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Fever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy) [Kindle Edition]

Lauren DeStefano
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (199 customer reviews)

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The New York Times bestselling sequel to Wither reveals a world as captivating—and as treacherous—as the one Rhine left behind.

Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but they’re still in danger. Outside, they find a world even more disquieting than the one they ran away from. Determined to get to Manhattan and find Rhine’s twin brother, Rowan, the two press forward, amid threats of being captured again…or worse.

The road they are on is long and perilous—and in a world where young women only live to age twenty and men die at age twenty-five, time is precious. In this 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.


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Praise for Wither: A 'harrowing debut ... DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters... It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses' Publisher's Weekly starred review 'Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing - exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read' Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH '[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid's Tale with a touch of Big Love ... Rhine's fight for freedom against the clock-and the dissecting table-will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie's Matched (2010).' Kirkus '[Rhine] proves herself to be a heroine who faces her situation with spirit and cleverness. The trapped bride and mysterious husband are straight out of Gothic romances. By stirring in elements of sheer creepiness with dystopia and the hot topic of polygamy, DeStefano creates a story that should have broad appeal' School Library Journal

About the Author

Lauren Destefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2846 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00HU81V30
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (February 21, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055OJCUU
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
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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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming (Possible SPOILERS) March 21, 2012
By Jenny W
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
POSSIBLE SPOILERS

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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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Suffers from the Fatal "Middle-Book" Syndrome 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrific moral implications....
My thoughts? Well, the trilogy had a good story, and the writting had nice pace. However, the First book was missing something.... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Minehava
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique Dystopia
This was a great book that I actually read by accident first, instead of reading the others. I got caught up in the way that Lauren DeStefano writes so visually. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Candice Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Linds
I loved the journey in this book. I felt as if I was there with Rhine and Gabriel the entire time. I read a lot of the previous reviews and having loved wither I was worried this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by lindsey jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
I love this series. It's been a while since I read the first book, but jumping back into the series was no problem. The same things I loved about Wither, I found in Fever. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kacey M. Vanderkarr
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
LOVE this series!
Published 2 months ago by larrainemc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great job thank-you.
Published 3 months ago by Georgeann Harder
4.0 out of 5 stars It's pretty tripperific for the 2nd book in a trilogy
It's pretty tripperific for the 2nd book in a trilogy

Let me explain: this is one of the trippiest books I've ever read, bar none! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stacy L.
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
This book was amazing and it just lured you in for more. My favorite book by far. Amazing series and a great writer
Published 3 months ago by Brooke A Peck
2.0 out of 5 stars not as good
I thought the concept was interesting and the reading was easy but didn't like this book as much as the first. It definitely was not a great whole series to read.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Still in Love
Still in love with this series. Now I can finally read the third book!! This series is truly enthralling, its great for young adults and teens alike!
Published 5 months ago by Leona Voss
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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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