Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Source: ARC from Publisher
Review of Wither
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 sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s WITHER is the definition of heart-pounding. Not all sequels suffer from second-book-syndrome, and Fever is here to prove it. The opening pages waste no time in throwing you straight into the story. And through it all, you’ll be sitting on the edge of your seat, anticipating the next turn. Lauren DeStefano’s world is all too real, the trauma all too tangible.
What stands out the most? DeStefano’s prose. The flow of the words that piece together this book can only be described as beautiful. Vaguely reminscent of Lauren Oliver, DeStefano’s prose is masterful and vivid.
Once again, I was torn between Gabriel and Linden. And still, in the end, I wished it was Linden more than the other. In Fever, Gabriel fell flat – I can’t think of him as anything more than the attendant he was. But I’ll let that slide – I was too engrossed in the rest of the novel to care much. And then there’s Rhine. With the search for her twin, her mismatched eyes, and a life that seems so pointless – Rhine is a character you can’t forget. DeStefano sets the stakes higher than ever, and Rhine never fell short. For me, she goes up beside Katniss and Katsa in terms of unforgettability and being fleshed-out.
Fever begins right where WITHER left off, though the intensity picks up right away. I don’t want to give anything away for those who haven’t read Wither or Fever, but know this: there is a carnival, tarot cards, a horrible sickness, and of course, Vaughn. For Rhine, with barely a few years until the end of her short life, the clock is ticking faster than ever.
All in all, Fever is a stunning sequel to WITHER, the first in the Chemical Garden Trilogy. The ending will leave you breathless. Yes, there is a cliffhanger ending. As much as I loved the peaceful ending to WITHER, I think I like the dangling end of Fever much more. I will no doubt be awaiting the final installment, expected to be released April 2013.