Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2)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 any means necessary.

After how much I loved Wither when I read it, I knew that I had to read Fever, but i got this through the post two months ago and have been putting it off because I was so scared of reading it and being disappointed. In the end, I grew a pair and dived in. I finished it within four hours. It was fantastic, though not as good as Wither in my opinion.

I found that the characters were just as lovely in this book as in the first, Gabriel was sweet and charming though he shows a far darker side in this book, I still loved him. Rhine is also developed further, she wasn't as headstrong as I'd hoped but she was determined to escape and that showed in every decision she made. We saw very little Vaughn in this book but he was still terrifying, very little Linden but he was a bit darker and a bit of Cecily and she is starting to mature as well. All of the characters were true to the first in the series which I liked.

I also liked the dynamics of Gabriel and Rhine's relationship. Since they escaped, I was scared that it would get really easy and cookie cutter but it gets to be quite an awkward and difficult relationship which I liked to see.

The world is still dark as ever, I found that we are thrown right back into the dull and scary world and maybe I would have liked a little time to re-introduce myself to the world before all the gritty happens, but it was a way of grabbing my interest. The 'darkness' is maybe the reason I kept putting this book off, but whilst it's quite a depressing world there are scenes which lighten up the mood, I felt that the tone was much darker that in Wither.

And seriously Miss DeStefano, that ending? I hate you for making me wait for Sever!

Overall, a good second book in a trilogy. I can't wait to read Sever, though I'm praying that it works out well for Rhine and Gabriel. Good characters and a dark tone kept me gripped.

Overall Rating: B+

Released 16th February by HarperCollins Voyager
Book received for review from the publisher

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