Thursday, January 24, 2013

ARC Review: Sever by Lauren DeStefano

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publishing Date:February 12th, 2012
Genre: YA Dystopian
Pages: 384 pgs
ISBN: 9781442409095
Source: ARC received from publishers for an honest review

Summary from Goodreads: 

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.

My Review: 

 Okay, what can I say about this book?  I read this book weeks and weeks ago and I'm just getting to writing my review now.  Why, you ask.  Well that's simple, I can't quite put into words how much I really love this whole series.  I mean there is a kickass heroine, a conflicted character (is he good or is he bad?), a super villain, and a reason to fight.  I still can't quite form coherent sentences at this point without either sounding silly or giving away spoilers.  
This book is the third book in a series and it concludes the series quite nicely.  I like that it was not all rainbows and unicorns because the series is not at all like this.  There are many sad things in the world that DeStefano creates but in the midst of this there are many glimpses of hope for the future.  
What I liked about this novel is that you could really start to understand the motives behind some of the characters.  Even with the characters you hate, you can really start to kind of understand why they do the messed up things that they do.  In a way you almost start to feel sorry for them because they can never truly be happy, nor can they find the good amongst all the bad.  
This book sent my emotions all over the place.  Without giving too much away, there is a point in this book when things aren't as they seem and this just threw me into overdrive.  I was calling everyone I knew to see if they had read the book yet and if they had read that far in the book.  Then I continued to read and my tear ducts dried up but only momentarily.  Oh Lauren DeStefano you know how to make a girl cry.  To me this is the sign of a good book but if I'm being honest I'm an easy customer because it seems like I can cry at almost anything.  
Well, this review is a little disjointed but I feel like there is nothing I can say to do this book justice.  I loved it and I loved the whole series.  What am I going to do now that it's done? 

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