Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Review: Fever By: Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)Fever by Lauren DeStefano
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Continuing where Ms. DeStefano left off in Wither we follow the escape of Rhine and Gabriel.

Written in a way that takes the readers into a opium smoke filled adventure, everything hazy, heart racing, and filled with secondary characters that you immediately love or love to hate. Rhine and Gabriel wash ashore and find the first place they can in the arms of a paranoid Madam with a carnival show of ladies. It is here that the tone takes place for the rest of the book. Somewhere in this dystopian novel you find humanity both good and wretched, the need of survival in all the characters. Through escape and escape Rhine, Gabriel, and a malformed little girl, Maddie find themselves in Manahattan - searching for home. On the chase is Housemaster Vaughn and time appears to running out as Rhine gets horribly ill. With Rowan no where to be found, an unlikely find for the Trio is found in the home of an orphanage. How long can that piece of happiness last, is there a cure for Rhine or is death the answer? As the story twists and turns, as in Madam's ferris wheel, the reader is sure to feel the ups and downs - and the ending leaves much promise for the next in the series.

This is a great follow up to Wither and at times I was pleasantly suprised by the diversity of the syle of writing that seemed to change with tone through the same author. I highly recommend this series and if this is what Ms. DeStefano is capable of I can't wait to read more from her.

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