Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano
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.
You know those follow-ups to your favorite books that you’ve been dying to get your hands on for forever, and you come to find out that the book totally doesn’t live up to its predecessor? Well, you will be pleased to hear that FEVER is definitely not one of those follow-up books. In fact, I am going to go out on a limb and say that it may actually be better than WITHER. In WITHER, you just barely dipped your feet into DeStefano’s crazy and horrifying world of sister wives and dire circumstances. FEVER is more than just another installment in the Chemical Garden series–it is a complex and frighteningly beautiful continuation of Rhine’s dangerous journey.
What can I possibly say about Rhine without giving too much away?? She is just one of those character’s whose mistakes make her even more powerful and wise. If I could be any female protagonist in the YA world, it would have to be Rhine. You thought Rhine was a kick butt, take no prisoners kind of girl in WITHER? Wait til you get to know her in FEVER.
Of course, one of our favorite characters, Gabriel, is back and determined to help Rhine. I forgot how in love with Gabriel I was in WITHER before I fell right in love with him again. No, he isn’t one of those males who is a he-man bad boy, saving the damsel-in-distress kind of guy. He is much more than any of those stereotypical guys in YA and there is as much depth to him as there is to Rhine. Can I please have Gabriel all to myself? Pretty please, Lauren???
If you thought the plot was crazy and unpredictable in WITHER, just wait til you dive right into FEVER. I had no idea what to expect at any moment in the novel. Just when I thought things were alright….BAM DeStefano throws in a plot twist or a villain that will leave you freaking out and unable to put down FEVER. Oh, and that cliffhanger ending in WITHER? Yeah, there’s one of those in FEVER and it’s even more cliffhangery (yeah, I’m making up a word there).
I’m going to have to stop myself from saying more. Just know that FEVER will not let you down if you loved WITHER. Lauren DeStefano will wow fans with her follow-up to WITHER and leave them craving the last book in the Chemical Garden trilogy.