Saturday, March 8, 2014

Finding Beauty in a World of Ugly

"I never wanted to live forever,' she says. 
'I just wanted enough time.'"
--Lauren DeStefano, Sever

Genre: YA Dystopia
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Children's Publishing, 371 pages
Publication Date: February 12th, 2013
Source: Bought
Previous Books in Series: Wither & Fever

Goodreads Description

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.

I literally read this books MONTHS ago and for some reason it was never that means it is not in my new format. It is also quite short seeing as it's a final book and we can't give away too many spoilers. My apologies. 


Wow. Another series binge read. I thought for my final review of Sever I would talk about the series as a whole and combine it with Fever in case you haven’t read any of the books yet.

The Chemical Garden series will leave you unsettled and haunted…and this is what I liked about them. The world is a dangerous and ugly place and Lauren DeStefano takes what we perceive as growth and advancement in our society and turns it right on its head. I love that she writes and explores subjects that are not easy to discuss. She takes on dark topics that most readers will want to run away from but this is what I find so appealing about her trilogy.

We live in a world that has ugliness in it. We cannot deny this fact. Lauren explores this ugliness and exposes you to the utter hopelessness and despair that life can give you. Her dystopia is terrifying because it feels real. Scientific advancement is great but it is not without its costs. She helps us to see what kind of damage we could do if we are not careful. I loved that her world is dark and makes you realize that not all stories have happy endings and sometimes you just have to endure.

Now, enough with the dark drama. The final book in this trilogy, while still haunting and unsettling at times, is extremely satisfying. Questions are answered, some problems are resolved, and we get a  full circle of a story that leaves the reader with a feeling of relief because the story arc has completed its full circle. While the story is not all happy, there are happy moments to be found and this is what else I liked about the trilogy; happiness can still be found even in the ugly moments.

Should You Read This? If you are a fan of Wither and Fever, you will definitely not be disappointed with this final book. If you haven’t read any yet, this is a dystopia that will leave you feeling haunted but ultimately worth it. 

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