Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Also by this author: A Curious Tale of the In-Between, Wither
Series: The Chemical Garden #1
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
Read in: June 19th- July 12th
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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.
When I first started The Chemical Garden I was very intrigued with the concept. It wasn’t something a had read before instead it was something new I could jump in to and to to leave all there is to know. Although I did enjoy Wither I was looking forward to things progressing and getting more answers. I feel Fever didn’t give me much of that.
I can say without hesitation that Fever was more intense and that although certain aspects of the world were mentioned it isn’t until Fever that DeStefano takes you deeper into those dark places. Places that can make you uncomfortable and feel many feelings for different characters. DeStefano gives vivid details making it feel like I was actually watching it all unfold.
Sadly, although a lot seemed to happen on the other hand it felt like not much happened at all. More obstacles were thrown at Rhine but I do not feel any closer to finding out why she is so important, how she is going to turn everything around, and how this may all end. I am sure all that has happened has is significance and it gave Rhine and Gabriel a chance to continue to grow. Getting to see more of them together was a plus and although I enjoyed reading about their journey and watching them try to support each other it just seemed like there should have been more. I can’t quite say more of what exactly but I hope the next book gives me some more answers.