March 24, 2012

Review: Fever(The Chemical Garden #2) by Lauren DeStefano

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.

 Let me start off by saying... I was expecting more from this second book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy. The storyline was a little wishy-washy and loosely fit together. Also, it had a few slow spots. Not to mention the couple of completely dead ones. In turn the author tried to over compensate with the rest of the story. Some parts were ok... while others just went into a monologue. There are only so many ways to describe the same event. It's a little "racy" for High School students. Especially, with all the sexuality and drug abuse going on in it. It takes a long journey for Rhine to end up right back where she started to begin with. Maybe, I just don't get the world in which she lives. A lot of weird & disturbing experiments go on. With little or no Hope, it's no wonder she just accepts the things happening to and around her. A very different main character than in the first book. Not nearly as likable, really kind of weak. Not sure if I'll read the next installment or not. Maybe, in the hopes of a better story. 

Publisher-Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by~Mechele
~Thank you to the publisher for the donation of this book to the Read for your future book program!~

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