Friday, January 11, 2013

Review- Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Sever (The Chemical Garden Trilogy #3)
Lauren DeStefano
Release Date: February 12, 2013
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN:  1442409096
Source: ARC from the publisher
Rating: Loved!!!!!!!!!!!
From Goodreads.

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?”


  1. YOU TEASE ! ;) haha man.. I have been wishing I could get my hands on this one. But I will just have to wait it out.. but that little snippet REALLY has me getting impatient! lol Awesome review!

  2. Not much of GABRIEL! *Sigh* Seriously . . . I love that guy and he deserves much more of the spotlight than the author is willing to give to him. Damn. How disappointing . . . like its sequel which I didn't like (at all in fact). But considering I still have a soft spot for Linden I really do hope I like this final book when I get the chance to read it this year. Anyway great review! Glad it worked out for you.

  3. Yay... I am looking forward to this. I wasn't sure about reading the 3rd book after the second one. I will have to pick this up. Great review.

    Jenea @ Books Live Forever

  4. I need to read this book because fever I didn't like at all. Great review , and no Gabriel :(

  5. I still need to read this trilogy! I wonder if I'll get to it soon...Somehow I need an answer on how to read more. :)

  6. I only skimmed your review because I haven't read Fever yet. I even pre-ordered that book and still never got to it. (I think it was a lot of the negative reviews that put me off) I really should get to it though because it seems like the series ends well.

  7. Not a lot of Gabriel? :( I really enjoyed both the first books and it makes me super excited to see you say this was your favorite. Great review! :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

  8. I haven't read Fever yet, but I'm really excited to see how it ends! Sounds like it ends well.

  9. Boo to no Gabriel :-(

    Great review! I wasn't thrilled with Fever either, so I'm very encouraged to hear this series turned around for you. Dreading the bawling part though.... :-)

  10. Great review. I loved the first book, I had problems with the 2nd, and only the last few chapters of Fever I liked, so I am looking forward to seeing if Sever will be better, and by the sounds of it, it looks like it.

    I love Linden, so I am looking forward to seeing what happens to him.

  11. Nice review! Glad to hear that this one was better than Fever, as I wasn't sure if I should read this one or not. Looking forward to it now!

  12. Intriguing review.
    I was supremely appreciative at the scene you posted. It gave me some hope that she will sever the relationship with Linden. I honestly don't care how sweet he came across at times, he still put a bad taste in my mouth for impregnating a 13 year old girl, and if he were to walk away from Cecily, it would only turn him into a flaming 'you know what'. Not that I want her with Gabriel because I am neutral as a whole. I would be satisfied if she were reunited with her brother.
    Ironically enough, I enjoyed Fever more than Wither, perhaps because I read Wither in one afternoon and it was just too hard of a subject to go through it that quickly. But Rhine frustrated me in the first book because she seemed unrealistic as a hormone-induced teenager. She showed little or no emotion through the book, internalized everything, and waited very quietly when in reality, a teenager who has been kidnapped, seen girls killed, and then forced into a marriage she doesn't want would be more like Jenna, who was my favorite character in the first book. However, I read Fever and loved how Rhine transformed herself and she showed much more emotion and a desire to escape her situation.
    Quite eager to see Sever!

  13. This sequel will keep you on your toes, and make you crave the next book! Loved it almost as much as the first one!

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