Friday, March 15, 2013

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever 
Series: The Chemical Garden Trilogy 
Book #: Two
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Source: Local Library

My Rating: fullfullfullfullhalf

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.
Why, why did I wait so long to pick this series up again? I read Wither years ago and loved it, but somehow I forgot to keep up with the sequels. Now I wonder how I could have done that. Fever is utterly addictive and original. I was immediately drawn back into Rhine's world of small beauties mixed with unthinkable horrors. 

I'm a sucker for dystopic novels with intense chase scenes and desperate situations. As Rhine tries to escape the terrors of her life as Linden's wife, she and Gabriel stumble from bad situations to worse. The constant changes in scenery kept me from ever getting bored. I was on the edge of my seat as the two survive several nail-biting dangers. 

If you read books looking solely for romance, Fever probably isn't the book for you. Rhine's love life definitely isn't the main plot point. But hey, I'm one of the most romantic people out there, and even I didn't mind. In fact, I would have disliked it if Rhine had been able to fall head-over-heels for Gabriel. She has too much on her mind to focus on romance alone. Still, there are a couple sweet moments between the two escapees. 

DeStefano's writing is beautiful to read. I spent so much time rereading phrases and admiring her imagery. She has a true gift as a story teller, and I'm willing to read anything she writes. 

Overall, I'd definitely recommend Fever to anyone who has already read Wither. If you haven't looked into DeStefano's incredible series, do so now. It is one of the most impressive post-apocalyptic series I've read. 

“Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end.”