Sunday, 1 July 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Title: Fever
Author: Lauren DeStefano
Publisher: Harper Voyager
ISBN: 978-0-00-745779-3
Pages: 341
Series: Chemical Garden Trilogy #2
Type: Young Adult Dystopian
Source: Purchased
Rhine Ellery has escaped her forced polygamous marriage along with Gabriel, a servant. In her desperation to escape her gilded cage, Rhine has forgotten a lot about the real world and runs straight into a trap in the form of a strange run-down carnival. Desperate to reach her brother in Manhattan, Rhine and Gabriel struggle to free themselves but with Rhine's sinister father-in-law Housemaster Vaughn determined to recapture her will they be able to escape again.

This is the second book in the Chemical Garden trilogy (after Wither) and a book I was eagerly anticipating given my enjoyment of the previous installment. Now away from the mansion Rhine and Gabriel are on their own and the book has a great feel of danger as the realities of the world set in. Gabriel's reactions in particular are fascinating as all he has ever known has been an orphanage and the mansion, and Rhine never prepared him for the brutalities of the world.

The book is very much about Rhine and Gabriel's journey to New York and so it twists and turns as they travel and come into contact with other people. That said there were a few plot twists that didn't make any sense, particularly those of Madame and her decisions about what to do with Rhine. It's hard to discuss without spoilers but one day work was done only for a decision to make said work pointless which seemed unusually wasteful for her character.

I was expecting Rhine and Gabriel's romance to develop more in this book away from the influence of Linden, but it seems that reaches beyond his physical presence. Rhine seems to have lost her perspective on her marriage, remembering Linden quite fondly rather than as the man who married her against her will and some of her decisions are pretty dumb. Gabriel really starts to come out of his shell and develop as a character, keeping Rhine safe while struggling to accept the realities of the world.

I loved some of the new characters that were introduced, especially Maddie. Maddie is a disabled child who Rhine and Gabriel encounter on their travels and I was impressed as how sympathetically and realistically her disabilities were presented. She's a really sweet kid to boot and so adds a new dimension to the story whilst replacing Cecily as the dependent character.

All in all this was a great read and I'm looking forward to the final volume Sever.

Plot: 9/10
Characters: 9/10
Ending: 9/10
Enjoyment: 10/10
Cover: 8/10

Overall: 45/50  


  1. I really enjoyed this, I liked how it was darker than the first book but I didn't feel there was any work on the romance, I liked Rhine and Gabriel together in the first book but didn't care with this one :/

    1. I'm not hugely bothered by the romance to be honest. I like that there's a lot of focus on Rhine and the world building. I'm in a no-romance phase at the mo though lol!

  2. I'm looking for good dystopian books to read and found this review. I have to say, I like your rating system!


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