Fever – Lauren DeStefano

22 Feb

The second book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy reveals a world as captivating—and as dangerous—as the one Rhine left behind in Wither. Rhine and Gabriel may have escaped the beautiful prison of Wither’s mansion, but they are far from escaping danger. First they’re chased for stealing a getaway boat, and then the fleeing pair ends up in the eerie den of Madame, an old woman who collects girls and sells them to the highest bidders. Worst of all, Vaughn, Rhine’s sinister father-in-law, seems to be on her trail every step of the way. Rhine remains determined to get to her brother in Manhattan—but the road they are on is long and perilous.

Now that Rhine has finally regained her freedom, what lengths will she need to go to in order to keep it?

OMG this book! I think one of my favorite things is when the second book in a trilogy is different than the first book. I found Wither a quiet book. There were moments of tension, but over all it was a calm read. More psychological than action driven. (This is actually a good thing. I LOVED Wither). Fever was a much darker, scarier book.

My heart was literally pounding through the whole book. It’s not that it was cover to cover action. It was more the fact that now that Rhine And Gabriel were out in the real world,there are more variables that they have to deal with. They run into some less than savory people and some pretty dicey situations. There were times I honestly  had no idea how they were going to survive. I felt like I was right there with them, trying to figure things out.

I find that with dystopia books, sometimes the hero or the heroine can appear larger than life. Nothing scares them and they stay on their path, come hell or high water. One of the things I love the most about Rhine is that this isn’t the case. She has moments of doubt, when she’s not only unsure of what she can do, but unsure that she’s making the right choice. This added more intensity to the book and made Rhine a realistic character.

DeStefano’s writing was wonderful and her descriptions of the various places that Rhine and Gabriel end up really drew me in. I also loved that while romance played a part in the book, it wasn’t the main focus.

I am beyond anxious to find out how this trilogy wraps up.

Thanks to Simon and Schuster Canada for the surprise review copy!

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