Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Source: ARC from the publisher
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.
So I’ve had a serious love hate relationship with this series. I loved Wither absolutely loved it and I couldn’t wait to read Fever the second book in the series. Now I really didn’t like Fever. At. All. I actually didn’t like it so much that I had a hard time writing a review for it. And I was scared but dying to get my hands on the third book in the series Sever because it couldn’t get worse than Fever could it? Thank goodness it wasn’t bad. Actually it was pretty amazing! Sever was the best of the trilogy hands down!
I was sad to see there wasn’t much Gabriel in this book because I loved him so much in the first book and the second *sighs*. But I was pleasantly surprised at how much I grew to care for Linden. He became his own man and got out from under his father’s thumb and surprisingly if he hadn’t been such an idiot in the first two books he may have stolen my heart.
I think what I loved most about this book is we actually find out what in the hell The Chemical Garden is because I couldn’t remember a single reference about it in the first two books. We also find out about a cure for the illness and find out some interesting truths about certain people including Vaughn, Rhine, and her brother Rowan. And yep there’s something that happens in this one that had me bawling like a baby and nope I’m not going to tell you what it is. I think everyone will be very happy with the ending of this trilogy I know I sure was!
I chose a passage between Rhine and Linden’s uncle Reed because it made me giggle.
“Vaughn was using me to find an antidote,” I say. “Something about my eyes being like a mosaic, or something. I don’t know. It’s hard to follow him.” And at the time, I had so many drugs running through me that I thought the ceiling tiles were singing to me. Those days were so vivid at the time, but now, looking back, the memory is a shadow at the end of a long corridor. I can’t remember much of anything.
“Doesn’t sound like something my nephew would allow,” Reed says. “Don’t get me wrong, the poor boy is as oblivious as a rabbit on a lion reserve, but still”
Animal reserves are a thing of the past, but somehow this comparison feels right.
“He didn’t know,” I say. “And when I told him, he didn’t really believe it was as bad as it was. He still won’t. So we’ve decided it’s best to”—I pause, looking for the right words—“part ways. He and Cecily have the new baby coming, and I need to find my brother.” And Gabriel, but that would require even more explaining, and I’m already starting to feel exhausted and achy just thinking about what’s been said so far.
The dull aching becomes a stab of pain in my temple when Reed asks, “Then, why, doll, are you still wearing his ring?”