Trilogy # 2) Chemical Garden
By: Lauren DeStefano
Pub. Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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
Rhineuncovers what plans await her, her fortune turns again. With Gabriel at her side, Rhinetravels 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 Rhineback to the mansion...by any means necessary.
In the sequel to Lauren DeStefano’s harrowing Wither,
Rhinemust decide if freedom is worth the price - now that she has more to lose than ever.
Fever picks up right where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion and are on there way to
Manhattan to find Rhine's twin brother, Rowan. But nothing goes as planned and the two of them keep finding themselves in the worst possible predicaments. Things just kept getting worse and worse for them. My heart broke several times.
My main issue was with the characters. I found
Rhine to be extremely annoying. She just kept repeating herself over and over again. As for Gabriel, I absolutely loved him in Wither and I was really hoping to learn more about him and his past in Fever. I was extremely disappointed that this did not happen. I also felt that there is no real connection between Rhine and Gabriel. It seems that they are together for convenience, rather then for love. But maybe that is how it is supposed to be. Maybe she is supposed to actually be with (who I also love) or someone else! Linden
We are introduced to some secondary characters in Fever as well. I really liked Silas. His story was really sad, and I hope one day he finds what he is looking for.
Other then the issues with Rhine and Gabriel's characters, I really enjoyed Fever and would recommend this series to anyone. The plot kept my interest the entire time and the writing flowed nicely. I am looking forward to the third book in The Chemical Garden Trilogy and I can't wait to see everything come together!