*Review* Fever – Lauren Destefano

 Fever

 Lauren Destefano

341 pages

ISBN:  9781442409071

Read 5-29-12

Format: Hardcover

Source: Own

 

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.

The second installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy picks up right where the first left off, and once it began, it truly jumps right in.  Gabriel and Rhine havea long hard road ahead of them for this book and you can’t help being riveted by their arduous journey.

First, let’s talk about the cover.  It’s amazing!  There are so many pieces that make up the cover of Feverand each piece is seen in the book, even the beautiful gold dress.  The cover of the first book is what had me wanting to read this novel in the first place.  I just can’t wait to see the cover for the final book, Sever.

There are some things I wish I could talk about, but I don’t want any massive spoilers on here, so I won’t, but there are a few characters my heart breaks for.  All of the characters of Fever are really well-written with strong personalities.  I hope things work out for many of the side characters.  This book actually has more than one character you’ll love to hate and it shows more of the ugliness a world in this kind of turmoil can gain.

There wasn’t a lot in this book for the main plot of the virus, but a lot of stuff is uncovered toward the end.  And the ending of this one?  Why must I wait so long for the next one??  And though there wasn’t much about the mainplot, it still wasn’t boring.  It kept pulling me along at a rapid pace to find out what was going to happen.  I can’t wait to see how this trilogy is going to wrap up.

I loved the imagery for all the different places we went for this book.  Everything was so detailed and each place had it’s own very different feeling.  The author did a wonderful job bringing to life the hallucinations as well.

Cliffhanger ending,fantastic descriptions,rougher places, wish it had a bit more for the main plot.

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Filed under 4.5 Stars, Dystopian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult

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