Author: Lauren DeStefano.
Published: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing.
Sort: Part two ‘Chemical Garden’
Review part 1: Wither.
Running away brings Rhine and Gabriel right into a trap, in the form of a twisted carnival whose ring mistress 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.
“Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end.”
Fever continues right after Wither. It has been a while since I’ve read that book, but it wasn’t hard to follow the storyline. Rhine ran away with Gabriel in the hope of finding her lost twin brother Rowan. Instead, they end up in a situation that looks even worse than the mansion she left behind. This part of the story gave me the creeps.
Rhine comes into the hands of a Madame. This is one freaky lady. She is mentally unstable and extremely suspicious. She believes she can earn a lot of money with Rhine’s beauty and she wants to get rid of Gabriel because she is afraid he is a spy. I was happy that Rhine managed to stay strong and hopeful. The situation looked bad, but she kept believing that they could get away. With clever thinking, she saved Gabriel’s life and she was a good character. Not my favorite, but I liked reading about her.
I wasn’t very invested in Gabriel though. I give him a lot of credits for leaving his good life behind, but he got on my nerves sometimes. I think it’s because he was such a defeatist in many situations. He made everything a bit dark and moody – I wanted him to have more faith in himself and Rhine. The situation was negative enough. The secondary characters were interesting, especially Lilac's past. It made me admire her spirit and courage even more.
“The thing about hope is that it doesn't go away even when it serves no purpose.”
There is also the tension of Vaughn. He manages to track Rhine down and he tries to bring her back. She refuses, but still ends up drugged in the mansion in the basement as part of his new experiments. It was frightening to see what Vaughn is capable of and how easy he uses people like they are objects.
I was happy this story delivered. Keep in mind that this book is dark and heavy. I don’t think everyone will like this, but it worked for me. I have high expectations for Sever.