Review: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano

May 4, 2012 ARC, Book Review, Dystopian, Fever, Lauren DeStefano, Simon and Schuster, The Chemical Garden, Wither, YA, Young Adult 8

From Goodreads:

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 mansion…by 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.

My Thoughts:

Readers who loved the first book in the Chemical Garden trilogy will not be disappointed with this sequel! Fever starts right where Wither left off, with Rhine and Gabriel’s escape. They quickly learn that freedom in the world outside of the mansion is not so easily obtainable as they might have hoped. Their journey is full of obstacles and takes them in directions you cannot imagine.

Lauren DeStefano’s writing was absolutely exquisite. The details in this book were vivid and beyond amazing, to the point where I felt every bit of the emotional ride Rhine finds herself on throughout this journey. The last half of the book is insanely intense! I was literally on the edge of my seat, and the further into the story I delved, the more my heart felt like it might beat out of my chest! The build up to the end was extraordinary and completely what made this book the greatness it is.

I have to also add how much I loved the addition of many more amazing secondary characters: Lilac, Maddie, Claire and Silas. Even though they might not be in the foreground for much of the book, I felt the connection Rhine had with them and hope they may make an appearance in the final book as well.

I implore anyone who hasn’t started this series to pick up copies of Wither and Fever and dive right in! Cannot wait to see how this series will end with the final installment, Sever! 🙂

5 out of 5!

Sara @ Forever 17 Books

8 Responses to “Review: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano”

  1. Sam

    Great review! This sounds like a promising sequel and I can’t wait to get round to it. I like the sound of these new characters! 🙂

  2. Giselle

    I really enjoyed the side characters too they added a lot of charm to the story. I liked Fever a lot more than Wither and looking forward to book 3! Great review!

  3. Peggy Marsiglio

    I agree that Lauren’s writing takes you on a journey and you are able to not only visualize the environment, but you feel for the characters as well. Nice review!

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