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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (16 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007457790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007457793
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.7 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 589,764 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Wither:
A ‘harrowing debut . . . DeStefano has an observant and occasionally pitiless eye, chronicling the cruelties, mercies, and inconsistencies of her young characters. . . . It will be intriguing to see how DeStefano develops [the larger world] as this promising trilogy progresses’ Publisher’s Weekly starred review

‘Lauren DeStefano crafts an all too believable future. I loved the world, the romance, the writing – exactly the kind of book I've been craving to read’ Carrie Ryan, New York Times bestselling author of THE FOREST OF HANDS AND TEETH

‘[A] thought-provoking debut, reminiscent of The Handmaid’s Tale with a touch of Big Love . . . Rhine’s fight for freedom against the clock—and the dissecting table—will leave readers eager for the sequel. Give this one to fans of The Hunger Games trilogy or Ally Condie’s Matched (2010).’ Kirkus

‘[Rhine] proves herself to be a heroine who faces her situation with spirit and cleverness. The trapped bride and mysterious husband are straight out of Gothic romances. By stirring in elements of sheer creepiness with dystopia and the hot topic of polygamy, DeStefano creates a story that should have broad appeal’ School Library Journal

About the Author

Lauren DeStefano earned her BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Albertus Magnus College in Connecticut in 2007. The Chemical Garden Trilogy is her first series.


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I really liked this book, it was set after Rhine and Gabriel's escape from the mansion so we weren't just stuck in the one place this time. It also meant we got a look at the world and what the disease had done to the cities and country in general. I thought the circus/ brothel was a great idea since it totally threw the idea of childrens carnivals and circus fun on its head, which is what the disease has done to young people. I complained in the last book that I didn't understand Vaughn but alot about his sinister experiments is revealed! I like that Rhine and Gabriel also aren't all flowers and hearts after they escape either, interestingly Gabriel's disappointed by what he finds on the outside. Overall I think the second installment developed the characters more and the plot was full of action and all sorts of adventure. A thrilling read that I'd recommend, I wasn't bored reading this at all and infact couldn't stop until I'd finished. :)
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Can I just start off by saying WOW. Fever is the second book in The Chemical Garden trilogy, I really enjoyed Wither (the first book) but this one defiantly topped it. I devoured it in one day as it was un-put-downable. Rhine really blossomed in Fever and really developed as a character. I think I loved it that little bit more than Wither because Rhine got to leave the mansion and have adventures, horrific as they were, they definitely made for an interesting read.

The storyline picks up right were it left off at the end of Wither. Rhine and Gabriel are trying to bake their way to Rhine's home in Manhattan, in the hopes of finding Rhine's twin brother Rowan. The stumble upon a carnival in the scarlet district, that is run by the venomous Mademe. They are captured and forced to work in Mademe's seedy shows.

Rhine is planning an escape, she says if she could escape once she could do it again. But escaping doesn't prove to be an easy task, they are watched constantly.

Vaughn, her very mad and wicked father in law is tirelessly searching for Rhine, he won't let what he believes is his property go easily. He is determined to bring her back to to the horrendous mansion, with it's basement from hell. Can he succeed? Well he is rich and powerful with all the money and power at his disposal who knows what he is capable of?

I don't want to give to much away to anyone who hasn't read this fantastic book yet, so I won't spoil it by saying anything more. But I will say, the ending, gosh, Lauren DeStefano knows just how to keep her readers begging for more. I am now eagerly awaiting the final instalment in The Chemical Garden trilogy.

Lauren DeStefano writes compellingly, her writing is crisp and to the point and you really couldn't ask for more in a book.
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Fever is the second book in the Chemical Garden trilogy and whilst I enjoyed the first book, Wither, slightly more than this one, it was still a great read.

The series is about a dystopian world where the men only live to 25 and the women 20, so they're forced to breed early in order to keep the population alive. Rhine is the main character and in the first book, she is captured and sold to a wealthy family to marry Linden and become one of his many wives.

The second book follows on from this storyline, but going into more details would spoil the first book. I liked this book slightly less than the first, but I can't place why. Up until around three-quarters of the way through, my interest wasn't held that well, but I'm dedicated to finishing the series so I pushed on. At the end, I was hooked again. The ending was tense and I can't wait to start the third book to find out what happens. I would highly recommend starting this series.
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This is an okay follow up..but personally I liked the first one better. I spent a lot of time reading this book, purely because I got a tad board half way through and stopped reading, but after a while I started reading it again and I finished it and Im glad that I did, as the story does get better through out the book.
Pros-
-The second tells you more about Rhines world out side of the prison/mansion
-The story is just as detailed as the first one.
Cons-
-At the begging the story does drone on a bit but trust me its necessary!
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Lauren has brought the magic to this book just like the first. Every words leaves you begging for more. The book is captivating and will hold onto you right up until the very last word. Lauren has somehow found a way to make the book affect the readers emotions. It is as though you are a part of the book as the description lights up the story. If you want to read a good book go for this one, it not only has an ability to captivate the reader but also to involve the reader. One of the best books I have ever read and most likely the best one I will ever read! Enjoy this book as much as I have, you won't regret buying this book!
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Rhine Ellery has escaped her forced polygamous marriage along with Gabriel, a servant. In her desperation to escape her gilded cage, Rhine has forgotten a lot about the real world and runs straight into a trap in the form of a strange run-down carnival. Desperate to reach her brother in Manhattan, Rhine and Gabriel struggle to free themselves but with Rhine's sinister father-in-law Housemaster Vaughn determined to recapture her will they be able to escape again.

This is the second book in the Chemical Garden trilogy (after Wither) and a book I was eagerly anticipating given my enjoyment of the previous installment. Now away from the mansion Rhine and Gabriel are on their own and the book has a great feel of danger as the realities of the world set in. Gabriel's reactions in particular are fascinating as all he has ever known has been an orphanage and the mansion, and Rhine never prepared him for the brutalities of the world.

The book is very much about Rhine and Gabriel's journey to New York and so it twists and turns as they travel and come into contact with other people. That said there were a few plot twists that didn't make any sense, particularly those of Madame and her decisions about what to do with Rhine. It's hard to discuss without spoilers but one day work was done only for a decision to make said work pointless which seemed unusually wasteful for her character.

I was expecting Rhine and Gabriel's romance to develop more in this book away from the influence of Linden, but it seems that reaches beyond his physical presence.
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