Sunday, 5 May 2013


by Lauren Destefano

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.


AMAZING! Thats the best word to describe The Chemical Garden Trilogy. I came away from the series feeling fulfilled and satisfied that I had read it. After having read Wither, I was engrossed right away, I knew I would continue with the story so on I went to Fever, book number 2 and I swear it got better, so here we are at number 3.

It was quite a gap between reading 2 and 3, I admit so I felt a little lost picking up Sever. The story continues where it left off and it wasn't long before I was right back into the story. It flows right through 1-3. 

So of course, Rhine has escaped Madames Circus, only she lost Gabriel along the way. So this story sees her not only trying to reunite with her brother but Gabriel also. Escaping was one thing but now she has found herself back under the control of Vaughn....possibly the worst case scenario. This takes an unusual turn, we see Rhine form a real relationship with Linden and Cecily, they become a family of sorts. In Wither, we were never meant to grown attached to Linden. He and his father took Rhine from the only life she had with her brother! But we start to see him as a puppet to his fathers mad ideas and this makes us appreciate him and the love that he truly does grow to feel for our Rhine.

I have loved Rhine throughout, she is a true survivor and I love how we see the world through her eyes. She knows there is nothing more to life than what she has grown up with and that quite possibly there really is no other life outside of city but she still has hope and she never gives up finding her brother. 

The characters really are intriguing and they have so much depth that its hard to dislike anyone....that is except for Vaughn of course. The master puppeteer, the highly recognised Doctor. We know him as a demon who picks people apart in his basement with his twisted and tainted ideas of finding a cure. In Sever we really see him as nothing more than a father, desperate to cure his only surviving son. Only this love blinds him and sullies his actions.

There are some unexpected turns towards the end. There was really not one second where I thought I knew where the story was heading. It was unpredictable and I loved every second of it.

Unlike anything else I have read. Exceptional story telling. Compelling, enthralling. A book that teaches us even in despair, there is hope.

Now go read this series!

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