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Fever Hardcover – Feb 21 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Feb. 21 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144240907X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442409071
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,518 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Rhine's struggles and pain are real, and her story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. I couldn't read this book fast enough."

--Beth Revis, NY Times Bestselling Author of Across the Universe

DeStefano’s rich use of language helps set this dystopian tale apart.

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano is the author of The Internment Chronicles and the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden trilogy, which includes Wither, Fever, and Sever. She earned her BA in English with a concentration in creative writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut. Visit her at LaurenDeStefano.com.

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By Believer TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 7 2016
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In "Fever" the second novel in the "Chemical Garden" series Rhine's obsession with escaping her exquisite but demented prison to find her brother has her fleeing the mansion with Gabriel only to be entrapped in a twisted carnival where they are caged and forced to perform for warped customers who delight in watching their drugged passion. Yet as Rhine struggles with fear, guilt and despair, hoping to find a way out of this new torture she can't forget the husband she betrayed and left behind.

In a dystopian world plagued by corruption, chaos and hopelessness where young females face death at twenty and men at twenty-five, the environment's terrifying especially for girls who are kidnapped by the Gatherers to be sold into marriage, or prostitution if rejected. Even malformed children are shown no mercy and either killed at birth or handed over for genetic research. The mood is dark and uncertain as Rhine fixated on gaining her freedom to return to her twin in Manhattan, escapes one prison only to be trapped in another where she's drugged and exhibited. With her father-in-law Housemaster Vaughn never far behind her life is predicted to get worse before it gets better.

This plot is fast-paced and emotionally-charged as Rhine struggles to break free from Madame Soleski's clutches especially when Housemaster Vaughn shows up take her back to the mansion. The intensity and suspense continually escalates not only with Rhine and Gabriel's perilous journey across a hostile landscape, their discovery of the charred remains of her home in Manhattan, but with her deteriorating health.

Throughout the story the relationship between Rhine and Gabriel seems more of a friendship sparked by her need to free him from Vaughn's abuse.
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Format: Hardcover
The raw disgust, hatred, and loathing towards the male race is evident in this book. Nearly every single male character (aside from Gabriel, Jared, and Silas) are depicted as violent, psychotic, misogynistic, and even rapists. Rhine makes it very clear that being a girl in this world is a terrifying thing, and more than ever she is being treated as an object in this book. Like you would treat a lamp, or a plate. As a girl, I found this book to be a very strong reflection of how women are treated in developing countries, but even I was amazed at how vile all the males were. SPOILER ALERT: We never get to meet Rowan, but from what we learn about him, he suffers from severe temper issues and is prone to destructive violence and is extraordinarily territorial. END SPOILER ALERT. This book is written so beautifully, so eloquently, so detailed, and so disturbing. The author is truly a great writer, and she doesn't shy away from explaining horrific, gruesome scenes (which are plenty in this novel.) We get to meet so many new characters, many of which are terrifying, others of which are quite likeable and interesting.

I can't wait to see what happens to Rhine, Gabriel, Rowan, Cecily, Lilac, Maddie, and Linden.

WARNING: this book is far more graphic, far more gruesome, and far more violent than the first novel. There were many cringe-worthy scenes in this.
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Fair warning: this review has some spoilers for Wither, but doesn't contain spoilers for Fever.

I loved Wither for it's twisted and rather disturbing storyline, and I was hoping that Fever would continue in a similar way. Fever picks up right where Wither left off; and in typical dystopian trilogy fashion, it has what I call "middle book syndrome" (this isn't a necessarily a bad thing) where it follows the journey of Rhine once she's escaped.

And I was SO excited and completely, 100% captiviated by Fever and it fulfilled all of my hopes and expectations for it- making another fabulous read from Lauren DeStefano!

Reasons to Read:

1.A world outside the Mansion:
Since Rhine's no longer trapped in the Mansion, we finally get a chance to see (along with her) exactly what the world outside the Mansion is like; there's definitely a lot more world building in that aspect. And it is so disturbingly freaky, and just as twisted as the rest of the plot has been!

2.Literal shivers:
There is something so perversed about the world in which Wither takes place, and I honestly find so many of the events taking place, supposedly normal and rather routine occurences, to be constantly shocking. And Lauren writes in such a way, that the impact of this seems almost greater.

3.Character development:
We really get to see a couple characters significantly grow and change throughout Fever, rather than just being introduced to them as was the case with Wither. Rhine and Gabriel don't find that everything works out easily for them, and they're often put in difficult situations... and the question is how they'll adapt to those circumstances. But we definitely get to see new sides to them, along with some new characters.
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I must admit that it took me a really long time to get into this book (I struggled to get through the first sixty or so pages of this book, I could literally only read ten or so pages a day, and then after having read the first sixty pages I set the book down for about a month or two before picking it up once again)- something that is quite unheard of for me. The main reason why I struggled through the first bit of this book was because I found that it didn't jive whatsoever with the world that we had come to know and love (errrrr.... perhaps "love" is not the best word to use when describing a world in which young girls are forced into polygamous marriages and die in their early twenties ;) ) in "Wither", the first book in the series. However, once I was able to get past the first sixty pages, I found that the book was a lot more manageable and I was able to read the remainder of the book within a couple of hours.

There were a number of things that irked me about "Wither" (for instance, did Rhine and Gabriel technically have a relationship, Rhine didn't give Gabriel a choice in running away, etc.) and I very much appreciated and was quite surprised by the fact that this book addressed almost every single problem that I had had (it gave me a new found respect of everything that went down in "Wither", not to mention a different perspective). Furthermore, I did quite like a few of the newly introduced characters (Maddie especially) and the reintroduction of old characters (old characters who I frankly didn't think we would ever see again).

That being said, while I quite liked all of my burning questions being answered in this book and the introduction of new characters, I was overall quite a bit disappointed by the plot of this book overall.
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