progression, the absence of some of the strongest personalities and poor world-building has left me disappointed and unimpressed.

Fever picks up almost exactly where Wither left off - with Rhine and Gabriel washing up on the shore of some unknown beach. Almost immediately they are captured by "Madame" - a seemingly delirious and slightly senile old lady - and brought to work in her carnival. Madame mysteriously takes a liking to Rhine, dubbing her Goldenrod, and decides that she will not be forced in to prostitution like the rest of her girls - she will instead be forced to be intimate with Gabriel in front of men who have paid to watch. Fortunately for Rhine and Gabriel, they're both so doped up on heroin that they're mostly unable to distinguish between their hallucinations and reality. So naturally, I found myself hoping for her to overcome this obstacle and show her strength by devising a well-planned escape. When she's virtually handed freedom, after failing to help herself (or Gabriel) in any way, I couldn't help but wonder why these strangers were denying themselves their freedom in order to give Rhine hers. This theme continued throughout the rest of Rhine's journey to Manhattan - perfect strangers willing to bend over backwards for her, for nothing in return - and I had a hard time coming up with reasons why. What's so special about Rhine that she holds this kind of power over others?

As the plot continues, we follow Rhine and Gabriel (and their newly acquired ward, Maddie) as they slowly cross the country in search of Rhine's brother.
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