Book 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.

Release Date: February 21, 2012
Age Group: Young Adult
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Borrowed

I knew Fever was going to be great.  How could it now be, with as good as Wither is?  But I was expecting the normal lag of a second book in a trilogy.  I was expecting things to slow down and maybe drag a little bit in the middle.  Boy, was I wrong!  Fever had the same intensity, the same emotion, the same thrills that Wither had.  But in a totally different way. 

Like with Wither, I stayed up late reading Fever.  I read it in the span of a few hours---I just could not rest until I had gobbled up every word.  And I did read and really take in every word of DeStefano's writing.  Her writing is so nuanced that if you are skimming or reading too fast, you'll miss a lot of hidden meaning in her books.  

I loved the descriptions of what Rhine and Gabriel go through.  Their adventures are action-packed, but they pack more of an emotional punch, with the way DeStefano writes.  I absolutely could not believe the twists at the end, which totally took me by surprise.  I remain impressed at DeStefano's ability to surprise the reader and take the story in a direction you would never expect.

It goes without saying that I am absolutely dying to read book three.  I really don't know how I'm going to be able to wait to find out what happens next!  


  1. I seriously cannot wait to read this book. I am very excited.

  2. This is a great addition to the trilogy and I cant wait to purchase the next book!!!! The writing style is different and refreshing and Im sure this author is going to be creating wonderful characters, worlds, and words for a very long time!!!


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