Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Fever by Lauren DeStefano

by Lauren DeStefano

Summary: Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but danger is never far behind.

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.
I'm not sure what it was about this book, but I really enjoyed it. There were things about it that should have bugged me, but they didn't (like the way everything always seemed a bit too - conveniently worked out but I can't fully explain that without spoilers), or should have bored me but they didn't. I felt totally hooked on the story and was never bored.
I loved the writing - Lauren's writing style...I dunno, I just liked the writing a lot. Examples:

“Everyone should remember being born. It doesn't seem fair that we only remember dying.”

“He kissed back, all the pages spread out around us like riddles waiting to be solved. Let them wait. Let my genes unravel, my hinges come loose. If my fate rests in the hands of a madman, let death come and bring its worse. I'll take the ruined craters of laboratories, the dead trees, this city with ashes in the oxygen, if it means freedom. I'd sooner die here than live a hundred years with wires in my veins.”

“When I die, will he be sorry that he loved me?” 

I loved that this book showed more of what the world is like outside of Lindens mansion, too. In the first book, while I loved it, it felt like the world building was lacking something but it was better in this one.

Rhine was so set on wanting to be free in Wither and she painted this picture of her world before she was captured, promising Gabriel that freedom was better than life at the mansion and I liked that when they got out, we saw that freedom is really flawed too and that the world is really broken by what has happened to them all - it was mentioned in the first book, but this one really shows it and I hope the third book shows more.

The characters were probably one of my favourite things about the first book and they were still my favourite in this. Rhine had her annoying moments but I still really liked her and I still think Gabriel is lovely and liked the addition of the new characters (particularly Maddie and the new male character whose name I can't quite remember right now but shows up in the second half of the book - I really hope he's got a big part in the third book).

I think it's great that we're still finding out more about characters like Jenna through other characters, she was one of my favourites from the first book and it feels like she's still such a big part of this one even though she's not around anymore, her presence haunts the story in a good way.

I thought this review would be pretty short but it seems I could find more to say than I thought I could without giving spoilers. Anyway, I really liked the book. I'd rate it 4 stars out of 5 and I can't wait to read the next one (especially considering the way this one ended jvnflkvjnf!).


1 comment:

  1. Oh man.. I loved this book. It was just so intense! Oh no.. I can't think of that male characters name either!! ooh that's going to bug me. But I really enjoyed him as well! A great addition.



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