Monday, February 20, 2012

Review: Fever by Lauren DeStefano

Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Publishing Date: February 21rst, 2011
Genre: YA, Dystopian
Pages: 368 pgs
ISBN: 9781442409071

Rating: 5 out of 5

Summary from GoodReads:
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.

My Review: 
I received this book in the mail and it was a complete surprise that it was coming to me.  I hadn't read Wither yet but it had been on my TBR pile since it came out last year.  So I immediately picked up Wither and I couldn't put it down and I was really happy that I could pick up Fever immediately after
completing Wither.  Fever didn't disappoint; it picked up where Wither left off.  I was excited to see what kind of adventures Rhine and Gabriel were going to go on.  I couldn't believe how quickly they got into trouble.  I felt for them because no sooner do they leave one bird cage when they are put into another.  This is the kind of book that evokes all kinds of emotions; it really is a roller coaster ride.  While I felt outrage at the state of the society in this book and at the treatment of Rhine, a part of me wanted her to find her way back to the estate so that I could see what was going on there.  I started to really feel for Linden, who throughout all of Wither and for most of Fever is completely ignorant of what is occuring around him.  He seemed to be just as much a victim as the women and servants in this book.  His father, Vaughn, is a tyrant who believes he can do whatever he wants regardless of who he affects.  Vaughn has no regard for human life and walks all over everyone he comes in contact to.  I despised that man and that just shows me that
the writing is good.  I was invested in what happened to the characters and that is not always the case for some of the books that I read.  Overall I give this book 5 out of 5 stars.  My only concern is that now I am going to have wait a long time to find out what happens next.  Grrr.. sequels! Thanks again to Simon and Schuster for sending me this amazing novel.

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