Waiting on Wednesday #43: Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Lauren DeStefano

Publication Date:
February 12, 2013

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Hardcover, 384 pages




What if you knew exactly when you would die? In the not-too-distant future, genetic engineering has turned every newborn into a ticking time bomb — males only live to age 25 and females only live to age 20.

In this bleak landscape, young girls are kidnapped and forced into polygamous marriages to keep the population from dying out. When 16-year-old Rhine Ellery is taken by “the Gatherers” to become a bride, she enters a world of wealth and privilege. Rhine has only one purpose after she has been married to her new husband, Linden: to escape and find her twin brother.

But Rhine has more to contend with than losing her freedom. Linden’s eccentric father is bent on finding an antidote to the genetic virus that is getting closer to taking his son, even if it means collecting corpses in order to test his experiments. With the help of Gabriel, a servant to whom she is dangerously attracted, Rhine is desperate to learn the truth and protect those closest to her. But, as her sister wife Cecily keeps insisting, her role may be much bigger than that.

In the first two books of the Chemical Garden trilogy, Wither and Fever, Rhine struggles to escape the mansion and then to navigate the brutal world outside. Now in Sever, the third and final book, Rhine uncovers some shattering truths about the past that her parents never had the chance to tell her and the alarming implications regarding her own genes. She may be the one who can save the human race.


I requested this one from S&S and I can’t wait until it arrives! The Chemical Garden trilogy is just like the Handmaid’s Tale for teens, and this series is written very well. Love Lauren DeStefano’s writing and I can’t wait until this series is over so I can read more from her.

What’s your Waiting on Wednesday book this week?


  1. SweetMarie83

    October 29, 2012 at 1:33 AM

    I haven’t read any of these books, but now that the third one is coming out, I guess it’d be a good time to catch up on the trilogy! I feel so out of the loop sometimes lol. I saw from your STS post that the book arrived, so I hope you enjoy it! 🙂

  2. Stephanie @ Bookfever

    October 24, 2012 at 7:21 PM

    Can’t wait for this! 😀

  3. Jen

    October 20, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    I’m waiting on this one too. I can’t wait to see how it all ends.

  4. Grace Lo

    October 19, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    I’ve only read Wither and thought it was an absolutely enchanting read. And mainly because I’m an idiot, I haven’t gotten around to reading Fever. Love your pick! (Can I say how beautiful the covers all are?)

  5. Kelly

    October 18, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    I just cannot wait to get this book!!! love this series!!!

  6. Jaime Lester

    October 17, 2012 at 11:42 PM

    I have not read this series, but so many people love it. I really should give it a try. On another note, I love the covers. They are cool.

  7. Lauren

    October 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    I really need to get on this series before the third one comes out and I’m even further behind. I’ve had Wither on my shelf from ages… I don’t know what’s keeping me from it! I hope you enjoy 🙂

  8. Tiff @ Escaping... One Book @ a Time

    October 17, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    I have Wither on my shelf begging to be read but I just can’t bring myself to start it yet and keep putting it off for the next book lol Great pick and I love these covers!!

  9. Sarah G

    October 17, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    I haven’t read this series. I think the whole arranged/forced marriage thing would stress me out too much! Love your Halloween background, btw! My Wow

  10. Martina Koleva

    October 17, 2012 at 3:56 PM

    I haven’t had the chance to read the previous books in the trilogy but I really, really want to do it. They all sound pretty great. I hope you like Sever when you read it. Great pick!
    Come check out my WOW post.

  11. Erika

    October 17, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    Awesome pick! I can’t wait for this book either.

    Here’s my choice:

  12. Shane @ Itching for Books

    October 17, 2012 at 2:00 PM

  13. L.S. Murphy

    October 17, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    Great pick. I enjoyed Wither. I need to catch up with the rest of the series.

  14. Tribute Books Mama

    October 17, 2012 at 11:21 AM

    Sounds like a great series, nice cover

  15. Kristin

    October 17, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    I read the first book in the trilogy and really enjoyed it. I need to still read the second one though.

