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Fever (Chemical Garden) Hardcover – February 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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This may be the unpopular opinion, but I have to say--I liked Fever much more than I liked its predecessor. Read morePublished 2 months ago by The Left-Handed Book Lover
In "Fever" the second novel in the "Chemical Garden" series Rhine's obsession with escaping her exquisite but demented prison to find her brother has her fleeing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Believer
It's an awesome sequel to Wither. Just the ending... :( Well u gotta read to find out!Published 4 months ago by Ruby
This book has a lot to offer and keeps your attention throughout! Has a lot of unexpected so! Well worth the time!!!Published 5 months ago
Not as good as the first book. I heard the third is better. If you're into the series then definitely read itPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This trilogy is intense. The science fiction is amazing. The emotions expressed make you empathetic to the characters. The plot takes twists and turns I wouldn't have expected.Published 6 months ago by Crystal