Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Book: Fever (The Chemical Garden #2)
Author: Lauren DeStefano
# of Pages: 341 (Hardcover)
Challenge: 2012 Sophomore Reading Challenge
Rating: 3.5-4 stars

Goodreads Summary
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: One of the things that I really liked about this book, besides the beautiful writing, was that it picked up almost exactly where Wither ended. New characters are introduced, the most fascinating one being Maddie. And Vaughn remains to be the perfect creepy villian. The ending was a semi-cliffhanger, and I'm very curious about what is going to happen in the final book in the series.

On the other hand, there were a couple things that were a bit predictable. And, we do not learn too much more about Gabriel, which was disappointing. Overall, I did not like this book as much as Wither, but it was still a good read.

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