Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fever (Chemical Garden#2) by Lauren deStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)
Good Reads Summary
Fever 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 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.


My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Nothing was happening. I feel like Fever was an overlong game of hide and seek, and I didn’t even like the players all that much! As usual, the positive lay in how it’s written. And like the first, the negatives lay in the shock value. If the first had me reeling from the child bride aspect. This one had me reeling back from a number of things:

Prostitution?

Check.

Drugs?

Men turned monsters?

Experiments?

Check, check, and check.

OK.  I liked it and I didn’t like it. The hiding and seeking went on forever… with nothing new happening. Certainly, the new people added something to look forward to. Maddie and Silas in particular had me considering where the story would go with them in it. Maddie especially had me paying closer attention, to who she was and to how different she was from the rest. She might very well be the main thing I liked in this one.

The old characters certainly had little new to add having changed only a little. Gabriel seemed still to be looking to Rhine for guidance. And those rare flashes of fire from him were indeed just that: rare. Rhine too had changed her tune only a little. If in the first she dreamt of the outside world; here some of her thoughts were on life with her sisters and with Linden. I could understand her wanting a little of what she had had. But I tell you it got frustrating reading nothing happen.

This second book read filler to me BUT I am still interested in what Rowan’s got to say for himself. He was the one thing I was looking forward to and like Rhine I wanted to see what had become of him. I guess I have to wait for the next one! Darn it. 

3/5




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