Friday, June 7, 2013

Teen Review: Sever (The Chemical Garden #3) by Lauren DeStefano

Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Thriller
Publication.Date  February 12th 2013 (Hardcover edition)
Published By:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
WebsiteLauren DeStefano 

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My review copy:Review copy purchased by me.
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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.

He understands that I'm not a ghost. I'm a girl, and one who hasn't always been especially kind to him.
I was somebody's daughter once, and then I was somebody's wife. I'm neither of those things now.
And now I know: The winged bride that fluttered ahead of me is gone. She's been conned, ruined, left for dead, and she's not going to forgive any of it. She will soldier on, if only out of spite.

     This book is a fantastic ending to the trilogy. It was filled with great writing, strong characters, and action, and I enjoyed every single page of it. Well, except for the very last few. Those were kind of boring. BUT! Other than that, this was a very interesting book. DeStefano’s writing style is so simple and engaging, you can’t help but be sucked in. The story continued from the second book perfectly, and the story line was very good. I don’t think it was AS GOOD as Fever’s, because more happened in that book, but this story answered more questions. And I must admit, I did enjoy the absence of romance. Usually YA books are full of mushy, adorable love, but not this one, and it was a breath of fresh air. There were a few twists to the plot, a few jaw-dropping events, but in the end I think that DeStefano kind of opted for the easy way out, the easy way to solving all the problems. Plus, the ending, while a happy one, wasn’t very thrilling. But it was a good ending to the series, like I said before.

     Even though she is the main character, Rhine wasn’t the character that stood out to me in this book. For me, she didn’t have much personality or spunk. I thought Cecily fitted that description much better. She was a firecracker, that’s for sure. She had spunk, drive, personality, and she was a very strong-willed character. I also really liked Linden in this book. I wasn’t a huge fan of him in the others because he was kind of a wimp, but he got stronger in this book and I loved reading about it. I even liked Bowen, the baby, better than Rhine ! She just kind of disappeared for me, and wasn’t a very good main character.

     Even though the story line wasn’t very complicated or as thrilling as Fever’s, I did enjoy the writing and Cecily, Linden , and Bowen, and this book DID wrap up the series very well.

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