Fever (Chemical Garden)

Fever - Lauren DeStefano Fever is a dark, thrilling, and captivating dystopian world full of beautiful thought provoking images. The dying girls covered in glitter has a magical way of putting readers right inside the carnavals described in brilliant rich detail with their rusty old merry-go-rounds. It is a gut-wrenching emotional rollercoaster, that is phenomenally gripping and action packed. It does a wonderful job, picking up where Wither left off. Rhine and Gabriel have escaped the mansion, but not necessarily the danger that follows them wherever they seem to run to. De Stefano does a brilliant job of painting a stark picture of deep-seeded fear, overwhelming hopelessness, and incredible danger that both Rhine and Gabriel must face. When faced with a heart wrenching decision of whether her freedom is worth more than she has to lose, Rhine must decide between head and heart under some pretty extraoridinarly overwhelming conditions. She does so, with an amazing wealth of strength and graceful courage. Her voice is incredibly strong and possesses this melodic quality that has the ability of putting readers in a trance with it. Fever is a highly charged emotionally bold story that is often times realistically dark and gritty. It is a uniquely interesting and cleverly written novel, where de Stefano has created a terrifying world of dark compelling beauty and short life spans where women only live until they are twenty and men survive until their twenty-fifth year. Filled with action-packed danger lurking around every corner, creatively clever story arcs that will leave readers engaged til' the last page has been read, and heart-pounding romance on the way to freedom Fever is sure to be one of the most compelling reads in 2012. De Stefano possesses this uncanny ability to draw her readers in with strong imagery, beautiful prose that's almost lyrical at best, fascinating world building that she expounds on further in the second installment of her Chemical Garden trilogy, and richly developed characters that experiences exponential growth with each novel that follows. Fever is a deeply conflicted and compelling tale of danger and survival. It's about the lengths one would go to in order topursue their personal choice of freedom and what they will risk, no matter the cost - life or death. It will leave reader's breathless and wanting more.