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Fever (Book 1) (Parallon Trilogy) Paperback – 5 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Dee Shulman writes in a studio overlooking a school quadrangle that bears a striking resemblance to the one at St Magdalene's. She has a degree in English from York University and went on to study Illustration at Harrow School of Art.
She has written and /or illustrated about 50 books, including the popular, highly original My Totally Secret Diary series. She has been translated into many languages, including Japanese, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, French, Welsh, Dutch, and Finnish.
Her books have frequently been highly recommended in the press and on radio and she's been shortlisted for numerous awards. Fever is her first book for teenagers.
Dee is based in London and is available for school, bookshop, online and festival events in the UK.
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I have to admit that I didn't think I was going to like Eve very much when she was first introduced to us. In the first couple of pages she came across as a bit of a selfish brat but as I got to know her better I really warmed to her. There is a bit of "too perfect to be true" about her as she is super smart, so beautiful that boys fall at her feet and even a talented musician and singer but by the time I discovered that about her I already really liked her so I was able to ignore that and get on with enjoying the story. Eve hasn't had an easy family life and has never found it very easy to make friends, she struggles to fit in and has worked hard to get herself kicked out of her last two schools. When she finds out about St. Magdalene's boarding school she feels like it is her last chance to find the place where she belongs and she finally starts making friends. I felt quite sorry for her when one of her new friends turned against her but it came across as very realistic teenage behaviour and I'm sure most girls will have faced something similar at some point in their lives.
Seth on the other hand was a character I liked from the moment he was introduced. He isn't a gladiator through choice but because he was captured and forced into slavery. He doesn't particularly enjoy the battle but fights because he has to to survive - when fights are to the death he is left with no other option but kill or be killed. Seth is strong, fast and an exceptional fighter which is what has kept him alive. I particularly liked Seth's relationship with another slave Matt, they were captured at the same time and have looked out for each other ever since. Matt isn't strong enough to be a fighter but his healing skills have kept both him and Seth alive in the arena. The pair of them have been through a lot together but their friendship makes them both stronger.
The story switches between Londinium in AD 152 where we find out about Seth and Matt's lives and St Magdalene's boarding school in AD 2012-2013 where we see things from Eve's perspective as she struggles to fit in at her new school. I was very curious to see how Dee Shulman would make these two worlds collide and introduce the characters to each other and found the time travel aspect of the story very interesting. I'm not going to give any detail about it because I don't want to give spoilers so I'll just say it was a concept I've not come across before. I had hoped for a few more answers to my questions by the end of the book but I've just been left even more eager to get my hands on the next instalment.
Although I felt that both of the main romances were a little bit rushed I do think that this is something that will be expanded upon as the series continues. It is hard to get the balance right in the first book of a series when there is so much world building to be done and we are being introduced to a whole new set of characters. I would definitely recommend Fever to anyone who enjoys time travel or romance stories or who is interested in finding out more about the life of a Roman Gladiator. This was a promising start to a new series and it's one I'm looking forward to continuing.
I very, very rarely write negative reviews, but I really struggled with Fever. I was initially interested in this book because I liked the idea of modern and classical worlds colliding, though I was slightly dubious about the addition of some sort of virus that connects the two of them - and rightly so. This novel had a pretty promising start, but it wasn't long before it went sourly downhill. A quarter of the way through, nothing had actually happened yet. Half of the way through, the two main characters hadn't even met yet. Three quarters of the way through and I don't think Sethos and Eva have even had a proper conversation yet. In fact, I don't think they ever have a real conversation at any point in the entire book. The time travel aspect of this novel was really downplayed and I don't think it was actually a main theme of the novel. It was just another thing in this book that sort of happened without explanation. Now thinking about it, the idea behind the time travel is actually pretty unique, but it's a shame that I didn't even notice that whilst first reading it because everything else was so awful. I have also just realised that the main mystery of this novel, the virus, goes unexplained for the entire novel, and not in a don't-worry-it's-in-the-next-novel way, but in a it-seems-to-have-been-forgotten way. I'm about to start reading Delirium, book two in this series, but I'm really not expecting much, I just really want to find out if this book gets any better and I'm hoping that the gaping holes left in Fever will be filled in.
I really wasn't feeling the relationship between Eva and Sethos. For starters it was insta-love that had absolutely no basis. Well, I suppose the basis of their love was the fact that they had somehow kinda met before, but even that mysterious meeting led to insta-love - and I hate insta-love. This book had possibly the worst case of insta-love I've ever read about. In most cases, it's love at first sight but as the characters are rather suited for each other you forgive them. In Fever, it was literally love at first sight, as in, no communication whatsoever and suddenly they're so-in-love-with-each-other-they-could-die (I mean that literally too). I saw no connection whatsoever and it was only worsened by the fact that the way the story was written made me think that Sethos was a lot older and more mature than Eva
Initially I really liked Eva. She seemed like a cool girl who was coping fairly well for a teenager with a pretty crap home life. However, as the story progressed, she got more and more pathetic. Technically, this isn't a fault of the character and more a fault in the plot, but as the virus started to affect Eva more and more, I felt like she was losing more of the character that I had liked so much in the beginning. By the end of the novel, she was basically unrecognisable - and not in a good way. Eva wasn't the only character who underwent such a dramatic change in the novel, in fact, pretty much all of the main characters, and a few minor characters do, and it just made no sense to me. It was literally like they had been replaced by completely different characters that bore no resemblance to their original selves and most of the changes were not even provoked.
This is probably the most negative review that I've ever written, and I'm sorry if it sounds a bit like a rant, but when I got going, I realised I disliked more and more of this book. I've seen a large mix of reviews of Fever, with some giving it high praise and others giving it a mere one star. Unfortunately, I'm with the negative reviewers on this one as I really didn't like this book and I don't really understand what the positive reviewers see in it. I wouldn't recommend this book as large chunks of the plot are unexplained and there are sudden character developments which aren't really in keeping with the events going on in this book.
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an amazing trilogy
plot well so it makes you read till the end