Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Fever by Lauren DeStefano Review

From Goodreads: 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.

Rating: 5/5

Plot: 5/5

Characters: 5/5

Ending: 5/5

Rhine and Gabriel have left the mansion and instead of finding the freedom they wanted, much to my disappointment but not shock, they get caught up in another new-world scheme: a "carnival". Madame, a first generation who is an addict and most often fakes a light French-German accent, runs a prostitution ring in a desolate area. All she cares for is money and when Gabriel is saved by Rhine's beauty and ability to gain some of Madame's trust. Rhine, once again, must blend in with her environment in order to escape and get to Manhattan.

Fever was as exciting and rich as Wither and I really enjoyed the new storyline. A lot more information was found out, secrets revealed, and depth was added to the story when I thought it was already perfect.Everything was planned perfectly and I didn't have many qualms about this book. It all seemed to fit together and was believable (for their world anyway). There was so much story packed into this book I thought it could have been 2 books!

I need to get my hands on the next book ASAP!


The one thing I had a minor issue with the past two books of the series was the pro-naturalists. I don't get how anyone would not want to try to find a cure. I feel like, in Wither, a lot of history was condensed and I wish the reader could know more about the history and the first generations.

I always get the feeling that all first generations are creepy. Especially when Rhine, Gabriel, and Maddie stay overnight at the restaurant they find. It seems like they're all corrupted because of the death of their children and the seemingly end of their world.

I loved that Gabriel opened up more and become more dimensional. He and Rhine faced reality and this story definitely wasn't as cushy as the Florida mansion. Even Rhine is learning more about herself and seeing the faults in Rowan and the world; except that she can't accept the fact that she will die at age 20.

Although I was at first disappointed that we weren't clued in more with how Rhine's eyes are so special and what she has to do with a cure, I did come to realize that that wasn't the sole focus of the story and the next book, the last one, should explain everything. I hope Rhine finds her brother early on because there's going to be  a lot going on: finding Rowan, learning about her eyes and her parents, getting back to Gabriel. It's going to be intense but I trust Lauren DeStefano to end this series well.

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