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Fever by Lauren DeStefano
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I’ve been away from the mansion for some time and had almost forgotten how much I enjoyed the first book of The Chemical Garden-trilogy.
The plot wasn’t as strong as I had hoped it would be. But the overall eerie feeling I got – as if some creepy clown was constantly watching my ever move, did a lot! Being always on the run, made this quite a pageturner! ( )
  NinaCaramelita | Dec 14, 2015 |
It may be just me, but I could not get into this book. I enjoyed [b:Wither|8525590|Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1)|Lauren DeStefano|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1341532430s/8525590.jpg|13392566] and looked forward to reading this sequel; however, as I read this, all I could think about was punching the characters, and I'm not even sure why. I may revisit this at a later time and will hopefully find the characters more likeable, or at least more interesting.
  Kristymk18 | Nov 12, 2015 |
Wow... I enjoyed this book exceptionally more than the first one in the series. It was all I could do not to press my nose to the pages to try to get through the story faster, the suspense was just that awesome!! I was constantly questioning wtf was going on, where is this character, why did they do this, what choice will they make, WHY IS RHINE SO SICK?!... the ending was awesome. NEXT PLEASE. :D ( )
  kirako | Oct 20, 2015 |
So basically this entire book is the main characters on drug-trips, going through drug-withdrawal or sick in one form or another and puking their guts up. The whole book is written in a weird haze which means most of the time the reader does not get a very clear picture of what is going on.

I still have no idea what happened with the whole Madame's birdcage thing. Did Rhine and Gabriel have sex? I only felt the vibe that they made out in various states of undress (maybe), but if that was the case I don't understand why the men coming for prostitutes would pay to watch some kids make out. However, if Rhine and Gabriel did indeed have sex for strangers to watch, which would make more sense in context, why didn't we ever hear Rhine's thoughts about this and trying to deal with it?

The writing is also confusing at times, by which I mean I literally did not know what was going on. When Rhine and Gabriel escape Madame's and run off they see a sign for a fortune teller. Several pages of description follow in which they journey through fields and talk about being tired and in pain. Then they reach a door and it opens to a woman who is a fortune teller. After going back I realized that no time had actually passed between them seeing the sign and knocking on the door, it was just bad writing that made it seems like a whole span of time had passed. This kind of thing happens several times throughout the book.

Uhg. One of the biggest problems with this book is that nothing really happens. Ever. I'm super glad I now know what kind of chips the characters ate but I sure would like some plot to go along with that once in a while.

I also feel like Rhine lost every spark of spunk and tenacity she had in Wither. Was she the strongest character ever in Wither? No, but she at least seemed a bit rebellious and had some life to her. It seems to all have gone out the window in Fever and she resorts to literally laying around, whining, feeling sorry for herself, crying a lot and getting everyone else to take care of her.

I'm not even going to get into Maddie except to say it was a gross caricature of a child with special needs. DeStefano basically wrote in a pointless spider-dog-monkey child who is treated mostly like a pet and yet is smarter then both of the main characters in regards to survival.

Basically this book let me down on many levels and I'm really going to have to decide once the third book comes out it it'll even be worth my time to read it. ( )
  luminescent_bookworm | Jan 27, 2015 |
Can I just say how much I hate this cover. The colours are awful and then there's the model in that very weird and unattractive pose. I can't think of a reason why anyone would choose a cover like that...

The book wasn't so good either. We've now left the 'safety' of the house to travel the country, which will only work properly if you create a world thoroughly. Otherwise it does just feels flat and uninteresting. And why would Manhattan be so much safer than were she is now? Manhattan is were she got abducted in the first place!

For me, this really was one of the second-in-a-trilogy books, that are here mainly to fill the gap between books one and three, and the author's pocket of course. Because I think, if you haven't got enough story for three books, just make it a duology! ( )
  Floratina | Jan 4, 2015 |
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In a future where genetic engineering has cured humanity of all diseases and defects but has also produced a virus that kills all females by age twenty and all males by the age twenty-five, teenaged Rhine escapes her forced marriage and journeys back to New York to find her twin brother.… (more)

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