Review: ‘Fever’ by Lauren DeStefano

I received this book for free from publisher unsolicited in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Fever’ by Lauren DeStefanoFever by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #2
Published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing on February 21st, 2012
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 341
Format: Hardcover
Source: publisher unsolicited
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.

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Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, away from the confining clutches of her father-in-law Vaughn. Trying to find some shelter for the night they stumble across the carnival setting of Madam where she gathers girls from the street and sells them to her clients for money.

To escape one prison and to get stuck in another really irked me! Poor Rhine and Gabriel, could they ever just be free from the evils that lurk in her world? I enjoyed Fever much more that Wither just because they were out in the real world, and I liked how Lauren set the desolate environment where kindness is scarce and people will do anything to survive.

Rhine is such a strong character still and I love how determined she is to find her twin brother and to find freedom. There is very little romance which I like since Rhine’s driving force isn’t to fall in love or be rescued by Gabriel. It’s for her to finally be with the only family she has left whom she misses dearly. When Rhine was in her weakened and fevered state I loved how she cherished her memories before all the pain and suffering came.

Beautiful and haunting, Lauren DeStefano is a wonderfully creative writer and I can’t wait to read the last installment in this wonderful trilogy!



Freedom is the only price to pay for anything in this place. (320)





  1. Kelsey

    June 27, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    I really love this book series and I think it’s kind of underrated 🙂 I’m so glad you like it!

    • Giselle

      June 28, 2014 at 12:19 AM

      Definitely agree with you there..It’s so underrated

  2. The Cover Contessa

    August 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    this book was more odd than the first one. I still have to finish the series, I do like it, it’s just so different, tho!

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