Friday, February 24, 2012

Fever Review

341 pages

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. 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.

This was a good novel, not as good as the first one, but good. There was something about this book that I didn't really like. I think that Rhine's narration turned me off a bit. I felt like Rhine's focus was mostly her thoughts for too much of this novel and most of it was taken up with her hallucinations and prior memories. I also wasn't the biggest fan of Rhine in this novel because she seemed to go through periods of strength and weakness one after another. Besides that the story was still a good one. Rhine and Gabriel seem to have a realistic relationship where everything isn't all love all the time. The world outside the mansion is a new experience for Rhine as well as Gabriel. Rhine seems to have remembered a world that was better than it actually is. Rhine and Gabriel are both unprepared for the things they have to deal with in the outside environment. There is a lot of violence towards women in general in this novel because of society's need to produce children and the fact that some people choose to take advantage of those who are dying. This story definitely leaves you with a good cliffhanger in the end and I can't wait to see what the next book in the series brings. I recommend this novel to anyone who has read Wither and wants to see the continuation of Rhine's story.


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