Fever by Lauren DeStefano

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Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release: February 21, 2012
Pages: 341
Series: The Chemical Garden #2

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.

After reading Wither and loving nearly every second of it, I dove into this book when I received it in the mail as a surprise. After the mild cliffhanger of Wither, I couldn't wait to see where the characters ended up and what would become of them; these questions and more were answered in this thrilling and emotion soaked sequel that showcases one of dystopian's finest.

The cover was a good representation of the book in my opinion; it featured carnival elements as well as portraying the fatigue the characters experienced due to their journey. I also love how the circle and line theme was utilized in the cover as well, bringing a theme to the series covers as well as an air of uniqueness from other book covers. I absolutely love the way the title is written with the "F" written normally and the rest facing the spine.

A great aspect of this book is that you didn't feel the loss of the other characters that remained at the mansion. If anything, you felt closer to Jenna and Cecily, learning things about them that shed even more light on their characteristics than ever before. As for Rhine, she truly grew and became even more strong in the terrifying world she lives in, this fact was proven by the fact that she didn't give in to the temptation of returning to the mansion when her journey got difficult. For love interests of the book I am completely Team Gabriel because he has the kindness and he never wronged Rhine. It may be argued that Linden was naive on how Rhine had got to the mansion, but in essence he had still hurt her, intentional or not. The most impressive part of this book is the fact that it was able to make me feel such strong emotions towards the characters whether it be about their well-fare to the fact that I did enjoy the characters even though they had their flaws.

Have you ever read a book that you literally could not put down? This is one of those rare books; it featured writing to die for and an attention grabbing plot. In this thrilling sequel the reader got to see a different side to the world the book is set in; the one out of the confines of the mansion (other than the limited view achieved by  Rhine's escape at the end of Wither). With the massive expansion of the character's world we got to see just how they dealt with the reality given to them; they did so in a very entertaining fashion, never getting rid of the seriousness of their situation, but holding the reader's attention none the less. The writing was beautiful and real, allowing the reader to feel the raw emotions Rhine and Gabriel felt including the fear of being caught. Altogether, the writing and plot were just as good, if not better, as that of Wither.

If you are one of the few who haven't tried out the Wither series, I very highly suggest that you do. I'd recommend this book to lovers of dystopian who also enjoy a strong protagonist.  Overall,  I give Fever a 5/5 for being an excellent sequel to an amazing series that I will be following for sure.

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  1. I definitely loved Fever more than Wither. I liked how we got to learn more about the outside world rather than just the mansion life. Great review!

    Anna @ Literary Exploration


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