(The Chemical Garden #2)
by Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 21, 2012
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Genre: YA Dystopian
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I didn't love Wither but after reading several reviews of Fever, I thought I might like it better and decided to give it a try. Luckily I was right and really enjoyed it. Fever was a lot more exciting. I think what I most disliked about Wither was that the whole book takes place in Linden's nasty bride slave prison/mansion and I wanted to see Rhine out in the world more. I got my wish although the world was pretty nasty as well. It picks up right where Wither left off with Rhine and Gabriel trying to find Rowan. But as soon as their boat docks they are sucked into a new hell, some kind of freaky prostitution circus. Rhine and Gabriel have to mess around in a bird cage while others watch. Luckily that is all that happens to Rhine. This is kind of a spoiler but it's also the reason I almost didn't keep reading so I figure I should go ahead and let you know up front that Rhine is never rapped. I was unsure if the author would go there and I really didn't want to read about that happening.
Poor Gabriel. He really gets the bad end of the deal in the escape. He becomes addicted to drugs by force. It's one hell after another but you can tell he truly loves Rhine. He was very sweet and protective of her. I am really hoping they get a chance to be happy together before the series is over. Rhine and Gabriel eventually escape the circus and head to Manhattan. Rhine returns home to find it burned to the ground and no sign or word from Rowan anywhere. They settle into an orphanage and you might think they would catch a break but of course not! Rhine is sick and they believe Vaughn has something to do with it. He had found them at the circus and they believe he will find them again. When he does we learn a lot of truly horrible things about Vaughn and his experiments. He is sicker than we thought. On the upside Rhine finally lets everything out to Linden. He is only at the very end of the book, another reason I think I enjoyed this book more. I've never been a fan of Linden but he slightly redeems himself at the end. He is still hopelessly naive and clueless but not completely evil. I'm actually looking forward to seeing how this all ends in the next book.
"Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying."
"I lost everyone I loved," I tell him. I wait for him to look at me, and then I add, "The day I met you."
"But there’s no such thing as free. There are only different and more horrible ways to be enslaved."
"Because even if the lie is beautiful, the truth is what you face in the end"
Rating: 4/5 Stars!
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