Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Format: Paperback (ARC)
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): 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 mansion...by 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.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
My Summary: After finally making it to the outside world, Rhine and Gabriel try to head for Rhine's old home. After climbing the wrong fence and getting captured by a cruel woman known only as Madame, the two are forced to participate in the activities going on inside the tents.
But when all seemed lost, Rhine and Gabriel were able to escape. Now with nowhere to go, Rhine and Gabriel must find their way to Manhatten - and to safety - before Vaughn can track them down again.
My Thoughts: I absolutely loved this installment of the Chemical Garden trilogy! I read it all in one sitting - I couldn't put it down without finding out how it ended.
In this installment we get a glimpse of the world Rhine remembers - one where you can't leave the house without looking over your shoulder, and where nobody has much of anything. Here we see Rhine and Gabriel's relationship flourish as they rely on each other not just for comfort but for survival. We also learn a few things about Jenna as Gabriel and Rhine race back to Manhattan to find Rowan, and we see just how far Housemaster Vaughn will go to get Rhine back. Personally, I enjoyed Fever more than Wither (probably because of the action), but both are amazingly well-written. The atmosphere of these books is creepy and gritty and glamorous all at once... it's going to be difficult to wait for the third installment!
Final Thoughts: If you don't already have Fever or Wither on your reading list, I definitely recommend you put it on there! I really enjoyed it and I know you will as well.