  16. Monica

    October 17, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Looks like a good read. Im gonna have look into this. Feel free to check out my WoW…

  17. Em

    October 17, 2012 at 10:50 AM

    So excited to see how this series will end. Both Wither and Fever were amazing. Great pick!
    My WOW

  18. Tiff @ MostlyYALit

    October 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM

    Great choice! I’ve been wanting to read the Chemical Garden series for awhile – I like your description of it as “Handmaid’s Tale” for YA…

    Here’s My WoW

  19. Crystal

    October 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM

    I can’t wait to read this one! I hope you get your copy soon =) Great pick!

    Our WoW for the week =)

  20. Julie

    October 17, 2012 at 10:21 AM

    Nice pick! I’ve been wanting to read this one too. By the way, I like your Halloween background 🙂

    Julie @ Novel Nexus Reviews

  21. Karina A.

    October 17, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    The series is already in my TBR list but I haven’t started it yet. Nice choice.

    Here’s my WOW

  22. andrea hetlsley

    October 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM

    This series looks so good! I’m going to have to read it once this one comes out. I’m glad you enjoy it. Hope you get it soon!

  23. Alicia Coleman

    October 17, 2012 at 7:25 AM

    I haven’t heard of this series, but it sounds intriguing.

    Here’s my WOW

  24. Sarah O

    October 17, 2012 at 7:01 AM

    I’ve never read this series and until now I actually had no idea what the premise was even. I think it’s because the first book was released amongst a time when other higher profile books were coming out. Sounds good though, and if you’re looking forward to the third then I assume the rest must’ve been pretty decent. Can I say my hypothetical WoW even if I don’t have a blog? I’m looking forward to All the Rage by Courtney Summers. How could I not want to read a book that’s being compared to Veronica Mars?

    • Giselle

      October 31, 2012 at 12:40 AM

      YESS you can definitely tell me what you’re waiting on, EVEN if you don’t have a blog 😀

      That sounds like such a great pick!

  25. Cassi

    October 17, 2012 at 6:14 AM

    I love this series so much and I’m dying for Sever. I’m just not too crazy about the cover. It’s not bad, but I think it looks like they forgot to edit in a background.

  26. Sharon

    October 17, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    I hope to get started on this series soon.

    A nice WoW pick!

  27. Sabina

    October 17, 2012 at 4:29 AM

    I still haven’t read Wither despite having it here!

    My WoW

    Sabina @ Delirious About Books
    October Celebration Giveaway

  28. Michelle Sedeño

    October 17, 2012 at 3:09 AM

    I still HAVE to read the first book. 🙁
    Here’s my Wednesday post..
    Have a great day!

  29. Sonya@sonythebooklover

    October 17, 2012 at 3:01 AM

    Honestly I haven’t paid much attention to this series cause you once you’ve read one dystopian you’ve read them all but Sever intrigues me thanks for sharing…

  30. Megan

    October 17, 2012 at 2:44 AM

    I’ve heard so much about this series I just must read it! I’m going to bump it up on my to-read list. 🙂
    Here’s my WoW

  31. Tanja - Tanychy

    October 17, 2012 at 2:18 AM

    I really must read this series. I’ve heard only amazing things about it. So I really hope that I’ll find some time to read it. Thanks for sharing.

    Here is my WOW

  32. Sheena-kay Graham

    October 17, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    I’ve been wanting to read Wither for a while. This book is the third in the series and it sounds very good. Check out WOW.

  33. Jennifer @ Dream Reads

    October 17, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Have not had the chance to read this series but it looks amazing and that is one gorgeous cover. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  34. michelle A

    October 17, 2012 at 1:19 AM

    I have read Wither and really enjoyed it . I have Fever and Sever to catch up. Looking forward to bingeing on both:D



  35. Eric Townsend

    October 17, 2012 at 1:09 AM

    This has been a pretty popular pick lately! I haven’t read its predecessors so I don’t know if I will read this one or not. Thanks for sharing! ^.^ If you would like to check out my Waiting On Wednesday you can do so here. 🙂

  36. Kathy @ I Write, I Read, I Review

    October 17, 2012 at 1:06 AM

    I loved Wither and I have Fever sitting here and need to read it. I definitely do want to see how all of this turns out, though. Great choice.

    My WoW,
    Kathy Ann

  37. Inky

    October 17, 2012 at 12:20 AM

    Nice pick. I recently read Wither and enjoyed it. I’m hoping to get Fever soon so I can catch up with all the blurb for this one!
    Stop by MY WOW?
    <3 Inky@Book Haven Extraordinaire

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