Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
2012, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Series: Book 2 of Chemical Garden Trilogy

Synopsis: 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 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.

The Good: The last couple chapters sort of made up for all this book was lacking. We don't really get any answers in this book, at all, but at least it starts heading in that direction towards the end.

The Bad: Ugh. I deeply dislike middle of a trilogy books that are "on-the-run." Especially dystopian trilogies that use this device (way too many of them). Sure, we love the characters, but the major draw to really fantastic dystopia is the world. And not the whole world, but the tiny part of the world the author focuses on in that initial book. No matter how much I like Rhine and Gabriel getting to be together (not that they seemed to take much advantage of it), I was drawn into the trilogy on the premise of sister wives and life at the mansion.

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