Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Review: Fever (Chemical Garden 2) by Lauren DeStefano


Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

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.

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.


Publication date: February 21st 2012 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing

The Elliott Review:

Fever picks up where Wither left off and doesn't let up. Although Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion of horrors, they are by no means out of danger in this part of their story. They barely have time to show each other the love that motivated them to flee in the first place. Survival in the outside world is not a given, especially with some of the twisted, strange people they meet along the way.

This book kept me in constant suspense, wondering how things would turn out for Rhine and Gabriel. The main heart of the story is Rhine as a character deciding how she will be able to live in this horrible new world. Will she find her brother? Will she be victimized? Will she be able to continue living with a strange sickness that doesn't seem to be something recognizable?

This book seemed like a wonderful transition to me. There is some important development, and the tension rises and rises as Rhine looks for Rowan. This is definitely something not to be missed!!

Young Adult Notes:

Prostitution, attempted rape, child abuse, forced marriage, torture/medical experimentation, mild language.

Source: Borrowed


  1. This book definitely sounds interesting to me! I'll add it to my wish list!

    P/S: You have been book-tagged!

  2. I loved this one too!!! I can't wait to read the last'll be forever ;)