Fever by Lauren DeStefano – REVIEW

Fever by Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 21st, 2012
Simon & Schuster, 341 Pages
Sub-genre: Dystopian
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
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.

So, Rhine and Gabriel are on the run. Rhine is desperate to get back to New York City and reunite with her brother, Rowan. Fever is the journey that Rhine and Gabriel make to try and get to New York City. Will they be successful and even if they are, what will happen once they get there?

I was a little bit afraid that Fever was going to be too much of a “middle novel”, with nothing but fluff in the middle and the “boring” stuff that happens in the second book in a trilogy. But, boy, was I wrong. This book is an intense ride that will have the reader on the edge of their seats wondering who can be trusted and what will happen next. Where Wither was a little more of getting to know Rhine, Gabriel, and all of the other characters – a little bit slower with the pacing, Fever is the perfect pace and you get to see Rhine in a different light than you saw her in Wither. She’s stronger and I grew to like her more and more as Fever progressed.

Surprisingly, the “love interest” took a backseat to her trying to find Rowan (for me atleast). In the first novel, I wondered “Linden vs. Gabriel”, but in Fever all I wanted was for Rhine to find Rowan. This is a sign of true character development on Ms. DeStefano’s part. I cared about the main character independent from anything and anyone else.

The ending was good but I find myself not caring what happens in the next book.

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