Review: ‘Sever’ 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: ‘Sever’ by Lauren DeStefanoSever by Lauren DeStefano
Series: The Chemical Garden #3
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on February 12th, 2013
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Post Apocalyptic, Young Adult
Pages: 371
Format: ARC
Source: publisher unsolicited
Time is running out for Rhine in this conclusion to the New York Times bestselling Chemical Garden Trilogy.

With the clock ticking until the virus takes its toll, Rhine is desperate for answers. After enduring Vaughn’s worst, Rhine finds an unlikely ally in his brother, an eccentric inventor named Reed. She takes refuge in his dilapidated house, though the people she left behind refuse to stay in the past. While Gabriel haunts Rhine’s memories, Cecily is determined to be at Rhine’s side, even if Linden’s feelings are still caught between them.

Meanwhile, Rowan’s growing involvement in an underground resistance compels Rhine to reach him before he does something that cannot be undone. But what she discovers along the way has alarming implications for her future—and about the past her parents never had the chance to explain.

In this breathtaking conclusion to Lauren DeStefano’s Chemical Garden trilogy, everything Rhine knows to be true will be irrevocably shattered.

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Finally a look into the outside world as Rhine sees it. She is constantly at battle with herself and the struggles and heartache she goes through just made me feel like I was in her head. You can see how much she has changed from Fever and to finally have an ending for this trilogy.. All I can say is I was pestered with all the FEELS! As for all the other characters, I felt each character come to terms with who they are and how they have developed from the first novel. I LOVE CHARACTER GROWTH!

Explanations of the world building are finally answered and it may not be the answer I was looking for, it did at least answer some of my questions. I felt the ending was rushed and the information was dumped in the end, but at least there were some answers.

Lauren has a way of writing that makes you stay in the character’s life and not think about anything or anyone else. She has this keen ability to write about the human mind and all its wonders. Her writing is on point and this one was a little longer than the others but it was still a fabulous read.

Looking forward to what else Lauren has in store for us!

So much character growth in this one!

Pacing is just right. Length was a little long, but I didn’t seem to mind in the end.

Gorgeous! This one isn’t Photoshopped as much since it looks like an actual cover model. Oh and I love the emerald green on this one.

Good enough to keep me wondering and the length is just right.

Overall, a satisfying conclusion to the Chemical Gardens Trilogy.


The world is still out there. They just want you to think it’s gone.
It wasn’t all a lie, Linden. Not everything. Not all of it.
This is where it starts. This is the spark that will eventually consume him.
I wondered what made you love him instead of me.
Things didn’t turn out how you’d have liked, but nothing ever does.
I can’t imagine a more dangerous thing to have than hope like yours.
You didn’t want to be a pretty thing on a shelf.
No feeling can be the end of a person.
We destroy things with our curiosity. We shatter with our best intentions.





  1. The Cover Contessa

    August 21, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Can’t wait to finally finish this series. I just got a copy of this. Glad you liked it.

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  3. Kamla L.

    May 30, 2013 at 4:00 PM

    I really enjoyed Wither but haven’t had the chance to read Fever as yet. Thanks for the insightful review! Knowing that it has such a satisfying ending motivates me to get moving on finishing the trilogy.

  4. Christa

    May 30, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    I’ m happy to hear Rhine really grows as a character in this book. I think that was my biggest complaint for the first two! I really need to finish up this series soon!

  5. Vannah Batista

    May 16, 2013 at 11:21 PM

    Great review! I’ve been DYING to read this! 🙂

  6. Lisa Richards

    May 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    I didn’t love the first book in this series, for some reason it annoyed the crap out of me but based on the reviews for books 2 and 3, I may have to pick this series back up again.

  7. Ashley Rogers

    May 15, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    AHHH I am so excited to read this series! I just bought the whole set recently and I have just been so busying planning a move and all that I have not had a chance to read them. I have heard so many great reviews on this series! Thank you for sharing! Hope to get these read so I can share my thoughts soon (:!

  8. Cali W.

    May 15, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Great review! I really like this series. Glad to know this last book is going to be good. 😉

  9. Diana Grace

    May 15, 2013 at 12:16 AM

    I would love to start reading the series now… Great review, thanks! 🙂

    – Diana

  10. Jaime Lester

    May 6, 2013 at 11:49 PM

    I have tried a couple of times to read this series, but haven’t made it very far. Now that the final book is out, and getting good reviews, I may have to try again. The whole idea behind the story is definitely intriguing!

  11. Megan Conway

    May 6, 2013 at 5:27 AM

    Glad you liked it 🙂 I really liked how it ended. And I definitely agree on the character development. I cried at more than a few points.

    Just to note: None of the covers are photoshopped. They all use models. Lauren posted the making of the FEVER cover last year:

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