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Fever (Chemical Garden) Hardcover – February 21, 2012
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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 LaurenDeStefano.com.
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The second time the story slowed was at the arrival at the orphanage which doesn't tie into the story as neatly as it is suppose to (I'm assuming) other than to link it to the new character introduced at the circus. The bottom line is...we get that Rhine is the key to something important but the tedious depiction of her in and out of some daze as she's dealing with symptoms of an unknown illness becomes monotonous. Her interaction with the other characters needed to be more involved rather than just giving the reader a lot of inner dialogue. This would have given some depth, some meat, if you will, to her character so that a stronger connection can develop between her character and the other characters AND the reader. The character comes dangerously close to losing the investment she needs from the reader.
The cliffhanger offers a glimpse of promised excitement into the third book but I'm now hesitant to buy. I gave this two stars instead of one because the first book was interesting and the third book MAY offer answers that will give insight into why things were so dragged out in this book. If so, it was a big gamble that may not pay off if readers decide not to continue with the third book.
I am rooting for the author to pull it all together in the third book and prove this review to be irrelevant. I will read the sample of the third book, hopefully I'll be drawn in enough to give it another chance.
Overall, I give the series a 4/5 so this book follows suit with a 4/5.
Dystopian Roadtrip!: Rhine and Gabriel travel up the East Coast in a very dystopian "where are we going to sleep tonight and who is going to watch out for kidnappers" kind of way. The come across everything from a brothel circus, to a creepy cafe owner and little old lady who happens to be a psychic. They also gain and adorable and awesome companion who really tugs at the heartstrings, but I won't get into that here. This setup really keeps the plot moving and kept me involved, I wanted to see where they would end up next and whom they would run into.
Rhine and Gabriel finally get real: One of the things that really bugged me in the last book was that Rhine ran away with Gabriel even when she barely knew him and couldn't possibly be in love with him. I was afraid that this book would continue that trend but I was so wrong. Gabriel acted like a real human being. He spent most of the book, seemingly, questioning whether he should have come at all. The mansion was a beautiful prison, but the real world is hellish. He obviously cared about Rhine but they weren't about to jump into bed with each other. In this book they lean on one another for support while their relationship develops and goes through it's ups and downs. I felt like I liked them more and could relate better.
Beautifully Grotesque: this book was much grittier than the last and that added to the realism and also made for a much more beautiful narrative about freedom and sacrifice and love.
Where is Cecily: When I first saw the cover I assumed there would be a bit of Cecily in this book. I really wanted to know what was happening with her and the baby back at the mansion, but unfortunately she plays a minuscule role in this book.
The Ending: Okay, I'm not going to go into any kind of detail because I don't want to spoil anything, but I was just so mad with how this book ended. First of all, I just felt like it was a bit forced and could have been written in a way that wasn't such a let-down. Second, CLIFFHANGER, seriously? Ugh! I know they make people want to read the next book but they're frustrating as hell. *pout*
I'm so happy that I didn't find this book to be a "middle book" bore. This series keeps getting better and I can't wait to read Sever when it comes out on Feb. 12. Especially after that cliffhanger, I guess it worked then.